Ky & Bentley do have their time apart. Quite awhile ago I became concerned about him getting too dependent on her so they have separate walks, sometimes when it's just me & Bentley we meet up with people from the neighborhood walking their dogs so he gets to walk and interact with other dogs without Ky. Bentley also spends time at playgroup with small dogs without Ky.
At home sometimes they're together outside but he gets cold pretty fast so he comes in with us while she stays outside. My problem with separating them is Bentley has always been reassured by Ky, when he hears something that scares him he looks at Ky and if she's not reacting to it he just ignores it too. It's been that way from day one. Ky was very helpful when teaching him to walk on leash and get used to traffic noises ect.
This period that he's going through right now, in my mind, does not justify separating them. He is the same old Bentley 98% of the time. At the nursing home again this AM he was back to not caring about anything except his hugs & kisses.
I was supposed to take Bentley to our trainer this afternoon for a one on one training session but I canceled it. If she thinks my dogs have to be separated 24/7 then we don't need her. I will work with him myself. If he runs into something else that frightens him I will show him that it's nothing to be afraid of using treats and love. We'll get through this.
It just surprised me because Ky has raised him to be a very brave, inquisitive puppy. He has no hesitation when checking out new things, people or dogs. I joked with DH that on his dog license for breed I was going to put..Golden Retriever/Akita mix
I think this is just a phase he's going through and we will work it out as a family, and our family includes Ky. Thanks for all the input, I really do appreciate it!