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#21
Yay! I'm so glad it's working out! Yes, that's why I love the Fenzi school and group (you have to be an "alumni" aka take 1 class at the school to be in the group though). So many different experiences to draw from. Love it.

It's okay, it's hard to think of everything. We didn't think of it either LOL! Sounds like it is working well indeed Big Grin

Brainstorming is the funnest part for me.
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
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#22
Tethering is my go to fix for so many things and I didn't think of it.
Gotta love 'em.
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#23
Hows this working out these days? Smile
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#24
We are sticking steadfastly to the tethering of Jasper and this is going well but raises further questions, particularly about the nature of a "Sequence" that has become habit. Does eliminating the initiating action end a sequence ? No it has not !
Bearing in mind that we have concluded that Max's anticipation is also a player in this, the "Sequence" now starts further along. You can literally see Max's anxiety and problem solving kick in when step 1 has not occurred and he then puts himself to bed but does not settle. He sits and looks towards Jasper for ages and in turn Jasper becomes anxious about not being put to bed. It's a waiting game really as I do not crate Jasper until both dogs have really settled for at least 30min.
I think Jasper really is being a jerk about this because now he is randomly trying this trick throughout the day. Rather than tether through the day, I seem always to be on hand to grab the big bath towel I have left on Max's crate and physically block Jasper from Max at that point where he would then eyeball Max until he lay's down. I hold the towel like a matadors cape, Jasper's focus is totally on Max and he stretches to left and right to try and see him but cannot. I don't say anything but within a minute he will make eye contact with me and then sit, his physical and mental release is highly visible for which he is verbally rewarded. At this point I ask Max out, which he does and we launch right into diversion with quick training and fun session but "Max is the prime focus of this", Jasper only gets enough attention to acknowledge his focus on me.

Overall we are making good progress and I am particularly pleased that Max is now prepared to come out of his crate when called (day or night) even if Jasper is trying to eyeball him.

I think there are a lot of things at play here, sibling rivalry, a younger and much bolder BC going through an age that can be challenging with any canine. You know that late adolescent stage. The quirks and traits of the BC just put the whole thing on steroids and add more facets to it all.
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#25
Chaining is a funny and very interesting thing. I would have thought the first piece broken should end it, but maybe there are multiple beginning points, and you haven't found them all yet?
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#26
BCs are too intelligent for breaking the chain to stop them, unless they realize that means you are not pleased and they decide they want to stop.
Gotta love 'em.
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