I'm the Leader of the Pack!
I quit running for a while because of the suspected heart problem the doctor thought I had. I kept up my walking.
Now, I am building up my running again with my trainer Willow. I have adding a minute each time I run. Today we ran 22 minutes and walked 46 minutes in the furnace outdoors.
The dog obedience teacher, the dog book I am reading, and the Dog Whisperer all say that dogs operate on a hierarchy system. You can argue politics all day with them but their instinct is to be a pact leader or follow a pack leader.
All three suggest you put yourself as the pack leader. At times I think Willow challenges my authority and tries to be the pack leader herself.
This morning while running she was running on my left. She saw something interesting on the right and cut across to smell it. I plowed right into her, stepping on her foot. She yipped and we both jumped.. I jumped away from the point of impact and so did she. Again, I landed on her foot. She yipped again.
After that she seemed to teach me with a new respect and stayed on my left side.
I am the new pack leader! When Anna is not around, anyway.