Ray has never displayed any consistent tendencies towards running, unless there is prey as motivation… and then he’ll due 0 to 60 mph in seconds!
Both Carol and I have run for quite a few years for recreational reasons, and the thought of having Ray run with us goes back to when we adopted him. We quickly found out that his German Shepherd running genes seemed to have been overshadowed by his Rottweiler easy-going genes!
A few days ago, Carol decided to go for a run, and thought that she would try it with Ray (yet again!). Apparently he ran across the street to where a neighbor was working in her garden (any treats?) and that was it! He was not going to run from there without a battle. Carol was not prepared to do battle and so brought him home to stay with me, while I finished off some decorating in the basement, and she went off on her run.
He was very vocal and mobile for about 10 minutes, and clearly that was not the outcome he expected, but he did eventually settle down. I came upstairs periodically to check on him, but otherwise ignored him so that he might understand that nothing was gained by his actions.
When Carol came back from her run, he expressed his displeasure as expected. He was so vocal that we’re pretty sure the neighbors were wondering what we were doing to him! Carol decided to go out again and take Ray with her this time, just to see whether his attitude would change. She did not go far, because she had already run, but Ray was running right next to her. She only went around the block, but Ray was with her all the way. She was not going to get away again!
It will be interesting to see whether he remembers this experience, or whether it will take a few repeats before he “gets the message”. We have no problems with him providing input into our choices, but to try and dominate them is doomed to failure. He just doesn’t quite see that yet!
Update: A run with Ray yesterday failed so, once again, he was left with me. He’ll “get it” eventually!