The last time that we updated, we talked about how we were looking for a solution that would prevent our dogs from getting injured, which would render our study useless.
Over the past few weeks, we have been testing the idea of segregating the play groups. We’ve only been placing four dogs in each playgroup, for four hours at a time. We then rotate two of the dogs from one playgroup to another, and vice versa. Rinse and repeat for the 20 hours that the dogs are awake.
This gives all of the dogs exposure to one another, while controlling how much chaos the dogs are exposed to.
It also helps that the dogs are beginning to show characteristics of adulthood.
This should greatly lessen the amount of energy that they’re going to be wildly expending.
Soon enough we’ll be able to head on to phase two of the study.