Intense Sniffing and Dog-to-Dog Issues Correlations

I have noted that dogs who sniff one spot for 3 seconds or longer and do so more than once during testing, are more likely have dog-to-dog aggression issues. I have noticed during behavior consultations as well that dogs who have issues with other dogs are most likely to come into the consultation room and intensely sniff the floors, rugs and furniture. The same holds true of the outdoor environment. These dogs will also sniff outside the consultation room, grass, trees, fence posts, etc. It makes sense that dogs with issues with other dogs, whether they’re fear-based or based in anything else, would want to gather as much information about the other dogs that were in the environment before them.