Wednesday, March 24, 2004

We discovered two things today:

1. if you stop treating, your puppy will forget. Mojo had 2 accidents today, because we stopped paying attention to him and treating him. He was off doing his own thing, and we were doing stuff. Then wham - regression.

2. When havanese puppies (or our havanese puppy) eat Eukanuba treat biscuits, they get a lot of energy around 1.5 to 2 hours later, and get more aggressive. I think this leads to the above behavior. Mojo probably was trying to get our attention with his rougher play, and succeeded.

But running him around the apartment, playing games (come, stay) and treating him (good dog, etc) burned off the biscuit-induced energy and he went back to going to the litter. Amazing.

If you look at it from Mojo's point of view, he was reconditioning us in classic skinner fashion. Heh. Well it worked.

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