Sniff and shake for dog health! Boy, it sure sounds like fun, but what in the world are we talking about? The first week of October is always National Walk Your Dog Week. We are big on walking because it is not only fun, it is healthy for dogs and their humans. This year we have some interesting statistics to share with you about what dogs do during walks.
A study was done recently by Dog Field Study. They looked at a dog’s pulse during walks. Dogs in the study were either off leash, on a short leash, or on a long leash. The results are quite interesting and may change how you walk your dog. Remember, humans usually experience their world through sight, but dogs view it through smell. The results of the 61 dogs in the study show:
- Dogs spent 280% more time sniffing on a long leash than on a short leash.
- Dogs spent 330% more time sniffing off leash than on a short leash.
So, what’s the big deal about sniffing anyway?
- Sniffing lowers a dog’s pulse.
- Sniffing lowers a dog’s pulse even if they are walking and sniffing.
- Sniffing is a way for dogs to relax, calm down, and reduce stress.
Shaking It Off
What about shaking it off? Does your dog like to “shake it off” all of the sudden? I know we often stop and have a good shake during our sniffing competitions. After our shake off, we are always right on task. It turns out, we shake off after we have a pulse increase, such as stress. For dogs it is something that we just do naturally.
- Shaking off usually takes about two seconds.
- Shaking off lowers pulse by an average of twelve percent.
Now you can see why we are saying, sniff and shake for dog health, on walks, or anytime. Lower pulse equals a happier heart. Of course, walking your dog has so many other benefits, but we found these to be something new and interesting. They also explain a lot of our behavior that Mom has wondered about. We suggest getting out for a walk every morning before breakfast. It is a wonderful way to start your day! If you need some more reasons, check out our post from last year!
For your enjoyment, we also took this photo of these pretty flowers on our walk. They look like fall to us.
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.