What is the purpose of going for walks without allowing your pet to explore and smell?
We all want our dog to walk obediently on a leash. However, it’s also important to allow a dog to have some time to explore her surroundings while walking obediently on a leash. Dogs see with their noses, and they place as much importance on their sense of smell as we humans place on our sense of vision for interpreting the world around us. It’s probably safe to say that dogs appreciate the smell of a tree trunk the way we appreciate a beautiful sunset.
However, most busy pet (dog) owners are so focus on going on walks for the sole purpose of exercise or potty breaks. They trudge along the same old route, often without any variety or sense of leisure, and in too much of a hurry to get back home again.
After hours of staying indoor, it is important that you dedicate one or two of your daily walks to having a “smell walk” — going slow and letting your dog take in the world with her nose. Go somewhere entirely new, explore a different neighbourhood or trail, let your dog sniff at a spot until she gets her fill, even if it’s for minutes at a time before moving forward. For helping your dog know the difference between a walk where she should be obedient and stay beside you, and a walk where she is free to explore.
These walks are a wonderful opportunity for your dog to get some of the mental and sensory stimulation that keeps life interesting for her. And for you after a hard day work, to relax, reflect and enjoy this moment with your loving pet.