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I've written a couple of articles on the importance of olfactory walks for our dogs. Dogs want and need to stop and smell the environment around them. Too many people are concerned with exercise and getting from point A to point B or home and this misses the most important point of allowing their dog to stop and smell. We should be thinking of our dogs more than ourselves and our vision of what walking should be. Cesar Millan makes this huge mistake in his view of walking. It's not about control , it's about freedom to do what dogs need and want to do. Here is more on this from someone who knows Take Your Dog on a Sniff
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Great article Dave. I took Emmie on a sniff walk at 6 AM this morning, in the rain, and it amazes me how much she smells. She loves to stick her nose in a pile of wet leaves! I try to make most walks about her and not about my exercise needs so thanks for the reminder.

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I do both. I definitely agree that they need to have time to "smell the roses." (errr... dog pee ) but it's also important that they stay fit, especially if you are doing strenuous activities with them. So I make sure that they get both. Sometimes off leash and sometimes on leash. I find that they get more natural fitness/movement and "sniff time" off leash. They are likely to blast along, then stop for a good long sniff, then go blasting off again.
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Scout and Truffles go to the park with my husband so they can run off leash at least once a day. Makes me too anxious to have them off leash.

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My guys LOVE off leash walks. Of course, Panda's too young... she doesn't even know how to walk ON a leash yet! But both Kodi and Pixel regularly hike with me off leash.


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Thanks Dave, I agree completely with your premise. Unfortunately, our community requires that dogs be on leash at all times. Therefore I give Ricky 2 to 3 on leash walks a day totally a minimum of one hour. Half the time he is in training and I require him to heel at my side. The other half of the time he is allowed to do his dog thing. When in training, I set the pace. When not in training, I let him set the pace.

I am organizer and chairman of a local dog owners group. We will be lobbying for more opportunities for our dogs to be off leash in a safe environment.

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My guys LOVE off leash walks. Of course, Panda's too young... she doesn't even know how to walk ON a leash yet! But both Kodi and Pixel regularly hike with me off leash.
My two little ones are not as well behaved!

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Great article Dave. My two love to read their "pee mail". I try to break my walks into smelling and exercise. I do however think the sniffing can get out of control. I've conditioned mine to hearing me say "One-Two-Three" and they're done. One of my trainers told us they don't need more then a few seconds to do a sniff. I think it's funny however that I now know the prime smelling spots and always make it a point of letting them spend a little more time sniffing there.

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yeah one's walks don't have to be off leash. Even on leash you can let them smell all they want. Simply train a let's go cue, after you think they've read their mail. If you want to make sure to get some elevated heart rate exercise in on the walk as well , jog with them. The mental exercise is more important for the walks. Dog's that are forced to walk non stop or next to non stop can become stressed and frustrated at not being able to smell their environment. Healiing can be trained anytime, it should not be but a small portion of the walk.

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