Watches where he's been and not where he's going.
Here’s one for the trainers. Rex is 6.5 years old. We live on acherage so we walk quite a bit. When not being restricted to a heal, Rex will trot out about 50’- 60’ ahead of us and then wait until we are almost to him and then he trots off another 50’- 60’. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I didn’t train him in this activity; it’s just something he and his brother have done for as long as I can remember.
The problem is this; Rex is so attent to watching me that he often runs forward while looking backward. Today he was running across the field, looking backward at me, and ran into a tree. It was a thin white pine and it had a lot of “give” to it but he still cried out and limped back to me. And this isn’t the first time he’s run into something. We walked out the back door last summer and he was running down the driveway, looking back at me, and plowed right into the side of my truck bumper. This one was a little more sever but not enough to require a trip to see Dr. Todd.
He’s done this all his life and has run into things in the house as well as outside. More than once he has run down the hall, watching me of course, and turned his head back around just in time to catch the doorway with his mussel. He just doesn’t seem to learn.
I’m seriously concerned for his safety but I have no idea how to stop this activity. Anyone?