Earlier this week, I had the chance to take both halves of our Labraduo for a mountain bike ride. It was fun!
So, thank goodness that R is now an incredibly reliable dog because, otherwise, I could never ride with both dogs. He stayed close during his ride with us this week, shepherding me and Shyla without me needing to guide him. I remember, so vividly, the opposite situation when I took older sister K and R riding with me. K was reliable, and R was the wild one who needed lots of supervision.
I wonder if it's age or the change in pack dynamics that have changed R's role so much. I'd guess at a combination.