when i walk my dog he stops and starts smelling things. how to stop this habit?

When i walk my 2 year old male dog he stops and starts smelling the grass, pavement, car tires and other surfaces for no reason at all.

After smelling he then wants to change walking direction and I have to pull his leash. Few minutes later he would again do this smelling thing and change of direction.

The change of direction is really very annoying. I want him to walk in the direction that i am going, not sideways or towards some pole or tree.

How to modify this behavior?

I just want that he does not smell anything and that he walk in the direction that I am going.

This is one of the few times I’m ever going to suggest a Halti or Gentle Leader head collar, and I’m only suggesting it because your dog will be behind you sniffing if you keep walking, not bolting ahead of you and getting its neck bent backwards.

Get a Halti and start walking him with that. When he stops to sniff, you just keep going and drag the dog along with you if you have to. Never jerk the lead. Your dog should soon learn that all that sniffing is not going to happen.

11 comments

  1. All dogs do that; they are led by their noses. Smell is their primary sense, and some breeds (such as beagles) have even been bred to be more attuned to the scents floating around them. Expecting a dog to not smell anything is like expecting you to not look at anything while you walk; you might as well put your dog on a treadmill because that’s about how fun it will be to him, and at least that way he won’t be so "annoying" to you. If your dog stalls for more than a couple seconds, just pull him gently (or more firmly if he’s really set on it) in the direction you wish to go and call his name to bring his mind back to the present.
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  2. Hmmmm…..maybe you shouldn’t have a dog. Dogs have incredibly keen noses that sniff out everything — and, part of the purpose of taking him for a walk (other than for good exercise), is to let him experience new smells and a new environment. Maybe you ought to learn from him, and stop to smell the roses now and then.
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    Common sense

  3. As soon as your dog stops to smell the roses. Tell him "Leave it " and tug on the leash. When he stops don’t you stop just keep walking. He shouldn’t be the one in charge you are. You need to show him that you are the pack leader. By letting him stop whenever he wants to he is showing that he is in cotrol of you and that you are beneath him.
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  4. perhaps you should get a cat, and leave it at home, you don’t seem to understand much about dogs,
    Dogs sniff, they like to, they enjoy being outside.
    think of it this way, if you were locked up all day, and someone took you outside among flowers and such, wouldn’t you want to check them out?

    give the dog some freedom to be a dog, or get a non outdoor animal
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  5. hi, im a dog trainer, dogs key sence is smell, like yours are your eyes. dogs smell so much more than you, thats how they find out about the world around them. but your right, stopping and smelling, pulling on the leash is a training problem. though it comes natural to them, you control your dog, you tell him when its ok to stop and smell and use the bathroom. the first thing you need is the right size lead(leash). put it up not down the neck, where the skull meets the top of the neck. i recommend a nylon/chain slip coller(they will only slip a limited distance and not hurt the dogs neck, but tighten enough to work). only let out about 2 feet of slack from the leash. start by standing still with the dog level with your side and walk, he will fallow. the dog should never be in frount of you, only beside or behind. because of the position of the coller, he cant smell the ground. dont stop, get a stedy pace and keep it. it he starts to really pull of act crazy, stop walking and make him stop and sit(not smell). when he does, continue walking. it will take a few times. if you still have problems, seek a trainer to help.
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  6. You have to train him to be obedient to you. You should buy a training collar for these walks and train him to heel when you are walking, which is walking by your side the entire time. This will take some time, but whenever he tries to sniff or pull at something you gently tug at the leash and say no and doing this consistently and repeatedly will give you the desired result.
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  7. Hello!
    Dogs live to sniff. Let him be.
    Besides its his walk. He needs excercise and variety. If you really find this annoying, keep a box of fav. doggie snack with ya and when he does tooooooooo much sniffing, throw it into the air and let him go eat it. I know dumb advice but its the best you can do.
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  8. Sniffing for a dog is like
    watching TV, reading the newspaper (books, comics) is to you. It is their way of leaning what is going on in the world.
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  9. This is one of the few times I’m ever going to suggest a Halti or Gentle Leader head collar, and I’m only suggesting it because your dog will be behind you sniffing if you keep walking, not bolting ahead of you and getting its neck bent backwards.

    Get a Halti and start walking him with that. When he stops to sniff, you just keep going and drag the dog along with you if you have to. Never jerk the lead. Your dog should soon learn that all that sniffing is not going to happen.
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