“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.
Through sniffing, 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 Graffitti! Dogs who come upon the scent can discern a lot about their fellow canines or of their foes, wby simply sniffing it’s way through the Neighbor “Hood”.
“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!
My Dog Reacts to Every Sound Distraction out There
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!
“My Dog Reacts to Everything He Sees”
Dog Owners “Deal with” All the Visual Distractions
Consider most of the items in the previous list Again. There are clearly similar things that dogs can see to then also overreact to, like Sights!
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 in the dogs ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) type of interest span, in order to teach them anything of any substance. Dogs react to so many different things, that they really don’t have time to contemplate Why they do that! Dog’s aren’t generally interested in or have the inclination to do anything their owners want them to do (unless maybe it was their idea first ).
Fresno Dog Owners Learn to Help Their Dog Be Motivated to Learn
Besides using the leash…the trick is to keep Dogs Interested enough and Rewarded with encouragement enough (not 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…(Stop Sit & Wait).
Joe Ozier Teaches Behavior Training for Dogs and Their People
When dogs first do something like following a command for their owner, they should then get what they may have wanted to do. You know already that they want to sniff the bush super intensely for an hour…as if it were a CSI investigator on a murder investigation. Dogs feel the intense instinctual drive to sniff everything in their path, but the owner needs some control over If and When and for How Long they allow it to happen. It is your walk…you choose whether your dog drags you to where he wants to go or goes where you guide and lead him. Be who your dog looks up to! It’s the Way of a Dog!