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I personally take my Goldie, a male golden retriever, for walks?

I personally take my Goldie, a male golden retriever, for walks. my Goldie has a deep and compelling urge for keeping on smelling the spots which he finds 'interesting'. He would spend 3-4 minutes at the same spot deeply engrossed and intensely smelling...would not be practically aware of my shouts or even happenings around. This really consumes lot of time when such intense smelling happens at 8-10 spots, and consequently, lot of unfruitful time is wasted. at times, I get bored, frustrated, and even angry.... I understand that smelling is inherent part of a dog's life, but I find other golden retrievers who are less interested in smelling around..and walk faster than Goldie. As such Goldie enjoys smelling more than wlaking while I find the reverse with other dogs. can I get some remedy?
By Bharat Pandya · 08 Jan 2011 10:09 pm

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By Amitava Mukherjee · 08 Jan 2011 10:50 pm
how old is ur dog?
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 09 Jan 2011 12:01 pm
even i too face same behavior with my 4 months old labrador. Eager to know why is this happens?
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By Bharat Pandya · 09 Jan 2011 10:48 pm
thanks Amitav and KamalRaj.
My Goldie is now two years old. when he was younger, I read somewhere that smelling is the language of dogs and it is impulsive to some extent. that is why i did not correct him earlier, hoping he would learn as he matures.

now when i command him to 'CHALO, ENOUGH !!!!!!", he reluctantly obliges but walks very slowly and suspiciously thereafter till he finds a new interesting spot, only a few steps away. at times he wants to go back to the original place where his 'business' was left incomplete. once he urinates at the 'doubtful' place, he seems to feel reassured and then for a while he walks faster....

it seems it might be a crisis of confidence as there are many street/other dogs who keep walking on the same road and urinate at those places where Goldie feels compelled to 'focus'...!!

please help...

probably, KamalRaj may benifit faster ......goodluck!!
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By Navjot Singh · 11 Jan 2011 11:22 pm
Dogs often urinate on different spots declaring that the territory belongs to them. This serves as a sign for other dogs that the particular area belong to a particular dog. How do they understand that? That's the smell of the urine. This is very comman among street dogs. They urinate to delare that the territory belong to them and other dogs understand by sniffing on the area where the dog urinated.
Now, this behaviour of your dog is very normal. Fora street dog tht's very comman as they live in group but for a dog who lives among humans it becomes very curious to grasp what that smell is.
You might find your own dog being very curious to decide where he should pee, he pees on car tires, walls, pillars declaring these belongto him and no male shall encroach it.
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By Bharat Pandya · 12 Jan 2011 11:16 am
thanks navjot,....but my problem remains, isn't it? why some dogs are not that keenly interested in sniffing, and how can i reduce goldie's sniffing habit, if not get rid of altogether?
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By Navjot Singh · 12 Jan 2011 5:47 pm
Hi Bharat, Golden Retrievers are sniffers, that's one of the qualities of the breed. I think, the area u walk ur dog on is frequented by many stray animals. The smell bothers your dog. You want ur dog to get rid of this habbit. Did you give leash training to the puppy? This sniffing problem wouldn't have been such a fuss had your dog been trained to walk on a leash. Does ur dog try to walk ahead of you, making it very difficult for you to control it? If yes, then the dog requires leash training. The training will also solve your dogs sniffing habbit because the training helps the puppy obey you will he's on a leash.
View some videos on youtube about leash training. Train the dog on a play ground or a garden, this should help a lot
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By Navjot Singh · 12 Jan 2011 10:56 pm
Hi Bharat, Golden Retrievers are sniffers, that's one of the qualities of the breed. I think, the area u walk ur dog on is frequented by many stray animals. The smell bothers your dog. You want ur dog to get rid of this habbit. Did you give leash training to the puppy? This sniffing problem wouldn't have been such a fuss had your dog been trained to walk on a leash. Does ur dog try to walk ahead of you, making it very difficult for you to control it? If yes, then the dog requires leash training. The training will also solve your dogs sniffing habbit because the training helps the puppy obey you will he's on a leash.
View some videos on youtube about leash training. Train the dog on a play ground or a garden, this should help a lot
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By hamachandran K · 15 Feb 2011 9:05 pm
Leash training is very easy. Whenever you take your puppy/dog for a walk, take a thin flexible long stick. whenever your dog starts draging you, you need to stop there and call your dog to come back. For this just tap your right thigh and call your dog , if he his not responding just beat a little on his tight, immediatly she will reponse.do not move until the dog comes back to the position and stand besides you. once it comes back to the position, then start moving. Whenever your dog moves aways from the track, stop and do the above method. within less than a week your dog will walk beside you and it will never drag and you can hold the leash with 1 finger.

Same method when your dog not responding when it is sniffing a spot for a long time.

I did the same method and my dog stoped draging in 3 days.

Cheerss....Please try this and comment on the same. Please see my dog Genie in the DOG spot.you can search with GENIE.
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By Bharat Pandya · 15 Feb 2011 10:35 pm
thanks hamachandranji,
I will definitely try and post the experience here....thanks
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By sindhoor · 04 Mar 2011 9:36 am
Dogs, just like children, have different personality. Don't expect your pooch to be the same as others. The first step is to accept, appreciate and enjoy his individuality.

Regarding him sniffing and forgetting what is in his surroundings, that is very natural. When dogs start sniffing, their other sense organs get blocked. So they literally cannot hear you. Since sniffing is integral to a dogs life, it is a good idea to let him sniff. Watch him when he does that. When it looks like he might be losing interest is your opportunity to get his attention.

To get his attention make a neutral noise like tapping your thigh with your hands or tapping your feet on the floor or clicking your tongue or calling his name. If he looks up at your reward him. Praise him a lot and if he comes to you give him a treat. As you start getting better at understanding his intentions, try getting his attention BEFORE he is about to sniff. If you see a tree or a pillar and feel he might sniff there, get his attention, praise him, treat him and walk quickly away from the object of your dogs curiosity.

But be sure NOT to pull on his leash when he is smelling. Patience is key. Wait to get his attention. Don't call him when he is completely engrossed in smelling. He will not hear and you will get frustrated. Wait for him to start losing interest. On rare occasions when you just cannot wait, walk up to him and gently move his head towards you, talk to him nicely and praise him and get him to follow you. Have fun walking your dog. Dogs are a joy :)
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By Bharat Pandya · 04 Mar 2011 10:23 am
vow..!!!
thanks for great reassurance and ampathy and advice....I already have been practicing what u have advised for last one and a half months, and I have been experiencing, and appreciate, what u have said about natural tendency. I am able to get his attention, though with some patience and treats to offer...I think in next 2-3 months, I would have 'sorted him out', and would more enjoy walking together....the only problem is when he targets the tyre of somebody's new audi after 'investigating' the same for 2-3 minutes...he just cannot give up the urge to 'investigate' and 'respond appropriately' !!!!!

But he his a darling and a great joy!!!!
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By sindhoor · 04 Mar 2011 4:06 pm
Bharat, your dog sounds so much fun. Curious fellow.

I don't know if your dog is a foodie. If he is then treats work well. My little girl does not care for food. But she loves to play. So when we see anything that we need to "protect" from her approaching, we start talking to her in a high pitched voice, pick up pace and start walking fast, while keeping her attention on us. She gets so excited about our excitement that she is busy looking at us. And we quickly walk past the "contentious" object, thus avoiding any damages that we have to pay ;)

If your dog is a foodie, then tempt him with treats while you quickly walk past the Audi or any such thing. Then of course, treat with some sniffing time around something less contentious, so that he gets his dose of sniffing. Doggie happy, dog owner happy, Audi owner happy too! Happy walking.
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By Bharat Pandya · 04 Mar 2011 6:29 pm
Dear Sindhoor,

it is fun and rewarding getting in touch with you..hopefully, we will know more about each other in due course..thanks
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By xceww · 06 Apr 2011 6:18 pm
Cute as it may seem but it is improper training. Your dog isnt properly trained to Heel walk. There are 2 types of walking 1.free walk - When he can freely walk on leash, wander a bit, sniff around, do his business but without pulling you, tugging you too hard but he leads. 2. Heel walk - meant more for exercise purpose when he has to pay all his attention to you and you decide when and where to stop and he follows you by your side.

Its upto you whether you want to correct the behaviour or arent too concerned to change it. What seems cute at a young age may turn out to be a major problem when full grown, especially with medium and large breeds.
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By sindhoor · 10 Apr 2011 12:58 pm
Hi Bharat,
I have been experimenting with a new technique for getting my doggies attention during walks. Here is what I did:
1. Firstly, I bought a dog whistle. Blow on it once, when close to the dog. She looks up to see what the noise is. Praise and treat this.

2. Once you have done it often enough, you can whistle and walk a few steps away from the dog. The dog will follow you. Praise and treat

3. I use the whistle just before feeding her, or giving her a toy. So after just about 15 minutes of this, she knows that the whistle means something exciting

4. During walks, if she is about to sniff, I talk to her in an excited voice and walk a little faster. She just follows me happily. If I am not able to get her attention before she starts sniffing, then I wait a little. At some point she will lose a little interest in what she is sniffing. At this point I blow the whistle. She looks up. I walk a few steps away, praise and treat

When you repeat it on a few walks and she strongly associates the whistle with happy thoughts, she responds very well to the whistle. You could try this, if your doggie is still sniffing and chewing.

Also, my doggie is not a foodie. So treating her with food does not work well. So I have started giving her a small toy. She carries the toy with her the whole walk and hardly gets distracted. She seems very happy to take her toy with her on walks. And it makes it easier for me too.

If you try any of these, do let me know how it goes. I got visible results on the very first day
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