Sniffing None Stop
Hi, My cocker spaniel has just turned one and started sniffing excessively, it's been 2 weeks now.
He runs around our garden sniffing and has no interest in anything but sniffing. When he is out walking he sniffs none stop, where he used to play with other dogs and listen to me now he isn't bothered about the dogs and ignores me 'cause all he wants to do is sniff.
What should I do, I'm worried about him?
Response from Pauline (Web Owner)
Sniffing is what Cocker Spaniels do best!
When they're sniffing, they're searching for scents; evidence that some other dog or animal has been, or is, in the area.
For example, your dog will sniff along the route of his walk to work out who's passed by recently, ie other dogs being walked.
A dog will sniff the ground before doing it's business.
They use scent to communicate, for example, a bitch in heat communicates this fact with scent and a dog can pick this up from quite a distance!
Dogs mark their territory and other dog's sniffing will either walk on (subservient in nature), or will urinate (more dominant in nature) in a bid to mask the smell with its own.
So you see, it's quite natural for dogs to sniff.
Perhaps your dog is sniffing (excessively) in your garden because he's found the scent of an animal that's been spending time in your garden, for example, a badger, fox, a cat, a squirrel, or even another dog.
If my Cocker Spaniel gets the scent of a pheasant, for example, off he goes, and there's no calling him back - no matter how well he's trained!
I just have to wait it out - eventually he comes back.
Personally, I wouldn't worry about it, but if you're really concerned, what not arrange a trip to the vets?
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