“Everytime I take my dogs for a walk, they spend the entire time with their noses sniffing and dragging on the ground!”
Scent Marking Is Serious Business
Your sniffing Dog(s) inherited a very keen sense of smell from wolves. Dogs have since developed a complex social structure over the 30,000 years since separating from the Wolf. This becomes apparent while leash training your dog.
When taking walks while leash training, dogs can ascertain lots of information about the other dogs who left their “mark” in this environment or territory. That information reveals a lot about the animals in other territories as well.
Believe it or not…Marking may be done to perhaps actually make some sort of statement or even Graffiti! Dogs who come upon the scent while leash training, can discern a lot about their fellow canines or of their foes. Now you know why your dog is sniffing it’s way through the neighborhood.
“These messages can tell your dog how many other dogs are in the immediate area. Things like whether a female is in heat or what he or she had for lunch, and when they were last in the area,” says Carlo Siracusa, director of the Small Animal Behavior Service at the veterinary hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
When you think about it…That’s a LOT of distractions…isn’t it? And those are just the ones Dogs can Smell on the ground and in the air when leash training on walks!
How Many Sounds Can You Think of That Your Dog Reacts To
- Neighborhood Cat Fight
- Dog Fight
- Postman’s truck arriving
- Another Dog Barking
- A person Talking a few houses down
- Another Dog being Walked
- A Squirrel Chattering around in a tree
- A person Mowing their Lawn across the street
- Someone Arriving Home in their Car
- A person arriving home on their Motorcycle
- Arriving on their Bike
- Kids on Skateboards
- A woman Pushing a baby carriage on the sidewalk
Sounds carried by the wind are filled with a Lot of distractions for dogs!
Consider Most of the Items in the Previous List Again
There are clearly similar things that dogs can also overreact to, like Sights!
“My Dog Reacts to Everything He Sees“
Visual Distractions When Leash Training
Dogs Mostly Overreact to the World Around Them
A dog owner and even a dog trainer, must find a way or many ways to stand out long enough to register in the dogs ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) type brain. When leash training, dogs react to so many different things, that they really don’t have time to contemplate Why they react that way!
Dog’s aren’t generally interested in or have the inclination to do anything their owners want them to do. As humans and dog owners, we have a responsibility during leash training to protect our pets. When leash training, owners need to regulate them enough to save their lives and protect their health and well being.
Please stop thinking of your dog as your protector. This is where most dog owners get into trouble and let their dogs protect them. The owners soon or eventually realize that they may have created a monster by not giving their dog rules and boundaries from a qualified leader. Correctly leash training your pet can clearly facilitate a harmonious and symbiotic relationship in the home and on walks.
Fresno Dog Owners Learn to Positively Motivate Their Dog
Besides leash training, the trick is to keep Dogs Interested enough and Rewarded with Encouragement enough (not always with food treats either) to always help the dog be motivated into learning new information. That is the art of teaching a dog How to learn to listen to you! This is what I call my STOP SIT & WAIT Method! Dogs may eventually get what they want, but first they must do something for me…and that’s…Stop Sit & Wait.
Behavior Training for Dogs and Their People
When dogs follow a command from their owner while leash training, they should always get something they may have wanted. It could be a kind word or nice pet or a treat or a verbal good dog etc. As a dog owner, you already know that dogs want to sniff something like a bush. They will super intensely sniff that bush for an hour if you let them (picture a CSI investigator on a murder investigation).
Dogs get most of their information through their noses. when leash training, dogs feel the intense instinctual drive to sniff everything in their path. The owner needs to exert some control over if and when and for how long they allow the sniffing to happen.
I say…remember that it is Your Walk…you choose whether your dog drags you to where it wants to go or if it goes where you guide and lead it to go. Dogs want to lead and will lead you if you do not lead them. Basic training for dogs and their people. Be who your dog looks up to! It’s the Way of a Dog!