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  • There are new friends to meet, potential threats to assess, new sounds to process, and hundreds of new smells to sniff as your dog reads his “p-mail,” catching up on the latest neighborhood news.

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog

  • It’s the pheromones in the excrement that cause our dogs to spend so much time reading their “p-mail.”

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog

  • For example, during a walk, when your dog seems to want to read his “p-mail”—sniffing what seems like every square inch of ground—remember that he’s just trying to process the wide range of sights, sounds, and smells that are being thrown his way.

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog

  • A dog’s instincts tell him that it’s a good thing to explore, looking for interesting “p-mail” or potential intruders, but it’s our responsibility to coach them into resisting that instinct and making a conscious choice not to run out an open door or gate.

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog

  • When you take your dog for a walk, and you see him sniffing everything in sight, remember that he’s just checking his “p-mail.”

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog

  • At the same time, you’re going to compromise, allowing your dog to read all of the “p-mail” he wants as long as he keeps the same pace you do and doesn’t tug on the leash.

    30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog


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  • Mentioned in CBC's Quirks and Quarks Feb 8 2014 show. How dogs communicate by peeing and sniffing.

    February 8, 2014