By Dr. Michael Hunter
Good news! “Autopsy: The Last Hours of…” is heading back into the studio to film new episodes. Although production has been shut down due to COVID-19, my team will resume shooting in November and following safe production practices, including masks and social distancing on the set.
While the shoot schedule has been on hold, I continue to explore the outdoors on weekends hiking with my dog, Bailey, in and around California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.
For most people, pets aren’t just animals that live with you. They’re a part of your family, and you naturally want to include them on group excursions. The good news is that exercising with your pet is good for both them and you, so grab a leash and head outdoors! Whether you walk around the block or hit up a hiking trail, you can both enjoy numerous benefits of exercising together, such as…
These days, a many folks are not getting out of their house or yard. But going out for a hike is a great way to add mental stimulation to your dog’s routine, reduce stress, for you both and prevent the anxiety that a lot of people are reporting.
PREVENTING BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS
Speaking of mental stimulation, many pet behavior problems stem from the lack of mental stimulation. In particular, some larger breeds will develop maladaptive behaviors when they aren’t challenged both physically and mentally. Regular exercise can prevent problems like chewing, hyperactivity, excess barking and destruction of shoes and furniture.
You may to encounter other dogs on your hike, especially if you head to a trail near a city. And of course, you might enjoy the interaction with other pet owners as well.
Improved behavior. Leash training is an important skill for dogs to learn, for those times you need to travel with them. Going for a walk offers you an opportunity to work on other types of training, too.
As with human relationships, you will bond more with your dog when enjoying activities together.
Going for daily walks can improve your dog’s digestion and help them stay healthy.
EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR BOTH OF YOU
This is the most obvious benefit of taking walks with your dog. Regular exercise can prevent your dog from becoming overweight and developing health problems as a result. And of course, the exercise is also good for you. When I venture out with Bailey, I always watch for signs of exhaustion or dehydration. I also keep a bottle of water and a bowl on hand, so I can offer water regularly (especially on long hikes).
See you soon and keep an eye out for new episodes of “Autopsy: The Last Hours of…” It’s a fascinating program to research and present and I hope you learn as much from it as I do.
Dr. Michael Hunter