We are in a difficult situation with Ray at the present. He has severe separation anxiety, and most of you know the history of us dealing with that!
He won’t go for a walk unless Carol comes along, and she is very limited in the distance she can currently walk. The end result is that we have just under 80lbs of German Shepherd/Rotti X who is not getting much exercise.
Given our recent heat wave of mid 30’s (C), with humidity making it feel like high 30’s, does not even provide much enthusiasm for going outside and into the back garden to play! Would you want to run around and play games wearing a fur coat in those temperatures? Clearly we cannot do too much in this heat however, we are expecting more typical temperatures of mid /high 20’s very soon and when they arrive… we have a plan!
It occurred to me that I can currently get Ray outside without Carol and have occasionally made it part way down our driveway, after which he stops and obviously wants to go back home. All I need to do is take him out on a daily basis and coax him as far as I can. My thinking is that when he realizes that Carol is still there whenever he gets back, he may be happier about being out for longer periods i.e. He may be receptive to longer walks!
“Ray excitedly waiting for his harness and leash!”
Also (forever the optimist), if he can accept a long walk without Carol, he just might be more receptive to letting her go places without him… although I am not convinced about the logic around that thought!
So there’s the plan. I coax him out for progressively longer walks which will not only give him more exercise, but which will hopefully indirectly help with his separation anxiety training. Will it work? Stay tuned! We have to wait and see how that Shepherd/Rotti mind of his handles the new plan!