Benefits of Socializing With Your Dog

Socialized dogs are less prone to aggressive behavior.

Dogs are smart, they know what’s good for them but unfortunately they need the person at the other end of the leash to lead the way. Most dogs love to be out in nature. Here are 4 great reasons to grab that leash and head outdoors. If you’re in the New York area, before you go, visit The Official Website of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for all the information you need about NYC’s parks, beaches, dog runs, bicycling, and more. This is a great resource, especially with summer coming.

Develop a Deeper Bond With Your Dog

We know you already have a deep bond with your dog and adventuring together will only deepen that bond. It’s not only something you’ll both enjoy but it’s also great mental stimulation for you both. Dogs love to roam and giving them an outlet that speaks to their nature makes them happy. Walks with your dog also entails a lot of non-verbal communication. Dogs greatly respond to physical communication and it helps give them a greater understanding of you.

Being Out in Nature Helps Mental Health

Dogs and humans alike can face boredom, irritability, restlessness, and even depression. Getting off the couch and into our neighborhoods/wilderness helps offset these ailments as physical exercise creates endorphins which boost our mood. Sunlight increases your serotonin levels which are also mood boosting hormones.

Expand Your Social Circle

Loneliness is a challenge for so many people especially during recent times, but with a dog by your side you can find many ways to get out the house and meet people. Walking/Hiking with your dog gives you the opportunity to meet fellow dog owners. You may meet your dogs new best friend, but even a quick chat with another dog owner about all the silly things are dogs do can offset the feeling of loneliness.

Improve Your Physical Fitness

Reaching and achieving your fitness goals is a whole lot easier with a faithful canine by your side. You are much more likely to go for a walk with your dog than alone which makes dogs a great addition to your physical health. Walking for just 30 minutes each day increases your cardiovascular fitness, strengthens bones, reduces excess body fat, and boosts muscle strength/endurance.