I read a book, a few years ago now, which stated that a dog will go in whatever direction it’s nose is pointing. Change the direction of its nose, and you’ll change the direction of the dog (the apparent basis for the “Gentle Leader” product).
Given the incredible scenting ability of an average canine, it should really be no surprise that its nose is a powerful driving force, and therefore will be a major influence on its activities. This can get a little challenging for us mere humans, especially with a Ray on the leash, at this time of year.
Because Ray has never seemed to have lost his scavenging habits, in that he will “vacuum up” anything remotely smelling like food, we have to continually focus on the ground a few feet in front of him and ensure that such “tasty morsels” stay out of his range! This is quite the task when we can see the ground … but with a layer of snow covering everything?
We are slowly learning the difference in his body language between “I must track this creature” or “Oh, a pee message” … from “Aha! There is food under here!”
Of course Ray, being the character that he is, often tries to confuse things for us. This photograph was taken in our back garden and, given the lack of food anticipated beneath the snow there, together with him being motionless for a few moments, we must assume that perhaps the sensation from burying one’s nose in snow was just too good to miss.
Perhaps I should try it and, who knows, I might even find a tasty morsel beneath the snow?