This is one that the humans and us doggies are never going to agrees on!
The humans have this idea you should walks along besides them, looking at them likes you loves them all the time. But us doggies much prefers to be walkings along, nose to the ground, ignoring the humans and smelling all the exciting new smellies and leaving new ones of our owns.
The humans have this joke that I borroweds to show you what I means:
If you asks the humans how often their dog sniffs and pees, they’ll say: “All the time, at least once every five minutes!” And if you ask the doggie, they’ll says: “Hardly evers, only every five minutes or so!”.
So you’ve gots to compromises with the humans. They don’t makes you walks along being borings as much as they likes and you don’t gets to sniff and pee as much as you likes. So no one is really happies, but no one is really annoyeds either!
We haves some rules though, the humans say it’s rude to pee in other people’s gardens and on their gate posts, even if other people’s doggies did it alreadies. Apparentlies just ’cause someone did it is not a good reason to do it as well. I think it’s a very good reason myself, but the humans needs to be humoured sometimes.
The humans lets me sniff as much as I liked once (apart from the other people’s houses bit), just to see how many times I would try and sniff and pee if I was let and they said that I stopped 39 times in an hour! They says that’s once every minute and a bitty and it’s a wonder we ever gets any place at all! I says they’re exaggeratings, but they took pictures to proves it – the meanies! I had lots of fun doings it though, so I’m not sorry one little bit…
Some boring humans never lets their dog stop and sniff, but I’m really glad I don’t lives with boring humans likes that, ’cause stopping and sniffings is the BEST BIT of going for walks, especially when you got ouchy knees like me!