Oli is 4 years old and I would consider him pretty fit. We walk 2 miles a day at a minimum, and typically we walk on trails off leash roughly 3 miles 4-5 times a week, and get in tough, technical hikes on the weekends anywhere between 5-10 miles. He is lean, muscular, and energetic. But he hates running!! I only want to run with him 3-5 miles, at a relatively slow pace, more of a jog than a run (10-11 minute miles, probably), 3-4 times a week. Mostly I'd like to run to the barn, which is 2 miles away, and back, with a break in between while I take care of the horses. Obviously I'll be careful of temps in the summer, both air temp and the ground, bring water, and keep an eye on him for signs of over exertion. I'll definitely put him in a program initially to make sure he is fit enough for longer runs. I'm thinking when we arrive home, I'll then walk him around the block so he gets 20-30 minutes of regular walking to sniff and mark and do his thing.
I've tried before to get him to run with me, but I'll admit not whole heartedly. He always seems frustrated that he can't stop and sniff things, and I feel guilty that he isn't enjoying it and thus give up. I've tried bringing treats and giving him them at intervals but he isn't all that interested in them. He would rather sniff. Previously I tried for about 3 days to get him to enjoy running. After no sign of him driving any enjoyment from it, I felt guilty and stopped.
How long/how many times should I try running with him before accepting he just isn't a runner? Do I already have my answer from previous trials? He's a pretty high energy dog and i think he would benefit mentally and physically from running, and I'd like to kill 2 birds with 1 stone if possible and take him on my runs with me versus running and then walking him another 2 miles as I'm short on time right now. But I don't want to drag a miserable dog around for 4 miles.