Some time ago now, we were out on a typical walk with Ray. I had hold of his leash and just watching him , and chatting with Carol, as we made our way down a road. At one point, he was moving forwards, but his head was turned to the left. An obstruction (I cannot remember what it was) was in his path… and Ray bumped his head on it!
We had a bit of a laugh but thought nothing more of it. I can clearly remember (as a child) cycling directly into a concrete lamp post due to much the same reason!
Just over a week ago, this time with Carol holding the leash, we both watched him bump into the end of some wire lawn edging… again he was not looking where he was going.
A few days ago we were returning home, and we had to cross a driveway where “Buddy” (a GSD friend of Ray) lives. There were two vehicles in the driveway, one of which was very close the side walk. As as we got there, Ray started looking around, no doubt to see if Buddy was out, but he clearly did not see the rear of the car near us as we crossed the driveway. His head made a nice thud as he walked into the molding around the bottom of the car body!
I have recently been reading about a dog’s sense of smell, and I am getting the feeling that their whole world is driven by scents. i.e. They really don’t care what anything/anybody looks like, as long as they smell right! (We can learn so much from that!). We have seen Ray track a treat down in our back garden, and push his nose right passed it! Presumably the scent had a little detour, and regardless what he may have seen, the scent trail was going to rule!
All this seems to make sense but while I am envious of his scenting ability, and can understand the importance of it to him, I have to wonder why he does not grasp the significance of looking where he is going! If this is going to be a regular occurrence, perhaps I should check our local pharmacy for “dog safe” Advil for those canine headaches?
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