No more shoes.
|FLD Gus, caught with sock-in-mouth.|
Now it's SOCKS!
|An innocent looking FLD Gus looks up, "Who me?"|
Way back in December, I posted "Fixing a Miscommunication" about FLD Gus's shoe-delivery habit.
My mission, should I choose to accept it, was to:
- Ignore Gus. Don't give any eye contact and only remove the shoe if he's chewing it.
- Divert his attention by replacing the shoe with an appropriate toy.
- Reinforce the TAKE/GIVE command using the shoe and hope he loses interest in the shoe.
- Clarify the TAKE/GIVE command periodically with different things.
- Exercise him!
I thought I did all of these things. I really can't remember the last time that FLD Gus brought me a shoe. But the other day I caught a photo of him with my sock. And it dawned on me. Gus has replaced his shoe-delivery with SOCK-delivery!
What did I do wrong?
Without realizing it, sock-delivery has become a common habit. Gus brings me a sock. I don't look at him as I take it away. I close our bedroom door.
Andy says, "It's really weird. He doesn't ever chew it. He just has to HAVE it."
And I just keep taking it away.
I believe that FLD Gus knows the TAKE/GIVE command. He did lose interest in the shoe. He does get more exercise.
BUT. I did not IGNORE him enough. I did not give him a chance to just HAVE the shoe and lose interest in it when I did not come and take it away.
Now I have a new mission!