UPDATE ON CONTINUED TRAINING -------
Hand fed him for two months or so and gradually got so hand is in dish while Roger is eating.
Lot's of exercise and leash work - he is heeling well for BOTH Kelli and I.
Dog Park, we let him be a dog and he began to play and run with a few other dogs.
Took him into BIG Dog Park, he likes big dogs but not if they are aggressive. We walk the sidewalk around the park with him off leash and he stays nearby and sniffs and go ahead and sniffs and so on, if there is a big dog he feels uncomfortable with he comes over by my side and we continue on.
(I think that is a breakthrough in his trusting me and looking to me as an alpha. My sister, Kelli, has always been "Mommy" to him.)
He is happy to greet and sniff with other dogs and friendly with ALL people.
He will be calm if we put him in a closed room while we are home, then let him out a bit later.
He barks some when a repairman is at house and we put him in bedroom but not constantly barking - I'll take it.
Crate training going well, we have crated him a few times when we leave the house and each time come home to find bottom tray & pillow in front of cage and dog still in crate. Dog looking happy, calm & innocent inside crate I might add.
At Mom's with his litter mate, Ginger, Mom's dog.
Mom did her best to keep a modified training consistency.
(It's a lot for Mom to take care of all our family's animals - my sister goes with me to ceremony)
NO incidents from Roger and we came back to a still pretty well behaved dog.
I was glad he didn't backslide into resource guarding and other stuff. BIG PLUS!
Before I went home, after trip, I did reintroduce Ginger to the crate (with treats), Roger used a crate up at Mom's on his own sometimes.
He and Ginger feed excitement and anxiety off of each other, so there was a lot of excessive barking (Ginger always has to have the last word)and clinginess to each other, AND separation anxiety level increased on Roger because Ginger has it bad.
Returning from Mom's:
Mom stayed for 4th of July weekend and Ginger came with her.
Kelli was up visiting with her and the troupe came down that weekend (my cats came home with me earlier).
Combination of Fireworks, quarter sticks, and thunderstorms set off BOTH dogs quivering uncontrollably and scooting under our feet.
(Mom, Kelli & I have neuropathy and tripping on dogs is not good for any of us including the trembling dogs ....)
We put Thunder shirts - which we call "Brave" shirts on the dogs. Helped a little but needed to leash the dogs to get them outside to go to bathroom and Gee, every time we left the house (no longer than an hour at a time) when we came back - my couch was pulled apart. Nothing torn up but pillows and some cushions on floor - like they were trying to move things thinking they would get out the window - where my car parks in front of the house ....
dogs not allowed on couch - except of course when we're not home to tell them no .....
July (After Mom & Ginger left):
Thunderstorms continue daily for hours, Roger's "Brave" Shirt not calming his anxiety and shaking like jello & clinging.
After a week of this, a friend tells me of a natural calming AID pill sold at stores - she gives me some to try.
Next storm, (the next day), when thunder happens - it was on TV and Roger had an 'episode', put on shirt, gave him pills and in 10 minutes shaking stopped and then he was laying down -relaxed on the floor nearby. no shaking - well maybe not totally relaxed but he was still alert and body relaxed, mind able to think and listen.
We decided because he is getting these pills every day to cut it back to a min dose (which is a quarter tablet), stops the shaking and allows him to listen to us.
Have to use leash to take him for potty but he listens with his shirt on and the Calming Aid.
After four days of that routine, Kelli just put his "Brave" shirt on him (we tell him it "Brave and good" every time we put it on him) and he has stopped shaking and laid down when asked. No calming pills.
I think he is starting to associate the calming feeling the pills give him with the "Brave shirt" (mind over matter?) Thumbs up!
His separation anxiety is waning also since he is not with Ginger.
I have hand fed him a few more times and then also just walked up and stood near him when he is eating - he keeps eating!
Will slowly progress with this until I can do something by his bowl and he keeps eating.
Took him back to our dog park (the small dog part) and he's not ready to run with other dogs but walks around sniffing and marking everything. That's OK - it's been a while.
My sister moving down with me has been good for Roger.
We will continue consistency and basic training with him.
I believe Roger is responding and behaved and is ready for a new addition (AI puppy) into home.
We will continue training Roger and the puppy - all this good practice I've received - thank you Roger! ? ! - LOL!
Since they are not litter mates - I don't think I'll have the same issue of energy feeding that Roger and Ginger do - YET ...
I have a tentative plan (it will change as needed):
Roger and puppy will be crated in separate rooms
puppy will be fed meals first. Roger is fed after the cats finish eating now, so it will go cats, puppy, Roger. Sometimes we eat first and sometimes somewhere in between.
Roger and puppy will not have bathroom breaks at the same time ALL of the time. They will sometimes so puppy can smell it's good to go there (backyard).
Of course at first their walks will be separate.
Puppy and crate will come to Inipi with me and Roger will stay at house (ceremony is almost all day - Roger can hold bladder but puppy cannot for that long. Puppy will be in crate in landowner's house - have some select socialization with strangers and the ceremony. It will be good for all - YEAH!
Roger will get his own rides in car and ..... also puppy and Roger will get rides in car.
Of course supervised play times for Roger and puppy.
Roger is a beta personality - professional trainers have assessed this. Puppy will become calming leader over Roger. (Kim is aware of Roger's personality).
Ok, so that's my initial plan and work done so far,
Comments, suggestions welcome: I have pretty tough skin and am stubborn