Kirjoita tämä teksti suomeksi siten, että asiat tulevat kerrotuksi mutta teksti ei ole kopioitu, Älä käytä brändinimiä. Kirjoita teksti yhtä pitkäksi, mutta erilaisella rakenteella kuin alkuperäinen. Alkuperäinen teksti: ” This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.Your dog probably wants to stop and sniff the roses so to speak on his walk. Should you let him? When I’m taking my dogs on regular walks, I let them sniff occasionally. After all, I want them to enjoy the walk. But what is a sniffari and how is it different. The dog essentially calls the shots regarding where we go. In this blog post, I’ll describe what a sniffari is and why it’s an important addition to your dog’s life.What Is a Sniffari?In a nutshell, a sniffari is a walk where your dog is permitted–and encouraged–to explore his environment with his nose. It’s an on-lead exploration. The word comes from the combination of “sniffing” and “safari.” It’s also called a decompression or sniffy walk.Unlike a regular walk where the goal is exercise or to get somewhere we want him to go, on a sniffari, a dog is allowed to lead the way. You let your dog set the pace and the direction. He’s encouraged to explore his environment. He decides what interests him. He should be permitted to wander on-lead and roam at his own pace. There are usually many starts and pauses. By contrast, on a regular leash walk, a dog generally walks at a steady pace with a few starts and stops to sniff. And to potty of course.A sniffari can be an hour long or even 10 minutes if that’s all the time that’s available. But make sure that the length of the walk satisfies your dog’s desire to explore. A few minutes wouldn’t be enough. And too long can lead to disinterest. Each dog’s an individual.Benefits of a SniffariSniffaris as well as regular, paced walks benefit both your dog’s need for physical and mental exercise. After all, a dog has 300 million olfactory receptors in his nose compared to our six million. His sense of smell is estimated to be 10,000 to 100,000 times better than ours. I often say dogs have a “nose brain.” But a sniffari has certain benefits not always found in regular walks, including:Helps a dog decompressHelps him make his own decisionsImproves his quality of lifeHelps relieve boredomBuilds confidenceUses his natural abilities to make sense of his world through scentHelps a dog know who and what has passed through the area and who he might encounter in the futureLearns the hormonal state of other animals that have passed byLeads to a more optimistic, content dogHelps him be calmerHelps tire him outHelps a dog not be destructive afterwardsProvides on-on-one bonding timeAnd last, but certainly not least, dogs love the walk!Equipment for a SniffariJust because a dog determines where to go in safe areas during a sniffari doesn’t mean that he can wander aimlessly off-lead.Instead, it’s important for his safety that he be on-lead. I recommend transporting him on a regular six-foot lead to the sniffing area. And putting him on a 10-foot lead for his exploration. A biothane lead is weather-proof and great for sniffaris. There are also other weather-proof longlines. I don’t recommend flexi leashes as the handle is harder to maneuver and hold and many people and dogs have been injured on the cord that extends out from the plastic handle. Use a regular long line.Your dog can be on a collar that he can’t slip out of such as a Martingale or in a harness. If he tends to pull or if he’s a smaller dog, a harness is preferable so that he doesn’t injure his throat or trachea. In fact, if you have a high-drive dog, I recommend exercising him prior to his sniffari so that he doesn’t pull.You can take him for a regular walk first or play fetch to take the edge off. Some people have found it beneficial to use one piece of equipment for a regular walk and another one for a sniffari so that the dog understands what’s expected on his adventure.Don’t forget poop bags and holder to clean up after your dog. And water and a dish, such as a collapsible one, should be part of your gear. Also bring non-perishable treats so that you can engage in some behaviors. You can have a treat pouch ready to go.Factors To Consider for Your SniffariWhen deciding where to go on your adventure, there are many options. It’s important to consider the following factors when deciding the location:Animals and People. Don’t go to an area where there may be loose dogs or other animals that can interfere with your sniffari. Also, this isn’t a time for socialization with people. So go to an area where people are at a distance that won’t interfere with your dog’s sniffing. The area shouldn’t be crowded.Environmental Safety. Watch out for environmental risks such as foxtails, wildlife (snakes, porcupines, geese, deer, etc.), dirty water, and other potential dangers. Also, make sure that the area he sniffs doesn’t contain unsafe plants.Protection. Make sure that your dog is protected against ticks, fleas and other parasites. Do a body check after the sniffari. Check his whole body, including ears and paws for debris, ticks, and fleas. You may even need to use sun protection on your pup.Weather. Of course you shouldn’t go on the sniffari when it’s too hot or cold. A dog can suffer heat exhaustion. The brachycephalic breeds such as pekingese and shih tzus are particularly susceptible. And some outdoor dog breeds will be fine in cold weather. But you don’t want to take any dog out for too long in extreme weather or he can also suffer from frostbite. So you should take your dog at off times in hot weather, such as the early morning or evening. When the weather is too extreme, you can even have a mini sniffari inside.Plan Your Time. Of course, you probably don’t have an unlimited amount of time for your pup to go on his sniffari. So plan your time. If you have an hour, plan a route that will be enriching for that amount of time.Live in the Present. A sniffari should be fun. Enjoy the bonding time with your canine companion. Enjoy his taking the lead and excitement. Where Should You Go on Your Sniffari?The sky’s the limit where you can take your dog on a sniffari. Of course take into consideration the above factors. And the area you choose should allow dogs of course. The area shouldn’t have grass or plants that are too high because those areas are likely to contain unsafe parasites and creatures (snakes, bugs, rats, etc.).The following are possible venues for your adventure:Dog-friendly beachesFieldsParksTrailsYour neighborhoodParking lotsArboretumsA friend’s large yardAny calm place where dogs are permitted and there are fun, safe materials to sniff can work.I took my Lhasa apso Linkin on sniffaris. He was a very scared abused rescue when I adopted him.Sniffaris gave him confidence and made the world less scary to him. Using his nose, he concentrated on the smells not on other things that may have scared him otherwise.Potential Problems and SolutionsAs is true of any undertaking with your pup, things can go wrong. Because a snifarri is new to most dogs, they will be uncertain about what’s allowed. So you might have to teach a “sniff” cue to start the process. Of course, for many breeds such as some hounds and terriers, the first thing they want to do is sniff.But other dogs such as a Lhasa apso or border collie probably won’t naturally start sniffing right away. So you can teach a sniff cue. Have a few pieces of kibble and throw them down in the grass. Tell your pup to “sniff” and praise when he does.Phase down to one piece of kibble and eventually none once he understands what “sniff” means.Other Activities for the SniffariYou can even perform some obedience cues during the sniffari. At the beginning of the sniffari, have your dog sit/stay, then do a recall.Or a “puppy pushup”–sit/down/sit. Release your dog by giving a “sniff” cue. Then it’s time for your dog to go on his sniffari.Other Types of SniffarisTry to take your dog on at least a weekly sniffari for his well-being.But for times that you’re not able to do so or if the weather prohibits the excursion, there are other options for your dog to use his…
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