Posted By Texas Belle on 11/08/2012 1:24 PM
Dogs are usually more aware of their surroundings than we are unless they are distracted by something. With that in mind, shorthairs love to do what I call drive bys when they are playing or running. They love nothing better than to zoom by you as close as they can get.
so, when I hear the pounding of feet I don't change direction or stop. I also tell anyone that hikes with me if they hear the dogs coming to just continue on and do not change directions, speed or stop. As a result, I have been able to circumvent many collisions.
This is totally true with Bugsy - he has always run right at you as close as possible (105lbs mind you!) and I tell people whatever you do, DO NOT MOVE!
Interestingly I do think that some dogs have better spatial awareness than others - he never steps on even tiny pups in the midst of wild play and other dogs have run into him but thankfully he has never run into another dog.
Not really sure how you teach better awareness - I know of a few things you can do for hind leg awareness - one of the best is just walking through the rungs of a ladder that is placed on the ground (of course Bugsy thought the idea was to walk ON the rungs, sigh)
You can look up exercises for agility dogs which also teach them body awareness