(Apologies for blurry photos, I gotta get the picture while I can!)
We are officially in tie-down mode! And it’s going great! One challenge with the set up of the house is that no matter where I put Jake (preferably in a place he can watch/learn the goings on of the house), he is blocking a walkway. But all in all that has been a good thing as it has given the boys time to do drive-bys at close proximity.
The very first minute of tie-down training, Melvin decided he liked the floor pillow that I bought for him two months ago. Despite the fact that up until Jake showing interest in the pillow, Melvin has never once laid on it.
On second location tie-down, Jake sat like a statue for almost half-an-hour before he gave in and took a load off. Melvin of course tried to show him how it’s done, from a safe distance.
I keep waiting for something between the boys to transpire but as of yet it has not. I am under the impression it will (which makes me a realist or fatalist or both but either way I spend time being ready). Both dogs are very relaxed with the process we are taking to acclimate them to a life together so I feel victorious in general! I’m curious how long tie-down phase lasts, what is the success metric for moving forward?