4 Reasons You Should Hike With Your Dog

January 3, 2019 | We Care | Tips from Heather Burdo

Much like humans, getting your dog to exercise is necessary for their health. Your dog may get bored of just roaming the yard around your house. You may want to consider taking him on an adventure, such as hiking. Going hiking can provide several benefits – Here are some of those benefits.

Companionship. Taking your furry friend out on an adventure like a hike can strengthen your bond. You can build that bond through sharing an experience of physical exertion and fun. 

Exercise. Walks are always a great choice for providing your dog some exercise; however, hiking offers a better experience. Hiking, especially with rugged or elevated terrain can work different muscle groups, making your dog stronger. If you have a lot of energy to keep up, regular hikes can make you and your dog healthier. 

“…regular hikes can make you and your dog healthier.”

Security. It’s not ideal to go hiking alone. If you don’t have a friend or family member to go with you, bringing your dog is a great option. Having your dog nearby can allow you to feel safe. Not only will your dog protect you from other animals but he can protect you against dangers from other humans. 

Health Issue Prevention. Hiking on a regular basis with your dog can keep him in good physical shape, which can provide protection against behavioral disorders and even physical health issues. Dogs who are overweight can endure health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. Physical activity, such as hiking, is ideal to keep your dog’s mental health healthy as well. Destructive behavior is often reduced by physical activity. Dogs can get depressed, just like humans – hiking can cure their boredom that often leads to depression. 

Photo by Ryan Stone on Unsplash

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