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Why It’s Important To Walk Your Dog… Even If You Have A Backyard

It can be tough to find time for daily dog walks. When you have a fenced-in backyard, it can be tempting to just let them out. If your dog gets enough potty breaks in the yard, is it really worthwhile to go on walks?

As it turns out, there are benefits of walking your dog that they can’t get from backyard outings.

Dogs Who Walk Are Easier To Train

Do you avoid walks because your dog turns into a monster? Do they pull until your arm gets sore? Do they bark and bark when they can’t get to a squirrel?

Getting your dog under control on walks takes time, but it’s worth the effort.

The key to leash training is to use communication skills, rather than relying on leash pressure, to guide your dog. You can use both verbal cues and nonverbal signals. Only move forward when your dog stops pulling. Bring treats to reward your dog when they’re walking correctly.

With practice, your dog will learn to be more attentive on walks, even around distractions. This leads to better communication even when the walk is over.

Playing In The Yard Isn’t Always Enough Exercise

Running around in a fenced-in yard does count as exercise. But, it doesn’t always amount to consistent physical activity.

Dogs tend to run in short bursts. They may chase after a bird for a while, and then spend the rest of their time outside sniffing around the garden. Even dogs who have playmates may not actually exert themselves.

Walking is a great way for your dog to develop endurance. You can go for a quick jog or a long walk – both are excellent forms of cardio that can help your dog lose or maintain weight.

Sniffing Provides Mental Stimulation

Walking your dog stimulates their mind, too. Mental stimulation can tire out your dog just as much as physically demanding exercise.

Give your dog plenty of opportunities to sniff during walks. You can actually use your dog’s environment as a reward. You can go for unstructured walks and let your dog lead the way, or you can teach a command to let them know when it’s okay to sniff freely.

Benefits Of Walking Your Puppy

Once your puppy has all of their core vaccinations and gets the okay from your vet, you can start taking them for walks.

Start on leash training early. It’s normal for puppies to be bouncy, chew on the leash, and get distracted. Be patient. Starting early means your puppy can be a wonderful walker by the time they’re an adolescent.

For large breeds, you’ll need to limit high-impact exercise until your dog is fully grown. Running, steep hikes, and clearing tall obstacles can damage your puppy’s growth plates. Short, leisurely walks are a good alternative to high-impact activities.

DOOG Makes It Easy To Get Out And Walk!

Would you walk your dog more if only it were easier to get out the door?

We love the DOOG Walkie Belt and Tidy Bags for that very reason.

You can pack it with spare keys, fill the dispenser with biodegradable Tidy Bags, and load it up with treats so you’re always ready for walkies. Clip your dog’s leash to the built-in carabiner for hands-free walks.

Tidy Bags are scented, making those trips to the trash can much more bearable. Dog poop can pollute your local waterways, so it’s important that you always pick it up.

The Walkie Belt fits snugly around your waist so your dog gear is always within reach, yet safely stowed so you can walk, run, jog and play.

Win a FREE DOOG Walkie Belt!
Walking your dog just got that much easier!  Just leave a comment below letting us know which of the 3 styles you prefer and you could win a FREE DOOG Walkie Belt from 1800PetMeds! Three winners will be chosen at random Tuesday, October 1, 2019, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! There will be a total of three (3) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!  
Congrats to the drawing winners:
Donna G.
Susan J.
Denise Z.

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358 Comments

  1. I carry a bag full of doggie bags as I walk my Buddy. You never know when you have to have more than one or if passing someone who doesn’t have a bag can give them one. I do not care what color or print but it sure would be nice not to have shuffle the bags, the leash, put the bag on a free hand and picking up the waste. It sure would be a great product to have.

  2. I like the gray one. I always make sure I have my doggy bags and tissues with me so I clean up any mess she make.

  3. I like the gray one.

  4. My dog Heidi is getting old, but knows I always have a treat after we are done done feeding the animals. She walks along while I ride in the golf cart on our way to the barn. She rides in the golf cart on our way back to the house. Don’t let her over do it because of her bad hips.

  5. I really like the one with the dots on it!

  6. All are nice, but I especially like the blue one!

  7. I like all of them and would love to have something like this ready to go when I walk my two dogs (a chihuahua/terrier and a sharpee mix). I always have to make sure I am wearing pants with pockets for the poop bags, phone in case of emergency, keys, etc. This bag would make my life so much easier and walks more fun! Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  8. Would love this bag! I love the gray one! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  9. I like the blue one

  10. I like them all but prefer the gray/pink one. I have poop bags attached to my dog’s leash but it would surely be convenient to be able to carry treats without dropping them everywhere. This bag would surely be welcome. Thank you for giving away three of them! 🙂

  11. I think they all are a good idea and design. I
    Like the green camaflouge pack. I really need a good pack because I need to take my keys
    With me when I walk my dogs . I end up clipping my keys to my bra strap. And I can’t afford to lose my keys. Having a good pack will allow me to walk my dogs more often
    And my dogs and I will be happier and
    healthier.

  12. If I win I would love the gray with pink for my Luna, Good Luck 🍀 to me that I get this amazing waist bag. It’s perfect.

  13. I would love to win this product. I have two dogs that I take for walks. A rat terrier, Pepper, and my beagle mix, Boomer.

  14. I like the gray one the best. Looks so neat and clean and the features show up well and it will match up with other color.

  15. I like the blue one the best, but they are all nice.

  16. i like the gray/pink one I live in a complex where i need to specially pick up after Spencer so I have a little doggie baggie dispenser clipped on my leash so i always have bags with me but I sometimes run out it would be nice to have this to keep a rollll of bags inside and i can keep my keys in there to I have locked myself out of the complex 4 times this year alone

  17. WHAT A GREAT IDEA. I CARRY A BACKPACK WHICH BOUNCES AROUND AS WE JOG. THE CAMO BELT IS SUPER CUTE.

  18. I walk my Border Collie, Cricket. She waits by the door around 6:00 pm almost every day. She knows that this is the time to go for a walk (like she is wearing a watch)! I like the gray belt. What a great idea!

  19. Love the Black dotted one. I have such a hard time with my dog pulling me so hard my shoulder hurts. Sure hope this will remedy her pulling so hard. Looking forward to the win. Thank you for offering free chances to win this Walkie Belt.

  20. I love the blue dotted one! This would be perfect for my Yorkie and I. He loves taking afternoon walks and this could definitely be very useful.

  21. I have a hip belt from when I first started working my huskies in 1998. It is wearing pretty thin and I could really use another! I don’t care which color. They resemble my hip belt, but look more padded. They are great! I hiked with up to 5 huskies at a time. Could grab one line to correct if needed and not have to worry about dropping a leash! Now I just have 2 huskies, but the belt is still my mainstay! Even taking to the vet, I hook up both to my belt and have better control without worry of – again – dropping a leash.

  22. Would love to win the Doog belt in Gray/Pink. I really need to start walking my dog, right now we just let her out in the back yard. Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful belt.

  23. I have 3 dogs and this is a great product! I love the green camo one.

  24. Gray please. Must have one!

  25. Gray please. Must have one! Plan on walking my dogs now that I’m moving. Lots of trails.

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