Any dog owner knows that they need a lot of attention, and larger breeds definitely need their walks. Sitting around cooped up inside all day isn’t good for them, but it isn’t good for you either.
If you sit around all day, you and your dog are going to get overweight and out of shape, so you need to go on some walks together in order to stay fit.Walking your dog is one of the best ways to bond with them.
They’ll get super excited at the mere mention of a “walk” and you’ll get some exercise in yourself. Take them around the park, up and down a residential street, whatever you prefer.
As long as you’re both getting cardio in, that’s great. Make sure whenever you go on walks to bring any necessary bags or other items for when your dog uses the restroom, though, so you don’t end up leaving waste behind in public spaces.
Even if you don’t have your own dog, you might be able to help one of your friends by walking theirs. If they work a lot or don’t like taking them, you can do so to help your friend, spend time with their dog, and get in shape.
For all parties, it’s a positive outcome. Something you also might consider is volunteering to help walk shelter dogs. They’re often cooped up in their cages day in and day out, and they don’t get all the attention they need due to the low staff numbers.
By volunteering, you could really be helping them out more than you know. You can walk a bunch of different dogs all in the same day, giving them exercise, socialization, and a chance to play around.
You’ll get a sense of satisfaction knowing you got to help and make a difference, but you’ll also get some much needed cardio from either running with them or holding them from going too fast and from walking long distances.
No matter what you choose to do, you’re guaranteed to lose some weight from doing dog walking. If you get really good at it, you could consider charging people to do it on the side to pull in some extra cash while you get fit. Managing multiple dogs at the same time can be stressful, but all that pulling will certainly work out your arms and leave you feeling sore the next day.