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  • April 30th, 2024
    Written by: Kimberly

    As professional dog walkers, we are intimately familiar with how important it is for your pet to get regular walks. Dogs need 1, sometimes 2 hours of walks per day to stay healthy, and while that may seem like a lot, it’s important to remember that it is in a dog’s DNA to be roaming and walking all day. When they don’t they not only get unhealthy, but they may have behavioral problems as well.

    “Regular walks are the single most important thing you can do to improve behavior” says Marc Goldberg, a dog trainer in Chicago and co-author of many published dog training books. “Dog training is critical, but if your dog is misbehaving, the first thing to do is look at how much they’re walking.”

    At FurBabies, we provide walks during the times when you may not be able to. We walk dogs in the middle of the day when you’re at work, giving your dog not only a much needed bathroom break, but also some much needed exercise so that you don’t have to worry as much about completing the full 1 or 2 hours yourself.

    But we live in Florida. It’s hot here, and humid. There are times of year when it isn’t necessarily safe to go outside. So what do you do when it’s too hot outside to walk?

    • Re-arrange Your Time – Even on the hottest days in Florida, there are plenty of opportunities to walk when the sun isn’t at its highest and the humidity isn’t overwhelming. Walk earlier or later, and you’ll be able to get plenty of exercise in.
    • Do Shorter Bursts – Another reason to consider a local professional dog walker is because we can help you give your dog walks in shorter bursts. If you wait until you come home from work, you may be trying to fit in an hour or more of walking when it’s simply too hot outside. Our walks give your dog a break, and help reduce how much time you have to spend outside later.
    • Play – When we say we need to give our dogs walks, we really mean we need to use their bodies AND their brains. You can’t really give dogs walks indoors because even though they are getting some time to use their muscles, they are not using their brain and not experiencing new sights, sounds, and smells. But you can play with those dogs, which not only exercises them but can require them to think and use their minds.
    • Jog – If you can’t give your dog a full walk, maybe give it a run. Dogs do still need mental stimulation, but jogging can provide more physical stimulation that may shorten the time the dog needs to spend outdoors (depending on the breed). Keep in mind, however, that jogging on a hot day can be dangerous, so limit the jogging to cooler times.

    It’s important to remember that the goal is physical AND mental stimulation. Even when you can’t walk as often, having someone visit and play with your dog provides at least some release of mental energy. For more information about dog walking in Sanford and Lake Mary, FL, please contact us today.