|Posted by Sociable Paws on March 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM|
Following on from this year’s APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors) Annual Conference on Harnessing the Power of the Dog’s Nose it’s time we all embrace our world of smells!
The dog’s sense of smell is between 10,000 and 100,000 times more sensitive than ours. They smell like we see. So it may not be surprising that this ability is used to help us detect so many things, from searching for people to detecting extremely specific and minute scents.
It is important that we all take the time to ensure we provide our dogs with opportunities to use their noses, this shouldn’t be a task but a lot of fun as it is yet another way to develop a stronger relationship with them.
Why not get started with a simple hide and seek?
It’s easier if there are two of you, one to keep hold of your dog and the other to go off and hide. Get really interactive and maybe show your dog that you’ve got something they really like (some treats or a toy), run off keeping your dog engaged and excited and hide somewhere easy such as behind a nearby tree they saw you disappear behind. The other person should then let your dog run off to find you and when your dog does find you remember lots of praise or a game whatever your dog enjoys! As you practice you can make it harder for your dog, hide without letting your dog see where you run off to. Just always remember to have lots of fun when your dog finds you!
More fun nose exercise ideas to follow …