We have had a long power outage. It was sort of like camping in our house, except that we don't even have cell coverage in our house so we had no internet - cold turkey!
Because this post is late (the power just came on), it will be brief.
To be honest, I was quite nervous about Hachi's first trip in the LabMobile. It is a confined space, and it would be new to him. I feared that his resource guarding would be a real issue whenever food was out.
I was wrong. The Runner had a great plan in mind for dog feeding time so that Hachi's "space" was clearly defined without the use of a crate. It worked beautifully. Soon Hachi knew where to go when it was meal time, and we had no troubles whatsoever. In general, when the rules are very clear to Hachi, he does great even with his "bad issues". In this case, the Runner defined the rules, Hachi learned them, and then Hachi followed the rules without prompting. There's a lesson there...
He was starting down the happy path.
He has never guarded human food, and that good thing continued!
Really, the only issue within the pack was that Hachi is feeling his oats at age 6 months. He seemed to try to put Shyla in her "place" when she tried to move around inside the LabMobile near him. That meant that he would give her very gentle muzzle bites that would lead Shyla to avoid going near him in the LabMobile whenever possible. She is fine with deferring to him - so I hope that he stops it really soon. This is a topic for our trainer to advise us on. Perhaps we can figure out a way to get him to stop doing it to her. I hate seeing Shyla be more timid than usual.
The two of them played outside beautifully, and Shyla is clearly the boss there because she's still stronger and faster.
Dealing with the outside world (people outside our pack) was something that we worked on a fair bit while away. Hachi made considerable progress - which I'll save for another post.
He is still a hilarious puppy!