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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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Hmm, that's tough. I'd probably just move breakfast time until after everyone was awake. Are they barking while they're eating, or while they see you getting out the food? We were doing nothing in life is free with Gage, so he always had to sit quietly and wait before he was allowed to take the food back when we were feeding him on a schedule. But if they're barking while they're eating, that wouldn't help, of course. Do your dogs have crates? Maybe you could let them out to eat one at a time.
In that case, I'd definitely hold the food, and tell them to sit and be quiet first. As soon as one of them gets it right, give him/her the go-ahead to take the food. The one who picks it up first will be a good example for the other one, just like Jewlie set a bad example. before /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

It's going to get worse before it gets better because they both think it's okay to be loud at meal time right now. So, they'll be confused when it's suddenly not any more. If they bark when they get treats, that'll give them plenty of opportunities to practice.
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