Sniffaris: Decompression for your dog
Your dog needs a chance to stop and smell the roses. (And the bushes and the grass and the dog pee...) So often, walks are about going somewhere at a human's pace. Sniffaris are all about letting your dog lead the way and set the pace.
These are a great way to help your dog with:
How to take your dog on a Sniffari
Choose an open park, woods, quiet trail, or grassy area near your home. The less traffic (vehicular and canine), the better!
Place your dog on a long, light leash and the equipment you’re okay with him pulling on.
Let him walk around and sniff and explore to his heart’s content!
This is dog-directed, so (mostly) he gets to make choices about where to go and what to do. Want to sniff that grass patch for two minutes? Great!
Be mindful of any potential dangers or triggers for your dog. Long leashes are great for freedom, and they require a little more vigilance for humans. (For dogs with reactivity or fear, you may need a shorter leash. That's okay! You can do this on a short leash, too.)
Where practical, resist the urge to train your dog. This is his time to do what he wants.
Making Sniffaris a regular part of your dog's life can be stress-reducing for both of you!