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