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Barking at meal time

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Hi all,

I'm a little at my wit's end as to how to train them out of this. When it was just Buckley, he would do his happy dance, but feeding time was a quiet affair. Now, with two of them, it's an all-out barkfest. This wouldn't be such a big deal, but I get up an hour earlier than DH and feed the dogs right away. Thus, the barking wakes him up. Jewelie is the main problem. Clearly this is a behaviour that was tolerated at her old house for her whole life.

I have tried nose hugs, firm NO, going back into the basement (we keep the food on the landing) and closing the door until they are quiet...nothing seems to work. I know it's because we are feeding them at the same time, but given the size of our house, I'm not sure how I would go about feeding them separately.

Any ideas???
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Oh how I wish someone had a sure-fire answer for this! Our Traveler is terrible about barking while I'm fixing the dogs' meals. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif We've tried about everything short of shocking him, and 7 years later he persists with the infernal barking. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/mad.gif Otherwise, he's a well-behaved fellow.
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Like I said, I think we've tried everthing except shocking Traveler, and we won't do that. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif We leave him on the porch while his food's being prepared, he barks. We let him in, he barks. We spray him with a water bottle, he barks. If he does decide to take a break from barking, he moans as though in pain. :angry: So far, Spook isn't as vociferous. Li'l Girl and Misty, on the other hand, wait quietly for their food.
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