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19 September 2008 @ 10:31 am
Nose to the ground  
Riley's recently taken to leaving his nose on the ground while we walk. He's never been like this before, which is weird. I'm not sure if this is a new habit, a phase or just because the weather has changed a bit and things smell different now? What I do know is that it's highly annoying because he drags on the leash and makes walks very, very difficult. Kind of like pulling a 100 pound lab, in fact! Has anyone experience this? Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can quickly curb this. I've tried the treat method - while we're walking I have a treat in my hand which he has to follow, but I'm not sure if that's really going to do any good or not. TIA!
 
 
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idaidaho88 on September 19th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Odd that he started right now, how old is he?
My dog, Luna, has some commands that help me walk her.
First - we have a command called "SEARCH" - which means nose to the ground and find treats/sticks or follow a trail. In this way the most intense sniffing has it's own command and therefore should not be exhibited unless I say so.
Secondly she is clicked, when she looks at me. If she walks somewhat nicely beside me and makes contact with my eyes, I click and give a treat (without stopping the walking). I also keep quite a good tempo, I find her sniffing getting worse if we just "walk slowly". A nice pase results in a more forward-driven walk.

Well. That's our knowledge. I guess you should give him treats (without stopping, that makes it negative) if he walks straight forward (looking at you or straight ahead). If he's smart he'll see the picture and walk without the nose to the ground. It's hard for a lab, they love their noses! :p