My current dogs, Chap and Stanley, are as different as chalk and cheese when it comes to walking. Chap likes to pull ahead and to alternate sides – he probably walks at least twice as far as I do as he zig-zags along – while Stanley is more conservative and tends to follow behind me at as slow a pace as I will put up with.
Now that we can walk in the campo with Stanley off the lead, I have noticed that the dogs have exactly the same characteristics in their progress. Chap likes to explore at the extent of his fifteen foot extending lead while Stanley spends a great deal of time examining areas as small as one square foot.
Both dogs are very busy with their noses so I can only assume that they are reading the recent events disclosed to them by the various smells. I must further assume that Chap, with his rapid transit from place to place, is reading only the headlines while Stanley, in his own pedantic fashion, is reading the small print.