Amichien Bonding? Anyone?
Ok so now that I have read "The Dog Listener", I am convinced it makes sense. I am trying to apply the 4 principles to daily life and even has hubby on the bandwagon. I have to admit sometimes it's not easy, I don't like to eat when I first wake up but now I eat a banana in front of them. I have changed a lot of our routine. The 5 minute rule is tuff. It used to be more convenient to feed the critters first but now we eat first.
I realize that, my 7 yr old female, Kiya, still thinks she's the boss. It's been 2 weeks since I brought the kitten home and I still will not trust the dogs, specially her. She's not vicious but she'll fixate and given the opportunity she'll charge the crate kitty is in. The other 2 dogs can walk by without even acknowledging the kitten. Lakota just wants to play, but she's ruff so I'm being careful. The kitten was on the kitchen counter and I let them sniff but Lakota kept trying to mouth too much.
I know it's only been a couple of days that I have been practicing, I believe I see a difference in the other 2 dogs but not her. Even Lakota almost 2yrs old has intervened between Kiya and the kitty at least 3 different times. I watch the dogs like hawks and I see the calming signals in action and it really is pretty amazing. One time Kiya was laying down, fixating on the crate giving low growls and Lakota stood inbetween her and the kitten. Another time, she got in Kiya's face because Kiya was barking at the crate, Kiya did back off. A lot of times I just take her by the collar and put her in the sunroom, alone. Doesn't seem to phase her.
I refuse to give up, it's my house, my rules and the kitten is staying. My other cat Misty is starting to slightly warm up to the kitten.
So does anyone practice these principles with their pack?
Lakota - WGSD 1/13/10
Wolfen - WGSD 12/31/14
Bull -WGSD 2-10-10
Apache - Shiloh Shepherd 12/15/02 - 6/9/15
Kiya - Shiloh Shepherd 5/15/04 -12/19/25