All runs start the same - extreme exuberance as we start out in a near sprint before I slowly hold him back from dragging me down the road. His form starts with pushing off his front 2 paws, before slowing to what would appear to onlookers as a fast trot. Usually, each paw moves individually. Except in the case of squirrels...dreaded squirrels. So once we are out on the trails and running as usual, he finally falls into his standard pace, which varies between being slightly behind me (usually on hills), to just even at my side, to pulling the way in front. When we are running, all is good in the world for both of us.
|I might be happy, but I ain't goin nowhere|
But once I started my taper, I started noticing a trend. Once we made that final turn toward home and it was clear that the run was ending (clearly prematurely for Tucker's taste), he would stop like a rock and not want to go one step closer toward home. And now I've started noticing it on my walks too now that it's nice out. I need to find an alternative route to see if he still reacts the same way. Gotta keep experimenting to see if I can outsmart him!