Unfortunately, it does matter if you can’t be bothered to walk your dog. Walking your dog is an integral part of their overall health and well-being. Not only does it provide them with physical exercise, but it also allows them to explore and interact with their environment.

When a dog is not walked regularly, it can become bored and frustrated. This can lead to destructive behaviours such as chewing, barking, and digging. It can also lead to dog depression.

It can also lead to health problems such as obesity, joint pain, and digestive issues. In addition to physical health benefits, walking your dog provides mental stimulation. 

Dogs need to explore and interact with their environment to stay mentally healthy. When they are not allowed to do this, they can become anxious or depressed. 

Walking your dog is a great way to bond with them. It allows you to spend quality time together and build strong relationships. This is especially important for puppies who need socialisation to become well-adjusted adults. However, If you can’t be bothered to walk your dog but are always used to walking them, perhaps you’re feeling down, tired, or too busy.

Hopefully, if you are feeling down, it won’t last long, and it will pass for you; a dog won’t die without reduced walking sessions for a while. So, don’t add not walking the dog to your list of things to worry about. 

Depression is a severe mental health condition that can profoundly impact a person’s life. It can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness and can lead to physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, and changes in appetite. 

Find someone who can listen without judgment or criticism or seek professional help.

It can also be tempting to skip walking your dog, especially when you’re too busy or tired. Remember that walking your dog allows them to explore the world, sniff out new smells, and interact with other animals and people. Plus, it’s a great way to get fresh air and exercise! So, even if you are tired, do your best to take them out. 

Recovery may only be a while, or you may find yourself with more time on your hands in the future; however, until then, I hope the below ideas will help give your dog some exercise in the meantime and you some peace of mind.

Exercising a Dog Without Going for a Walk

Play fetch: Use a ball, frisbee, or other toys to play fetch with your dog. 

Hide and Seek: Hide treats around the house and have your dog search for them. 

Agility Course: Set up an agility course in your backyard or living room and have your dog run through it. 

Tug of War: Play a game of tug of war with your dog using a rope or toy. 

Stair Climbing: Have your dog climb up and down the stairs for a good workout.

Even though no exercise is involved, getting them out of the house and maybe for a car ride together is good. You could go to Starbucks and grab a pupachino for your dog.

dog sitting in the car passenger side
Car ride with the dog

If you’re looking for a private space to spend time with your pup, consider renting a secure dog park. These parks are typically located away from public areas, and you can book a time slot to ensure you won’t run into anyone else. I often take my dog to one of these parks, which is always a peaceful and enjoyable experience.

Request Assistance with Walking Your Dog

Seek help for walking your dog from the following:

  • Dog walkers  
  • Friend or family member
  • Neighbours
  • Dog daycare centres
  • Pet sitters
  • Professional pet care services
  • Dog trainers
  • Veterinarians

The Basics of Owning a Dog

Sometimes just reading the basics in plain sight might spur you on! 

Owning a dog is a big responsibility. You provide your dog food, water, shelter, exercise, and veterinary care. You should also ensure the dog is adequately trained and has a daily exercise routine.

In return, your dog loves you unconditionally.

Good luck, and remember, someone is always around to help you. You only have to ask!

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