Walking The Dog As Moderate Aerobic Exercise
Walking the dog is viewed as a chore by many dog owners, despite the fact that they willingly assumed responsibility for the health and welfare of their dog. While this is unfortunate for the dog, it is just as unfortunate for the blissfully unaware owner. An owner that regularly shirks their responsibility of providing walking time for exercise and not simply waste elimination, is not only jeopardizing their dog’s health, they are missing an opportunity to provide a moderate aerobic exercise session for themselves.
A study done at the University of Colorado shows that walking quickly can provide the same health benefits as running without the associated risk of injury. This is significant due to the fact that injuries sustained during exercise often preclude exercise as the body needs time to heal. Furthermore, incurring injuries during exercise can cause a person to avoid exercising. This ability to derive the same results without risking injury is one of many reasons to utilize dog walking as moderate aerobic exercise. A person would be wise to wear comfortable walking shoes.
People that live in an urban environment may say there is no where to walk my dog. This is more an excuse to avoid responsibility than a reason to not walk the dog. Even in urban areas there are parks which allow for dog walking. If not, than this should have been a consideration before acquiring a dog. Be certain to keep plastic bags from visits to the grocery store in your pocket for removing any waste left by your dog.
A person may even say they lack the time to walk their dog. Obviously, this issue should have been resolved in the time used deciding whether or not to get a dog. Nonetheless, for one reason or another, sometimes the acquisition of a dog is an unforeseen occurrence. Whatever the case may be, a person that lacks the time to properly care for their dog needs to make some adjustments to their schedule or find another home for the dog.
Some people will try to avoid walking the dog, and thereby exercising, by saying that it is too boring. A common complaint found among those that tried exercising and then quit. A solution for dog walking boredom can be found in dog agility training.
Dog agility training is very popular and can be quite rewarding. There are a select few that even use dog agility training to earn a living. Nevertheless, for those that have a yard, dog agility training can provide a fun way for the dog and the owner to exercise together and create an even greater bond between the two.
Dog agility training can be an expensive hobby, therefore, many people will choose to to avoid exercising their dog and themselves. However, with a little ingenuity, a person can create their own agility course with inexpensive items. In so doing, the creative person not only exercises their mind, they also create a way to avoid paying a gym membership fee. When seen from this perspective, dog agility training can be said to pay for itself.
There are many things a person can do to make walking the dog more enjoyable for themselves and the dog. The most difficult item may just be getting oneself motivated to walk the dog. Thinking that there are rules to follow may be an inhibiting factor rather than a helpful factor. It is important to avoid the mindset that you are doing something wrong. Be certain, that if you are spending time with your dog that allows it to get exercise you are doing the right thing.