Whether you take a short circle around the block or hike through the woods, focus on maintaining a good, steady pace. Get a friend and their dog to go along but make sure it’s on the same pace as you and your dog. Walking a Labrador and a Shihtzu together will not get the same out of it.

If you are really moving and have pep to your step — even for 10 minutes — it makes a big difference. I have a client that is a runner and on the weekends she takes her dog running but during the weekday because of her work schedule she is not able to so he spends his days in doggie daycare to get exercise and interaction with other dogs and humans.

Most dogs would love spend their days playing fetch or tugging a rope toy, but dogs need physical and mental stimulation to avoid boredom or unwanted behavior. Consistent walks help dogs mentally reboot.

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