Leash training yesterday went quite well. He was very relaxed, relaxed enough to do this in his favourite pink tent. Sorry for the blurry pic.
What was more encouraging was when it was time for bed. Usually I would switch off the main lights in the house. This would signal to everyone that it was Rest&Relax time before bed and Tanaka would be in the bedroom by then. Last night I had switched off the lights and Akira, who was already outside sitting on top of the fridge, decided to go into the living room, blissfully unaware that Tanaka was still seated here. This is actually a blind spot and if you go from the kitchen to the living room and vice-versa, you would not be able to see around the corner.
Tanaka was seated here, in his harness and was actually quite relaxed and was just looking at her. He did not start up nor did he look hard at her at all. He just sat here. I was quite horrified and after a few seconds had the presence of mind to scoop him up and put him in the bedroom. The miracle was Tanaka just sat there.
I do not know if this was the result of the homeopathic Spirit Essence from Jackson Galaxy of My Cat from Hell fame. I had rubbed 4 drops onto his ears and fur. I had used the Bach Remedy before and although it did calm him down, it did not stop him from running at her at every chance.
The site says this- In multi-animal situations, it seems there is always one bully who wants to be the boss and tell everyone else what to do. Bully Remedy reminds the "big cheese" that things are fine without needing to patrol everyone else, and that it is not necessary to dominate in order to live harmoniously.
We recommend starting with 3 or 4 times a day, for 2 weeks. Once improvement is established, usually within 2-4 weeks, you can wean the animal off by gradually decreasing the frequency of administration. Adding a few drops to the drinking water as well as once-a-day administration will probably be adequate. Some animals may need to remain on essence treatment long term, and some may see resolution very quickly. We have also found that most animals will also benefit from long-term administration of a maintenance formula.
This morning, when he got out from the bedroom, he immediately went to the kitchen and did not climb onto the shelves to to put his paws into Akira's cage. Then he sat by the cat tent and did not look at her.
I am much encouraged as I had tried the Bully Remedy from other brands but this one seems to walk the talk. Of course it may be a coincidence and Tanaka may be too tired to run after her. I need to try it for the month first.