I have started a Couch to 5k running program and I am brining Tucker along with me! I have never been much of a runner but I am determined to succeed at this and start running a few times a week. It is a 9 week program which gradually builds you up to running 5K. We live right near Valley Forge National Park with lots of great paved trails so we have been going there. I figure if Tucker starts the program with me he will build up his endurance along with me and will be a great running partner. He has been loving it so far! He keeps pace with me really well - rigtht now we are alternating between running and walking intervals and he stays right next to me focused on his running. So cute! He is much better behaved on these walk/runs than regular walks around the neighborhood. Probably because the running tires him out more. He also loves being in the park- I let him have some time to sniff around before we start. (He has particular interest in the deer droppings but I keep him away!) We are only doing 2 miles walking/running now - but I'd like to be able to run 3-5 miles with him. Achieving this will take more work on my part than on his I am sure.
On another note Tucker and I are taking obedience classes and we are working on using 'Touch' as an emergency recall. So far I have just beeing training him with it but never actually used it. Well last night I sleepily took him outside for his last potty before bedtime and he ended up nose to nose (with a chain link fence in between) to a skunk! Tucker was acting excited like he wanted to play which I am sure was scaring the little critter. The skunk got really puffed up and I was afraid Tucker was going to get sprayed! I ran towards the house and called him - he didn't budge. Then I remember I had a new tool - I called TOUCH and he came running! I gave him a bit of cheese when we got inside and we slept well - with no skunk stank.