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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-17-2018, 03:58 AM
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I've always said, anyone who owns a Min Pin better have a sense of humor! LOL!

Pixel is VERY gullible about "joining up" to examine something in the grass. She doesn't play "keep away" like Panda will if given the opportunity, but she can be pretty much "I'll come when I'm ready!" about it. But she will NEVER get out of sight, so if you bend WAY over, and make a big deal about examining something REALLY INTERESTING on the ground... She.can't.help.herself. She HAS to come see what it is. Then I talk to her about it, while continuing my "examination" with her help. She takes this VERY seriously. When we have thoroughly examined "the spot", I skritch her back and pick her up. She is SO happy to have spent this "moment" with you, that she is completely happy to go back in the dog yard or the house.

Panda isn't that gullible. She wants "the goods". LOL! Seriously, I think the difference may be that I've done some nosework with Pixel, so she understands that game, where Panda doesn't really.
Oooh! I like this! Zumba has to smell EVERYTHING she encounters on our walks and 80% of that, it seems, has to end up in her mouth. It drives me crazy. I think I am taking the wrong approach. I need to embrace this with her and check everything out with her. Don’t know how well we will do with the potty walk, but at least it will be more fun for the both of us. And i may have a future nosework dog in the making!
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Yes! We noticed this with Merry when we first brought her home. She wanted to sniff Everything! Whoa! What was THAT smell???? So we did sign her up for nosework and she absolutely loves it.
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Oooh! I like this! Zumba has to smell EVERYTHING she encounters on our walks and 80% of that, it seems, has to end up in her mouth. It drives me crazy. I think I am taking the wrong approach. I need to embrace this with her and check everything out with her. Don’t know how well we will do with the potty walk, but at least it will be more fun for the both of us. And i may have a future nosework dog in the making!
Well, Zumba is still a young puppy, so that's different from an adult dog anyway. But I don't "walk" when pottying my dogs. Ever. I go to an appropriate place, stand there and say "go potty". They have as much freedom as the 6' leash allows. That's it. I allow them to sniff around and decide where they want to go in that radius, but I find, especially with puppies, that they are like butterflies, and like to flit from one interesting smell to another, COMPLETELY forgetting what they are supposed to be doing.

Some dogs also quickly learn that once they potty, the fun is over, and they are taken back inside. So if that is the message they are getting, they are going to put it off as long as possible. My guys are always pottied BEFORE we go on a walk or get in the car. Not to say they never go again on a long walk, but we don't "walk to potty", so they know they better take care of business, or the fun stuff isn't going to happen.


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Well, Zumba is still a young puppy, so that's different from an adult dog anyway. But I don't "walk" when pottying my dogs. Ever. I go to an appropriate place, stand there and say "go potty". They have as much freedom as the 6' leash allows. That's it. I allow them to sniff around and decide where they want to go in that radius, but I find, especially with puppies, that they are like butterflies, and like to flit from one interesting smell to another, COMPLETELY forgetting what they are supposed to be doing.

Some dogs also quickly learn that once they potty, the fun is over, and they are taken back inside. So if that is the message they are getting, they are going to put it off as long as possible. My guys are always pottied BEFORE we go on a walk or get in the car. Not to say they never go again on a long walk, but we don't "walk to potty", so they know they better take care of business, or the fun stuff isn't going to happen.
Yes, I have read that. So our potty walks is she pretty much takes care of business fairly quickly in our front yard and then we go for our walk. I like to get down the lane where the horses are at, but Zumba is just too entertained with everything else so we have only made it that far (which is not too farJ once. When we turn to go back home, I tell Zumba, “Let’s go home!” And then we both run home. I would prefer if she didnt dally so much so that I would have a bit more road to run back on.

I did stop and check out her spots with her today. I think she didn't consider that as much fun. She wanted to turn back to go home fairly quickly. Lol!
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Yes, I have read that. So our potty walks is she pretty much takes care of business fairly quickly in our front yard and then we go for our walk. I like to get down the lane where the horses are at, but Zumba is just too entertained with everything else so we have only made it that far (which is not too farJ once. When we turn to go back home, I tell Zumba, “Let’s go home!” And then we both run home. I would prefer if she didn't dally so much so that I would have a bit more road to run back on.

I did stop and check out her spots with her today. I think she didn't consider that as much fun. She wanted to turn back to go home fairly quickly. Lol!
Be careful of running with her at this stage... I can't remember her age, but I don't think she's very old yet, right? You can do damage to their bones and joints running them too far or on hard surfaces. The other problem is that if you get her to hyped up about the "coming home" part, she is likely to want to turn sooner and sooner (because the running is fun!) and then if you DON'T let her run, she is likely to start pulling on the leash. I know she probably seems to be having a blast running with you, but she doesn't know what is good or bad for her, so you have to make those decisions.

It's great that you are getting her to potty before you head off on your sniff walk! It could just be that she's too young to enjoy "communal sniffing". But as I said, Panda isn't all that interested in it either. So it seems to be that some get more of a kick out of it than others!
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