If you don’t give your dog something constructive to do with their energy, they’ll find something to do on their own. And these sorts of self-motivated “activities” somehow always end up being ones we don’t like -- goodbye dress shoes!
So what are some of the characteristics of dogs wanting more exercise?
- Destructive chewing, digging or scratching
- Hyperactivity, excitability and night-time activity
- Knocking over furniture and jumping up on people
- Aggressive and excessive predatory and social play
- Attention-getting behaviours like barking and whining
So if you’ve encountered some of these behaviours or traits it’s time to take your dog out for some exercise. Plus, it can be beneficial to you - especially if you walk with them.
Our dogs are actually great enablers for positivity - our dogs can make us healthier!
According to research conducted by the University of Western Australia, 7 in every 10 adult dog owners achieved 150 minutes of physical exercise per week. Non dog owners? Only 4 out of 10 hit the recommended 150 minutes per week suggested by doctors.
Among new dog owners monitored for one year, recreational walking increased by an average of 48 minutes per week.
While everyone has their preference (beach vs bush), a good spot should generally have lots of room and be safe.
Also keep the “locals” in mind. While you may think your dog is adorable running and jumping up on people, it can be quite scary and intimidating for children and old people. So watch out for schools and retirement homes!
Here are some fantastic spots we love in Auckland:
Albany Reserve Loop - a fantastic spot for you and your pup to explore in the North Shore. Coffee is also quite accessible. Keep in mind some parts are on-leash.
Henderson Creek - “the international walkway of trees” in West Auckland is a sight to see, with lots of room to walk and play. Make sure to check which areas are off-leash though.
Meola Reef Dog Park - a great spot to let the dogs run around off-leash in Western Springs
The Auckland Botanic Gardens - a beautiful and picturesque spot for the family too. The off-leash area is at the northern end of the gardens, near the Everglade Drive entrance. Keep in mind some parts are on-leash.
Big King Reserve - a large off-leash park with a water tower. Great fun. Off Mount Eden Road
And during winter, the beaches are great place to go to as they are less crowded. The beaches in the North Shore are all marvelous, but we love St Leonards Beach in Takapuna.
Keeping your dog healthy, happy and out of trouble with daily walks is not only a lot of fun but it also provides many benefits for them:
- Helps to reduce or eliminate digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity
- Helps to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber
- Helps to keep your dog’s weight under control
- Helps to reduce digestive problems and constipation
- Helps timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust
So grab a lead and go for a walk -- today and every day! Dog walking is a great way to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle routine for you and your dog.
Did we overlook some great walking spots?
Do you have any “secret” spots that you would like to share? Give us a bell in store on 09 448 2227