Six Important Ways Your Dog Benefits from Regular Walks

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Six Important Benefits of Daily Dog Walks

How often do you walk your beloved dog (honestly)? Do your dogs bark, whine, chew or dig excessively?  Are they restless or do they misbehave around company?  Pay attention, they may be trying to communicate with you.    Many pet owners underestimate the value of a dog walk. Dog walking can improve your pet’s behavior and help them both mentally and physically.  Benefits beyond the obvious can help you and your dog live a happier and healthier lifestyle.  Listed below are a variety of common reasons pups should be treated to walks regularly.

 1. Dog walking promotes health, weight control, and digestive systems.

Pets, just as humans, need regular and consistent exercise to live long, healthy, and happy lives.  Obese dogs have a higher risk for many health problems.  According to, “Obesity in pets is associated with medical complaints including osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and insulin resistance.”  Moving helps the body’s digestion and occasional constipation and helps your pet stay limber, agile, and fit.

 2. Walking alleviates destructive behavior.

Are you noticing a corner of the couch being chewed away?  Are your shoes being destroyed one by one?  Lack of exercise can increase undesirable and destructive behaviors such as chewing, digging, scratching, biting and barking.  Pets are like our children; if they are bored they will come up with something to do on their own… and you usually won’t like it.  What if you or your children were cooped up all day in a crate at home? You’d go crazy without a good book, your favorite Netflix series, or comfort food.  Everyone, including animals, needs stimulus.  Dogs need to see, smell, feel, and hear just as humans do.  A walk around the block, sniffing the neighbor’s grass, or being rewarded with a treat could keep them from acting out in negative ways.

 3. Daily walks also help with hyperactivity.

Some dogs have an endless amount of energy which translates to hyperactivity, an abnormally short attention span, frantic activity, or high impulsiveness.  Pent-up energy can cause inappropriate behavior such as jumping on people, knocking over furniture, running recklessly through the house, garbage raiding, etc.  With longer or more frequent walks our canine friends can be more relaxed at bedtime and less restless in the home.  A calmer animal creates a better day and quiet night’s sleep for both owner and pet.

 4. Daily dog walks address attention-seeking behaviors.

Dogs who are continuously barking or whining are seeking attention.  This is one way they can communicate.  Take this as a hint for more exercise and outdoor activity if they’ve already eaten, had water, are not ill, or have relieved themselves.  It allows the pet to receive the attention they desire and get out excess energy.

5. Walking around the neighborhood encourages socialization

Walking your dog can build trust and promote socialization.  If your pets are timid or fearful this will help them feel more comfortable around strangers, other animals, and new sounds. If your pup is fearful and exhibits extreme shyness or aggression when facing something new, be sure to work with a great trainer who specializes in positive reinforcement training, such as Applause Your Paws here in Miami.

6. Dog walks provide relief!

Of course all animals need a potty break to relieve themselves.  Bathroom breaks are needed for obvious physical reasons, as accidents can happen.  Your dog does not need to be punished for something they physically could not help.  The frequency of breaks depends on breed, age, energy level, needs, routine, or backyard access.  Typically a full grown dog can go 4 to 6 hours without a break whereas a puppy needs to go out once an hour on average. Your silver senior might also need extra outings!

If you don’t have the energy or time, pet sitters or dog walkers are always an excellent option in giving your dog the care it deserves.  Our dog walkers would be happy to help! You beloved dog should never go without a walk.  Walking benefits both owner and pet in more ways than one; enjoy your next stroll through the neighborhood!

Brickell Miami Dog Walkers

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Welcome from our dog walkers in Brickell, Miami! Our professional team is ready to keep your dog fit, healthy,and happy with walks, runs, and midday breaks while you’re at work in a fun and SAFE way!

Why Choose Equipaws’ Dog Walking Services in Brickell, Miami?

Thinking about hiring a dog walker? When deciding on whether to hire a dog walker or not, you should really consider investing in your dog if any of the following apply to you:

  • You work 8 or more hours a day and can’t take your dog out for a break
  • You’re a parent to an active breed, like a Vizsla, Pointer, or Shepherd cooped up in an apartment all day
  • Your dog is getting a little thick around the middle
  • You’ve brought home a new puppy who needs potty training
  • Your senior dog is having trouble holding it as long as usual
  • You’re committed to your dog’s health and happiness!

Every dog deserves a fun break during the day! Walks or runs for the more active pet not only allow relief from holding it 8 hours- the exercise does their body and spirit good!

What Can You Expect from Equipaws Dog Walkers?

In the name of wholesome fun, we make sure to take all precautions necessary to ensure a safe yet entertaining walking or running session. You can count on us to focus our undivided attention on your dogs while out.

Call us at 305-794-3733 , contact us through Power Pet Sitter for your complimentary initial consultation, or EMAIL US with your questions!

New clients in Brickell receive one week free after scheduling one month of recurring visits! (Free week equal to recurring week’s value).

We give individualized pet sitting services, including:

  • One client, one dog walker or pet sitter.
  • response to all inquiries within 24 business hours
  • ready availability when You need it!
  • photo updates via social media or email
  • Convenient online scheduling through Power Pet Sitter
  • Visa and MasterCard credit card payments accepted
  • licensed, bonded, and insured pet care professionals
  • emergency plans in place for hurricane season
  • staff trained in proper walking techniques for heat, rain, and good leash skills
  • dog walkers all trained in pet CPR & First aid

Dog Friendly Parks in Brickell:

Pet owners in Brickell take their friendly dogs to socialize in at Brickell Key Park and the Promenade, and Bayfront Park. Your dogs can enjoy breathtaking the views (and scents) of Downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, and the Port of Miami. This is a family and pedestrian-friendly environment, perfect for lazy strolls, fun runs, and space for playing catch. Just be sure to pick up after your pooches and you’ll fit right in!

You can see our dog walkers enjoying beautiful Brickell any day of the week… we love to meet new pups and cats (although we have yet to see a kitty on a leash!). From professional dog walkers and pet sitters (ahem), to many dog-friendly events, these beautiful neighborhoods have it all. We look forward to hearing from you! Call us today at 305-794-3733 with any questions. We look forward to meeting you and your pets!

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As you are setting up your pet sitting and dog walking appointments, we’d like to give you a friendly reminder that we are switching completely to CREDIT CARDS by November 1st! So when you book for Thanksgiving and other holidays, it will be that much more convenient. Please log in to Power Pet Sitter to add your information today:

We are very happy to finally go truly green and paperless. It’s part of our mission as responsible pet sitters and pet lovers to take care of the planet. Please let us know if you have any questions at all by contacting us at 305-794-3733. Thank you!