Yay for Jazz. He is being such a good boy. He does still think the birds and piggies look delicious, but he is trying SO hard! And he truly is a nice dog.
This morning I decided that since Jazz is so people-oriented it would be better if I coached John on having Jazz stay with him in the bathroom and while he is getting ready rather than crating him and having the inconsolable barking start immediately after I left and before John left.
I got up early again and took him for a 2 mile walk, did about 10 minutes of training (just sits and downs), prepped a kong for him, and basically performed the same morning routine; EXCEPT I did not uncover the birds and I did not crate Jazz when I left. I gave John the Kong and had him give it to Jazz in the bathroom while he was getting ready for work and Ike and I were leaving. I left a new-ish marrow bone on the counter so that John could put both the Kong and marrow bone in the crate when he left.
By the time John was ready to leave Jazz was asleep in the bedroom! YES!! Major or minor this is a great breakthrough.
John woke Jazz up and tossed the end of his kong and the marrow bone into his crate and left for work. Jazz didn't utter a peep.
If we could only figure out a way to get him over his excitement about the birds and pigs I would never let him go.
5 hours ago