|One of the Tawny Frogmouths at Schwerkolt Cottage, where we start our Tuesday trail runs.|
So my average pace has slowed down to about 6:30/km, which isn't too bad really. While I'm in this easy muck-about state, I've been trying to encourage the dog to run. Alhtough so far I've found I can only do that if I let her off leash and run away from her! She seems to enjoy it though - our previous dog would be quite anxious when we'd run away from her, but the current one seems to love the opportunity to chase. I'm only doing it in single spurts as I think she has attention deficit disorder (she is easily distracted), but she's done brilliantly in the past year to learn to
- walk on a leash
- walk on a retractable leash (it's more comfortable for me when she stops suddenly because *smell!*)
- not venture too far when off-leash
- chase me down when off-leash.
I don't think she'll ever be a proper running dog, but I think she should manage short easy runs if she's off-leash and allowed to stop and follow any scents she discovers. Although she's still rubbish at being nice to other dogs - she's a yappy little thing, until the other dog shows an interest in her which is when she chooses to back off and run away.
|From across the street: Yap! Yap-yap-yap-yap! *Don't mess with me, I'm so tough!* |
Upon closer inspection: Please don't eat me! *Run away! Run away!*