The sniff test -

The sniff test

Depending on the breed, a dog's nose is anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 times more sensitive than the human nose.

Walking a dog is great exercise. But if your dog insists on stopping to sniff every tree and bush along the way, it can quickly become an exercise in frustration. You don't want to thwart your dog's biological need to explore the world through smell, but Pet Pro Luciano Aguilar says you can teach him when and where to sniff.

"As human beings, we learn new things primarily through two senses: Sight and touch. Dogs, on the other hand, they rely on their sense of smell to learn," says Luciano.

And nothing gets a dog more curious than the lingering scent of another dog that's marked a tree, bush or patch of grass. Believe it or not, when a dog sniffs a spot where another dog has marked, he can actually read how that dog was feeling at the time.

"It's important to let your dog be a dog and satisfy his curiosity by getting some good quality sniffing in. But it doesn't mean you have to turn a walk around the block into an hour-long tug-o-war," Luciano explains.

If you're out on a walk and your dog's nose leads him to an odor of interest, simply walk backwards, regain control and then continue with your walk.

Then, when you've reached an area where you feel like allowing your dog to explore, release him by using a command that he'll come to recognize as the green light to start sniffing.

"I like to say 'break' or 'take a break' to release my dog so he can take it all in, but you can use whatever verbal command you like, as long as your dog knows you're giving him the go-ahead," says Luciano.
Teach your dog when and where it's appropriate for him to sniff. You might be surprised how much more walking the two of you actually do! 

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