On Saturday we went to the kennel for another training session with Tiberius and Emmy. We put them in the play yard with some other dogs. When he let the first dog in, Tiberius immediately ran to him and tried to start a fight. Bo broke it up immediately, and by the end of the session Tibs was behaving better, but we learned that he also needs a lot of socialization, and is probably more the problem than Cookie. Very good to know, because it helps determine the best plan of action for training. We also learned the Emmy acts as Tiberius’ backer, his wingman so to speak, but on her own she’s just scared of almost everything.
We also found out Cookie had hurt her foot and wouldn’t put any weight on it. Bo, the owner of the kennel where Bo does his training, John, and I all looked at it and couldn’t see anything wrong with it, so decided to wait a few days to see if it healed on its own. Turns out it’s not getting better and she still won’t put weight on it, so Bo can’t train her.
This afternoon Bo is going to come by and bring Cookie back, and take Tiberius to the kennel with him for a week of socialization and training there. He’s also going to spend a few hours working with Cookie and Emmy together. Based on what we saw Saturday, Bo thinks that once Cookie and Emmy get together without Tiberius around, they’ll bond quickly. I certainly hope so, because otherwise life is going to go back to extremely stressful and hectic working to keep them from fighting. But whatever the case, it will all be worth it in the end.
Today is going to be a very sad day for me. John will be at work, so I’m the one who has to watch Tiberius leave. He’s my furry shadow, my special little man. I have no doubt that I’ll cry when he leaves. Yes, I’ll be happy to have Cookie back, but I’m not as bonded with her yet as I am with Tibs. I’ve had almost 6 years with Tibs following me around the house. This will be hard.