Enough of the psycho/spiritual crap. This was a short lollipop walk. The usual adventure for man and his dog. Who benefits more? The man or the dog?
The dog gets some time off the leash. Gets to sniff around. Eat pooh. Play with untethered friends. Scare up a deer. And run, run run...
And the man? He gets to move. Supervise the dog. He gets time untethered too. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors.
Judging by enthusiasm, I'd say the dog gets more benefits.