In this video, we’re going to show you how to stop your dog from sniffing on walks!
Most dogs start sniffing on walks to check out everything around them. But if you want to stop your dog from sniffing on walks, you need to teach them how to walk without sniffing by using this simple training technique. Here’s the quickest way to do it!
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00:00 – How To STOP Your Dog Sniffing EVERYTHING On Walks!
00:49 – The First Step In Stopping Your Dog Sniffing On Walks
03:15 – How Do You Know When It’s Time To Start Training Outside?
03:44 – Testing Your Walking Training In A Controlled Outdoor Environment
05:43 – Are You Ready To Take Your Dog For A Walk?
Thanks for watching,
Happy Training! ~Ken
I want you to meet one of our students. Alison is an amazing trainer and she
just got a new dog. He was re-homed. He's still very young, but I'm
gonna let her tell you all about it. He was a lost dog and we had him for
three nights until we found the owners. And uh, we really liked him. Um, but uh, Upon returning 'em, we mentioned
that we'd be interested in, In keeping him if they had
to rehome him. And they did. They called three weeks later
and asked to rehome him. But there are lots of little
trouble areas. I, I find. I'm fine with dogs
sniffing, but if it's, uh, Obsessive or if they're grabbing
things, it could be very dangerous. And some dogs are constantly
picking things up. Now, Something Allison didn't tell you about
Scout, he can't hear. He's totally deaf, But this technique's gonna work anyhow. Let me show you how I get started
with that. This may seem strange, But I'm gonna put a bowl of
food down. You're gonna say, Well that's not gonna
create his nose to come up, But I'm gonna create
something he really wants, Which means he's gonna problem solve
How to get it right now he wants Everything. He's just sniffing
everything in the room. So by putting this one thing down
that I think he's probably gonna want Mm-hmm. <affirmative>.
Mm-hmm <affirmative>. And then when I don't let him have it, I'm thinking at some point he's
gonna check in to say what the heck. You can see he's problem solving. Yes.
He's backing away. He's trying harder. He's gonna try the other side.
I'm gonna have food already. Yes. Good boy, boy. So he's trying
to figure out how to get that. So remember I need to create
more value for nose up. The value is for looking away
from the ground pulling. Yes. Good boy. Now I rewarded
Scout even though we barked, Some of you might have been saying,
wait a minute, why would you? Yes. And reward that behavior. We get frustrated when things don't
work that have always been rewarded. Normally he goes for something
on the ground, he gets it.
So there's a little frustration there. That's okay because the bark was
pretty minor. Um, if it was continuous, Yes I'd deal with it, but one little bark. I'm right now more interested that he
cannot keep his nose to the ground all of The time. So I wanna create that value for
looking away from things on the Ground for the nose up. Yes. So he's going for that food because
normally what's immediate and certain Is I see something on the ground, I put my nose down and I
get rewarded by it. Yes. But now the sure fire away to reward. The more rewarding behavior is nose
up. Ignore the thing on the ground. And yes, I'm gonna use
some food. Remember, I need to create value
for Scout that the more Valuable behavior is
nose off the ground. Yes. So I need to use something that's gonna
create value, whether it's a toy food, Voice, praise, pet, but
something that creates value. And for Scout, um, food definitely creates
value. Now he's sort of stuck here, So I might, yes, he still looked, But I could also just move him outta
that position if he sort of gets stuck. Now I'm thrilled with the
result I got with Scout, Working with that dog bull.
But I'm not ready to go outside. I still need to create more value
for the behavior of head up. I'm not ready to combat all those
smells and things on the ground outside. I'm gonna do that. I might choose
a toy, I might choose a bone. I might just choose some weird objects
that are gonna catch his attention. Once I've got that and he's rehearsed
this over and over again in different Spots in the house, different
objects, I'm ready to go outside. So we're changing a
couple of things here. Uh, In order to make it look
like a real walk, one, I need to move outside
different, uh, scents and smells. I could work at many rooms in my house,
but eventually I need it outside. The other thing I'm eventually gonna
change is me not watching him like a hawk. So much like an exercise.
I want him to make those choices when I
Appear to be not paying
attention. But right now, I probably need to pay a
little more attention. Okay? Okay buddy. So I'm just gonna
be, again, my leash management, Making sure I don't inadvertently
let him get that bowl of food. So that nose to the ground pays
off. So I'm gonna move along. He's gonna of course go
for it. Holding him back. I'm gonna make, yes, good
boy. What a good man. I wanna, Yes. That I'm gonna reward
with him making eye contact. Reinforcing, looking up.
Let's try that again, buddy. Let's walk towards that again. Good stuff. Gonna walk to it. Yes. So
my training inside paid off. He said, I get that I shouldn't
be nose to the ground. And again, When I first came out here, Nose was to the ground constantly. But
just working this little exercise in the Short term doesn't make my problem
solved. This takes lots of repetition, But right now I'm pretty happy
with his nose up, right buddy? Cause I'm gonna walk along. Oh, good boy. He doesn't even care about
that. Now, just like inside, I could now switch my object or maybe
I switch where it is or which direction I'm coming. Cuz again,
more realistic will be, There'll be things all over
the place. But it starts here. My dog making the choice that
says what's certain is looking Away from the ground head up
is the rewarding behavior. Not walking the hopes, Not walking the whole walk
with nose on the ground or Grabbing everything in
sight. Good work buddy. Am I ready to go for a
walk and ignore my dog? No, Because he is gonna find things, Again that old behavior will kick in.
Carol's not paying attention. I grab it, It's self-rewarding. Or I start sniffing. So while I'm working this process
and it takes a bit of time, I'm gonna do one of two things. I'm either not gonna walk my dog so they
can't self reinforce and continue that Old behavior, or I'm gonna manage the
walk. And how I'm gonna do that. Now,
One I might, if you know what a
gentle leader is, use a gentle leader. So I control the nose
just so I can't get down. But I think with Scout I could do that
fine with that same leash technique. So I'm gonna go for a little walk
here. Anytime the head goes down, I'm just going to prevent it. If
he looked down and looked up again, I could still reward that. So I'm not going to let him
rehearse that old behavior. Nose to the ground is
fun. Go for a walk Scout. So nose goes down. I just
stopped that from happening. Good. So he is not getting any reward
when that nose goes down. Good. Let's go over where
there's stuff to smell. And again, I'm not really pulling his
head away. I'm not yanking him away. Um, All I'm doing is stopping him. So his, He's still making the choice to
keep that head up. Head goes down. All I do is put that tension in the leash. I'm preventing the wrong behavior
or the behavior I don't want. And then I could also manage it by this.
I bet you're wondering what this is. If you're ready to take your
walks outside to the next level, Click on this video right
here. On that note, I'm Carol. Happy training.