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We just got back from a walk – OMDoodle – my dog sniffs everything. So much so, I am beginning to wonder if his behavior is normal. We only strolled a few blocks and it took forever!

I believe I enter the Guinness Book of Records for the longest dog walking pause on any street corner ever- and win!

The fact that sometimes I’ve got things to do is of no concern to him AT all.

Harley has become obsessed with sniffing. He is so determined to have our walks his way – if I try to lure him away against his will, he Houdini’s his head completely out of his collar and continues to sniff to his Doodle hearts content…

Every pole, tree, scrub or blade of grass must be thoroughly inspected before we move on. He is a canine contortionist and can squeeze into the strangest places just to catch a sniff…


Apparently so….

Dogs are curious about their surroundings. They love to smell everything (and we all know everything means everything) yuck!

However, when is enough – enough? Most of the articles I’ve read – all bark out similar messaging like – 

  • it’s important to let your dog sniff when taking walks
  • allow him to be nosey – investigate the world around him
  • this is how they communicate

Really? Communicate? With whom?


The olfactory sense is one of the most dominant senses for dogs, and canine olfaction is superior to that of humans. The Dodo

Translation: Dogs are way better at smelling then we are.

That said, excessive sniffing is a trait for most dogs because it’s engrained in who they are and how they communicate #theresthatwordagain

All the smells are like text messages in the big cell phone called outside! Dogs want all the intel on what’s been happening in and around their turf, like – 

  • what dogs live nearby
  • how long ago another dog was at this exact watering hole #punintended
  • whose been hanging out in my turf, is it the same gang, or has a new dog found the spot.


Because Harley’s nose is so much more powerful than mine, I’ve got to –

  • be more patient
  • make sure my ear buds are fully charged
  • go to the bathroom BEFORE these marathon walks #yesJesus

This is probably the best way to find a happy medium. I read where it is good to have consistent routes so the Boys can become familiar with the areas that dogs commonly mark. Over time this may teach Harley where he can spend the majority of his time hanging out – while Jaxson and I wait LOL 

Jaxson is not a sniffer #thankthedoodle – he could actually care less…

What about your dog – is he/she a sniffer? How long are your walks?

Living life at the end of the leash ❤️

  • Vicki Brumbelow
    February 14, 2022

    Charlie Charizard has to the count of 3 to get moving. Otherwise he gets tethered very close to my side (toddler time out) before he is released. Also “no backsies”, if he missed a smell, there’s no turning around to investigate. Usually all I have to say after 1 2 3 is “Do you want to be tethered” and he will chuff at me and move on.”

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 14, 2022

      I get no such respect. He will dig his paws in, and I blame Lee for that! He walks them in the morning and allows Harley to choose the route and lets him lead. I never did, and now I am subjected to the fallout in the evenings!

      • Vicki Brumbelow
        February 15, 2022

        You know guys, they always stick together. In Lee’s defense Charlie Charizard and I have an unwritten agreement when walking, sometimes he picks the route and sometimes I do. At the end of our driveway Charlie Charizard stops, looks back at me and I tell him whose turn it is to decide. Because of his age and medical issues. he always decides how far we go.
        Life with a great Pyrenees is all about compromise.

  • Tails Around the Ranch
    February 14, 2022

    Norman is like an extreme snob of a sommelier of sniffers. “Now this vintage is from a young female and that one is the big brown dog I saw yesterday.” Be grateful Harley isn’t sniffing in snow piles which seem to enhance the ‘vintage’ and make sniffing even more fascinating. Elsa gets her enrichment checking for squirrel and bunny trails but nothing as obnoxiously frequent as Norman who must ‘edit or spell check’ every scent he encounters upon discovering it. On every bush, tree, corner, etc.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 18, 2022

      This morning was the worst! I only had a small window before the skies opened up and drowned us all, that and the fact that I wanted to get to work before the storm and he was relentless. Took his neck out of the collar again!!! How can someone so adorable be so infuriating at the same time? Gotta love him 🙂 or as we say sarcastically in the south “bless his heart.” LOL