A few days ago, I had an appointment with my bank. Carol decided to take advantage of a dry spell, in some rather inclement weather, to take Ray out for a run while I had gone. Apparently, she got as far as the end of our driveway before Ray put his brakes on!
When she gave him the choice of direction, he turned around and headed for the back door and into the house. Undeterred, and seeing an opportunity for separation training, she left him on his own and ran to the end of our street and back (2 minutes). In her mind, he would probably be more receptive to going out when he realized what the options were!
She then started her 2nd attempt at getting Ray moving and, once again, he had no interest beyond our driveway. Once again, he turned around and went home. Carol left him there and ran to the end of our street and back.
She then made her 3rd attempt and, this time, he was cooperative! She kept the run relatively short, as we do not know where his limits are, but he handled it very well and seemed quite happy to be out and running (although his pace would have been more of a leisurely trot!). He clearly wanted to stop occasionally for various reasons which did not present a problem. Cooperation must go in both directions!
Having seen him blast around our garden, and in other fenced in areas, we know that he enjoys running, but of course those are relatively short bursts of speed. We don’t know whether he has an inherent issue with longer term activities, or whether he just likes to try and influence things in his favor. There are many things he would probably prefer to be doing, and many places of interest that he could visit with a leisurely walk ….. the concept of running could well be understandably baffling to him! Fun? Hardly!