Throughout the world, medics are begging people to stay inside their homes so the outbreak of the COVID-19 will decrease to spread as rapidly as before. Practicing social distancing has been the main way to battle this virus.
Even for people that haven’t traveled in the past weeks or months, they must stay at home so that they won’t get into contact with others that carry the virus. People all over the world are finding creative ways to do normal life things while staying at home.
Sticking to the accustomed habits in daily life such as meeting friends and family has to be done differently than before. Some people talk to their neighbors through their balcony or even on video chat on social media. However, if someone has a craving for a snack, for example, a bag of Cheetos, it might be more difficult, especially in these conditions.
A person needs to leave his house and go to a store where he or she would be exposed to other people so that they can buy their snack. This will give them a higher risk of getting infected by the virus. Instead of leaving his house, this guy from Mexico found a very intriguing solution to buy his cravings.
During the quarantine, Antonio Munoz had a craving to eat some Cheetos. Instead of dismissing the idea, he had to make a creative way to buy the snacks out of the store. Because he cannot go outside, he thought that he could send his dog to buy the snacks for him. After spending the third day in quarantine, Munoz wanted his Cheetos.
Munoz attached a note on his dog, a Chihuahua, alongside $20 and sent it to the department store located across his street.
The note that he attached read
“Hello Mr. Shopkeeper. Please sell my dog some Cheetos, the orange kind, not the red ones, they’re too hot. She has $20 attached to her collar. WARNING: She will bite if not treated right. Your front neighbor.”
Even though many people claim that Chihuahuas are big troublemakers and cannot be trained, this case proves the opposite. Patricia Johanson, a Chihuahua breeder, said that Chihuahuas are known for “a reputation among some for being feisty, snappy, difficult to potty train, and loud. That’s because individuals differ significantly from one another within the breed. But they can definitely be trained and there are plenty of chihuahuas in competitive sports, shows, and in movies, showing that they absolutely can be trained to advanced levels.”
She explains that even though Chihuahuas are bred for companionship, they have a terrier personality that does not comply always with the owner. These dogs are not afraid to use their voice even though they never need to hunt, just like the terriers. Johanson adds that “Tendency for guarding and resource-guarding aggression is a side-effect of being bred as devoted companions.”
Additionally, Johanson says that the positive reinforcement method would work on Chihuahuas just like any other dog breed. Using treats to reward good behavior will teach the dog to act right. The dog will do the same behaviors so that they will get their rewards. For rewards, the owner can use “food, special treats, praise, and petting, playing with a favorite toy and so on,” she adds.