For years I have been encouraging fellow dog parents to allow their dogs to sniff more frequently when out on walks. A dog’s sense of smell is their most powerful sense, and humans don’t exactly understand how important it is that a dog use their nose. Recently I saw an image on the Dog Decoder Facebook page which referred to “sniffaris” – a walk where you allow your dog to enjoy sniffing. Jill Breitner explains that a “sniffari” is far more enriching for a pup than a 30 minute walk at heel. But why? In this post I delve into why it’s important to let your dog sniff.
Can you believe it’s already mid November?! Where has this year gone? Thanksgiving is next week and I get married in 45 days! WOW. What happened?! Anyways, with all of that being said, ’tis the season of cake, cookies and lots of food! I know everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays (and a wedding in my case) but we mustn’t forget about our dogs during it all. Sounds impossible, right? Well yeah, but some of us may forget that our dogs need extra exercise during this hectic time of year just like we do! So next week, which is Thanksgiving week, I’m challenging myself AND you to take your dog on a walk every day of the week no matter what!
Many people think that having a yard for your dogs means daily walks aren’t necessary. This is a common misconception. Going on a walk is the most enriching activity you can do with your dog. The sights, smells and sounds give your dog the mental and physical stimulation they need. It’s National Walk Your Dog Week so we’re discussing why it’s extremely important to take your dog on a daily walk.
Check out some photos of my beautiful kids, while out on a gorgeous afternoon walk!