Actually that's great advice. Mabel is deeply attached to me more than anyone else in the house. I've done similar things but never so in depth or intentional. She handled company for thanksgiving in her crate really well so I want to start incorporating crating her in my room while me and my so are both there as she has a big issue with me or my mom being cuddled,hugged, etc... In the crate she can see us but not be allowed to escalate, as well as have a bone to chew on and a blanket to nap. On the couch I've been able to get her ok with sharing me but still a tad antsy, but she has more places to walk away and busy herself with bones and etc...unlike in my room which is also "her" room since she sleeps with me.
Overall she's adjusting to my so fabulously, she has a history with him from a young age so that helps and its great to see her adjust so well and develop a connection with someone else.
Bam's issue is that he doesn't understand how to share, to put it simply. I gate him mainly as a way of saying "if you can't share me, you can't have any of me". When he settles down and after about 10 minutes or so, I let him back out and we try again. We've finally gotten to the point where I just tell him to go lay on his bed and he is fine, except with new people.
I haven't shared my updates in awhile. Bam is such a weird dog. Apparently, within the past couple of days, his bed has been possessed by demons and he will not lay on it. He even goes as far as searching the corners, growling at it, and occasionally barking at it. I think it might have to do with static electricity. I've washed it and inspected it for critters, yet he is sleeping on the other side of the room
We were just at the park, enjoying a nice session of BAT and LAT at the top of the hill. We had done some shaping on the playground and everything was going really well. That was until a husky mix shows up as we turn around to move away from the trigger and was basically right behind us. Of course, I shout "He's not friendly!" and try to move away from the unleashed dog as quickly as possible. Today was not my day, Bam was already freaking out and the dog was trying it's hardest to sniff Bam completely blowing off his owner. Finally, she gets the dog under control and I take Bam to a quiet area to relax and come back below threshold. I get him back to a good state and next thing I know, a golden retriever's owner literally just launched the tennis ball within 5 feet of us. I felt like "that person with the aggressive dog", something I'm sure all reactive dog owners have experienced. It sucked.
Here's a pic from our shaping exercise today. I'm trying to teach him to count out his age (2). So far we've only gotten to the point where he will push one:
In other news, a local trainer offered to do a reactivity seminar for our rescue this Saturday. I'm really looking forward to it and hope I can rally more fosters to come....a lot of them tend to skip things like this.