Butler, Redford and I take a quick walk every morning. Including the walk to and from the part, we walk about 1/2 a mile. In the past couple of days, Redford has gotten really tired about 1/2 way through the walk and moves out of position (he's really good at 'heel'). He tries to stop and look at something or smell something so we take a breather.
we're not walking really fast, his diet hasn't changed, his eating habits haven't changed. The weather has gotten a bit cooler (yeah-we're under 100 degrees). He doesn't have any hot spots or tender spots on his legs or feet.
Is he just being lazy or am i missing a health clue?
Yep, that's why I asked age. If he's still young, my first thought would be Lyme.
If he's older, could be arthritis or even early signs of mild heart failure.
If he's still a puppy, might just be puppy silliness.
He's about 6 years old. We don't have lyme disease around here-too hot for ticks and fleas.
Marked changes in behavior can be indicative of a physical problem, sometimes that's the only symptom shown. If he is otherwise acting normal, I would wait and see for another week or so, then have him checked if it continues, or if you notice other things about him that may give further clues.