COMING HOME TO FIND MURPHY LOOKING LIKE THIS: 9.
I’ve recently decided to start testing Murphy to see if he’s ready for some out-of-crate experiences. When I leave to run to the grocery store I’ll leave him out with Dakota and see if everything is in place when I return. So far those have been goign really well. So the other night I left him out and when I came home in the morning he was sleeping peacefully on my giant bucket chair, with no trash, paper or anything shredded on my floor. Tonight when I left for volleyball I came home to find him sitting peacefully on this chair.
-1 because there’s no way I can get him to make the connection between ‘I behaved tonight so that’s why I get to stay out of my crate tomorrow’. Therefore the positive consequence of giving him more freedom doesn’t really register as a positive consequence… if only dogs had critical thinking skills.