I put Lily in the bedroom, since she spends most of the day in bed any way and won’t get her nose out of joint for being in bed by herself for a few hours, and then spent some time trying to work out a relationship between Boss and Rosie.
Again, I have no idea if I am doing this right, but here is what I did. I opened the door to Tunch’s bedroom, but left the gate up. The gate, as some of you laughably implied, is not there to keep Boss in, but to give him a safe haven. If something goes wrong or the girls go after him (worst case scenario), he can easily vault the gate and get up onto his pillow on the dresser before they can get to him.
So I took the gate down, and Rosie is here watching 42 with me, and I just let Boss explore. At one point, he came to the living room, and I got down on the floor with him and let Rosie come down within a foot of him. She’s starting to get out of the tail-wagging OMG WHAT IS THIS NEW TOY stage, but still, she is a JRT. So every time she started to stare intently at Boss, I snapped my fingers or clapped my hands to break her concentration.
JRT’s easily get fixated on shit, so I figured clapping or snapping my fingers would serve as a clicker, to break her fixation, and then every time I did it I would lavish Rosie with love while also petting Boss.
Am I doing this right? Or am I screwing up? What advice do you have? When Rosie came here, she was brought into an environment where Tunch was already the established boss, so this just feels a little trickier, and I hope I am reading these animals right. So far, Boss has had no aggressive tendencies other then when Rosie lunged at him the first night (I had my hand on her collar and yanked her away) and he boxed poor Lily’s ears. Sweet Lily was an innocent bystander just sitting there, but since I had yanked Rosie away, she got the big Boss oven mitts to the ears and just looked at me like she wanted to cry- “What, what did I do?”
Am I fucking this up? Am I reading these guys wrong?