When we journey outdoors, we usually focus on the sights: the beauty of mountains, the sparkle of rippling water, the birds flitting by overhead or excited creatures running across grass. Imagine translating all the activity into smells! This is probably closer to the way that our dogs experience the world.
The next time you go for a walk, take a “scent hike.” Focus on smells. Is there pine in the air, lilac, rose, grass, jasmine, sage? Do you notice urban smells like exhaust, gasoline, rubber, tar?
The experience of a mindful, breath-ful “scent hike” can reintroduce you to an entire sensory system that is sometimes forgotten by humans but never by their dogs.