Why Your Dog Sniff at Everything on Their Daily Walk
Have you ever wondered why your dog sniffs at everything on their daily walks? I’ve had some pretty good readers send me emails asking why their dog sniffs at everything they pass on their walks. If you’ve ever wondered why your dog does this, the answer is probably because he’s smelling everything, including YOU. Here is a handy guide on how to stop your dog from sniffing at everything you pass on your walks.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Your Dog’s Nose
Your dog’s nose is quite remarkable. It’s got about one hundred thousand of them. That’s a lot of information that they can get from a sniff. When a dog is sniffing at you, that is the same as them giving you a huge lick. They are letting you know that you are a part of their pack. “My dog doesn’t normally sniff at me like that. She must like you.” As long as you are not wearing anything that smells like your pooch’s favorite food, you’ll likely never hear them do it, but if you are wearing something that your dog likes, you’re going to get an extra dose of information. Scents are much more durable than vibrations and sound. If you have on clothes that your dog doesn’t like to eat, or shoes that make the walking feel rough, they can make you feel their displeasure.
Slow Dog Walks Down and Give Your Dog Choices
If you walk your dog on a long-term basis (30 minutes or more), he is likely sniffing at you and everything that he passes. He’s very excited about his walks, which means he is also sniffing everything he sees and smells. This is why your dog is always searching your butt, walking the wrong way and smelling other dogs on your walks. He’s trying to figure out what you want him to sniff. Think of it like this: Dogs are prey animals, so if you’re carrying a small animal or have a sausage, they will hunt you down and try to steal it from you. If you walk your dog on a long-term basis, your dog is probably smelling at every kind of trigger there is on your walks.
Sniffing Can Make Your Dog Feel Better
Dogs who sniff at everything on their walks seem to find sniffing to be a fun game and do it just for the fun of it. The reason why dogs sniff at everything is because they don’t know the difference between what’s good and what’s bad. A dog has a very sensitive nose that is able to detect odors with much more accuracy than a human can. Think about it, your nose is a tiny sliver of your entire body, whereas a dog’s nose is part of its entire body. Your nose is what allows you to identify the odor of a dead animal, for example. However, the thing is that a dog has a much larger nose than your nose. So, what happens when a dog walks by a dead animal? If he picks up the scent, then he might be able to save his fellow dog from eating the dead animal.
Sniffing Can Make Your Dog Feel More Tired
First of all, let’s discuss why sniffing everything on a walk can make your dog feel more tired. When you give your dog a lot of exercise, they also feel a lot of energy. And when you give your dog a lot of energy, they run around and do whatever they can to stay away from sleep. If they don’t have much energy, then they will sniff everything to get some energy. Here is a quick example: Sixty minutes of walking and they go around picking up everything in their path. And while they are walking around picking up everything in their path, they don’t get much exercise. Here is a video for you. The idea is for your dog to sniff everything on their daily walk to stay away from sleep.
Sniffing Is an Important Part of Doggy Communication
Your dog can be smelling whatever it is he’s smelling and he can also be sending you subtle cues, like he is calling your name or alerting you to something exciting. If you ever stop to look at something that catches your attention, your dog probably feels your intense focus on him. This gives him a chance to continue smelling whatever he’s smelling. When you’re going for a walk with your dog, sniffing is your dog’s way of communicating with you. He wants to be sure that you are paying attention to him. This way, you are not spending so much time looking at your phone or worrying about how much water you need to drink. It’s no wonder that your dog also does this on the dog park. Dogs are always sniffing each other, and it seems to be the most important thing to them at the dog park.
Foraging for Food
Your dog might be smelling you, or he might be smelling other people, or even other animals. Or he might be smelling everything he’s ever seen. All of these things are reasons for a dog to sniff at everything he passes on his walk. And you can stop him from doing this. The way to stop your dog from sniffing at everything he walks by is to not let him have free reign over everything on your walks. There are very few exceptions to this rule. If your dog seems to be too distressed or uncomfortable, don’t let him sniff at anything he passes. For example, if you’re passing a park, don’t let your dog sniff at the park. Just let him stay with you and stand with you. This will help him feel safe. Some dogs don’t like the noise of running water.