A dog behaviourist has revealed when and how often you should be walking your four-legged friend.

With spring officially here and the clocks going forward on Sunday, March 31, dog walkers can expect better weather and longer days.

As a result of these changes, dog owners may be anticipating more regular and longer walks.

Dog behaviourist Dr Emma Scales-Theobald, PhD, from Pooch & Mutt has revealed some tips and tricks for the season.

Hereford Times: (Canva) Dogs require exercise to keep them happy and healthy(Canva) Dogs require exercise to keep them happy and healthy (Image: Canva)

Discussing the importance of dog walking, she says: "Walks are very important for dogs, as they provide physical exercise and mental stimulation.

"Dogs need physical exercise to stay healthy, maintain their weight, and prevent boredom and taking your dog for a walk is a great way to provide them with the exercise they need.

"Depending on the breed, age, and health of the dog, the amount of exercise required will vary. However, all dogs need some level of exercise every day.

"Walks provide dogs with a variety of sights, sounds, and smells that stimulate their minds.

"Dogs are naturally curious creatures, and a walk can be a great opportunity for them to explore new environments and engage with their surroundings.

"A lack of regular walks can lead to a range of issues, such as obesity, boredom, and behavioural problems.

"Therefore, it's important for dog owners to make time for regular walks to keep their furry friends happy and healthy."

Hereford Times: Dogs generally require at least one walk a day.Dogs generally require at least one walk a day. (Image: free)

Here are some expert tips for walking your dog this spring

Dr Emma revealed several springtime walking tips for dog owners:

Walk at least once a day for 30 minutes

The duration and frequency of your walks will depend on the dog's age, breed, size, health and individual needs.

Generally speaking, dogs should be walked at least once a day for 30 minutes to an hour.

In addition to regular walks, dogs also benefit from playtime, interactive games and other forms of exercise, so it's important to provide a variety of activities.

Monitor your dogs' behaviour

It's common for dogs to exhibit differing behaviours to "ask" to go out for a walk such as bringing their leash to their owner, sitting by the door or whining.

If a dog is showing signs of wanting to go for a walk, it's usually a good idea to take them out to ensure they are healthy, happy and well-behaved.

Stick to a routine

Dogs often thrive on a predictable schedule so owners must be consistent with their walking routine. 

Doing this can help establish a sense of structure and predictability for the dog, which can reduce stress and anxiety.