Did you know that a recent survey found that only half of the German Shepherd’s parents walk the dog at least once a day? A whopping 33% even admitted that they rarely walk their dogs! Today is the perfect time to talk about the many benefits of hiking.

Walking has many benefits for humans and dogs. Studies have shown that for overweight people / dogs, a 30-minute walk three times a week can lower blood pressure, increase energy, improve the feeling of well-being and reduce your weight by 5% and 15% on your dog. Here are 5 reasons why you and your dog can benefit from daily walks.

Strengthens your connection. Daily walks provide much needed quality time for you and your dog. This time it is extremely important for your dog’s behavioral development and will provide the basis for a trusting relationship.

Help with weight control. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that the holidays are right there, and that means more satisfaction – for you and your pet. Going on a nice, long walk can help keep those extra pounds off for a year of health.

Improves socialization. Hiking is a great way for you and your dog to experience the world together. Adventure to new places; soak up the views and smell around you. You will be surprised at what you are missing.

Increases physical and mental healthHumans and dogs have several health problems that can be prevented or treated by regular exercise and a healthy diet. Not to mention the extra activity is great for overcoming the dog’s boredom. Your puppy will be happy and you will be grateful for the improved behaviors around the house.

Reduces loneliness. Lonely walks (for humans) or sitting in the yard (for dogs) can be very lonely. Quality walks with your four-legged friend can reduce feelings of loneliness for you and your dog.