We all know the importance of exercising our dog, and religiously each day we head out into the rain, shine, and other elements to ensure our four-legged friend is getting all the exercise that they need. It is also vital that we understand the breed of dog we have, collie’s, for example, are high energy working dogs, spaniel’s need to run. In contrast, a Chihuahua can get away with a shorter walk, but it should be remembered that they are dogs and do need to walk not be carried.
However, if you have ever seen someone pulling up their dog’s lead saying, ‘come on, get a move on’, or if you are guilty of this yourself then this is the article for you.
While it is essential that dogs are given the opportunity to run off some of their energy the sniff and decompress is also a necessary part of life for a dog and something you should look to incorporate in your daily routine.
The Nose Knows
We consider the primary sense in a dog to be the nose and sense of smell. Sniffing is actually a way of gaining a lot of information and an important part of their communication. When a dog has its nose to the ground and is sniffing the area, they are actually exploring and learning about the surroundings and other dogs and animals that may have been there before them. This is enjoyable for your dog, and lots of smells are very stimulating mentally and this, in turn, makes them happy, full stump when your dog greets another dog you will see that they use scent to investigate each other. So, it is vital that you give your dog a chance to exercise this very important sense.
Where He Goes, You Follow
Instead of taking a predefined route and marching around keeping your dog on the lead moving as quickly as possible, a sniff and decompress walk is led by your four-legged friend. It is crucial that you let them decide where they are going and at what pace they want to move. Instead of being frustrated by their stopping and sniffing try and understand how important this is to them. Let them decide which direction you’re going to take next; you may discover some excellent routes on the way. The sniffing your dog can do on the walk provides mental stimulation but more importantly, relaxation. This is why we call it a decompression.
Effectively Tired Out
It may not feel like they are putting in as much effort as when they are running across a field, but a decompression walk is a great way to tire out your hound. It gives them so much mentally that they are able to enjoy life more. Think of it as a dog meditation, a chance for them to unwind and clear the mind. The human world can be quite tricky for a dog to navigate, so it’s nice to allow them to do nothing but what their nose tells them to do!