by Lisa Desatnik . Hurrying your dog along during walks puts the kibosh on a major enrichment element that’s critical for canine happiness. My dog is a good walker, she walks at my heel, but she sniffs the air every second we are walking. Does your dog like . Do you have a dog who loves to stop and sniff around every mailbox post and fire hydrant when you are on a walk? My Dog Sniffs Everything on Walks This could be a sign that your dog is stressed and agitated, and the sniffing behavior is a way of calming themselves down. Right now, to get her to stop, i tell her "no sniff" and touch her nose. Older dogs can suffer from fears and phobias of noise and thunderstorms and, less commonly, of going outdoors, entering certain rooms or walking on certain types of surfaces. This article is part two in a three article series about walking the dog. Seems to be sniffing the air and watching "imaginary" things going around the room. When you go out for walks, consider switching it up from time to time and allowing your dog to take you for a walk. We just moved in our new home 2 months ago and my dog is constantly sniffing the carpet and walks backwards in almost straight lines at the same time. Lastly, walk your dog like you drive your car. This will help get your dog’s ya-ya’s out in order to make walks more pleasant. Another problem is that she sniffs people as they walk by. Getting your dog out the door for daily exercise will always be a step in the right direction when it comes to their health and happiness. Walking the dog has a lot of potential to be a relaxing, stress-free stroll, but oftentimes, that walk in the park gets interrupted by a dog who demands to stop every ten feet or so to sniff and explore in his own way. This ju … read more This will alleviate the frantic need to pull and sniff on walks. A dog with general anxiety is almost always walking around nervous like they are waiting for something to go wrong. There is a way, however, for your dog to get even more enrichment from their regular walk around the block. While you’re busy looking at the scenery, your dog’s nose is working overtime. Instead of going for time or distance, take your dog somewhere and allow him to sniff everything to his heart’s content. Brachycephalic breeds should also be protected from high temperatures and keeping your dog at a healthy body weight will help as well. For example, you could try using a harness instead of a collar when walking your dog to take the pressure off his neck. [help] Dog constantly sniffing on walks. Plus, sniffing is a simple way to work your dog’s brain. Barks constantly, only calms down when she is walked for a while. A dog that’s allowed to sniff his way through a walk is likely to be more worn out at the end of it than a dog that didn’t have the opportunity. Dog guardians’ own understandably frustrated reaction to their dogs’ behavior can also aggravate the problem—especially punishment is used. “Smell walks” are a great way to bond with your dog and understand the world in a different way. Does that mean there is something underneath my condo? The only time to be worried is if your dog is sniffing in circles constantly and seemingly with intent, for what looks like no good reason. Another tip is to teach your dog to go potty on command. continue reading. He can be asleep and wake up sniffing and walking backwards. This constant anticipation of future unknowns is usually more consistent than fear anxiety or phobias -- no extreme highs and lows, and on-going. There isn’t really a rhyme or reason to it. For real ball-o-holics, you can use a game of turbo fetch to your advantage prior to a walk. 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