We missed their intro yesterday because I was tired and ill, but we were back on form today 🙂
The pups impressed us greatly by doing the best they have so far with each other.
They’re a match made in heaven, but they each have their different areas that we need to work on.
For Raiden he needs to learn to not be too OTT. Whilst he is great when Pixie is playing and bounding about with him, when she sits or lays down, he gets obsessive with licking and sniffing her. He’s made progress in this area already but there’s room for much more improvement 😉
For Pixie she needs to learn to leave Rey alone when he is ‘working’ – when Raiden successfully calls away from her (which is AMAZING and which he definitely needs huge rewards for) she goes barrelling after him, distracts him, and makes the giving of treats difficult 😛
Thankfully these two aren’t resource guarders at all, they’ve not been together much but I’m already comfortable feeding treats side-by-side and don’t panic if one sniffs at the treat the other is getting.
If that happened with Kasper I would interfere if Pixie so much as *looked* at his treat, but it hasn’t been an issue at all with the young ‘uns so far 🙂
Anyway, today we had our longest together time so far, with Raiden and Pixie playing for 25 minutes.
Much of that was both of them bounding about the room playing madly, but there was also some time where Pixie lay on her back and Rey sniffed her, some time of Rey going off and doing his own thing as Pixie chased after him begging him to play, and even some training took place with both of them together!!
We managed to strip Rey whilst my partner fed both dogs treats, which I was amazed by, I was very proud of Raiden 🙂
Then we did a nice long session of side-by-side treating; we spent several minutes sat together with me feeding first one dog then the other 🙂
Raiden is so happy to have a friend, Pixie could get away with murder 🙂