Canadian-American chemist and author O.A. Battista once observed that “a dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.” Unfortunately, many owners find walking their dog to be a nightmare. Dogs walk faster than we do and in their exuberance of being outdoors often yank and pull on the leash.
Dogs are bred to do the very things that can frustrate us on walks. Scent hounds were bred to locate game using their nose which explains why beagles typically walk with their noses glued to the ground. Retrievers were bred to retrieve game for hunters, so you will often find them searching for something to pick up and carry on their walk. Terriers were bred to chase prey which is why they can’t resist lunging after a squirrel.