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I Hate Getting Old. The Dogs Think They Can Trick Me.

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  • I Hate Getting Old. The Dogs Think They Can Trick Me.

    I have three small dogs, whom I feed twice a day, morning and evening. They eat in their crates, so no one steals food from poor little sis, who has a jaw deformity, and she takes longer. I think there have been some days where I may have forgotten that I fed them, and then fed twice.

    I KNOW that they’ve eaten today, but all three are sitting in their crates next to their bowls, LOOKING HUNGRY.

    Not today, kiddos. I’m on to you.
    “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”

  • #2
    Rack on!


    • #3
      They are trying to train you . . .


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by snowblaze View Post
        They are trying to train you . . .
        I think you're right. I just need to NOT feed "BC" (Before coffee!)
        “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”


        • #5
          My dog does this to me when I get back from trips. I always ask the dog sitter if he’s been fed. Dog puts on his best happy I am back/I need to eat face. I forgot to mention to the sitter once that he had already had breakfast so he got an extra helping using this tactic.


          • #6
            My dog has successfully conned my husband into doing this on a couple of occasions. He now has an alarm set on his phone. Astrid is not fed until the alarm goes off. He is then able to check if the alarm has gone off, should he doubt himself.

            The alarm tone is the sound of a duck quacking. Astrid has developed a Pavlovian response to this sound, which makes her daily walk next to the neighborhood pond an interesting experience, as the sound of real ducks sends her into a tizzy expecting to be fed.
            "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


            • #7
              Just get a month-to-month calendar, and when you do morning feed put a check mark on the top of the date block, and for a second feeding do a check mark at the bottom of the date block. It sounds over the top, but it's one way to outwit the pups.

              Years ago, our Lab would pull the "starving puppy" routine on any one of us that came in after her usual dinner time. She often ended up with another dinner.
              Last edited by JanM; Jun. 5, 2019, 05:44 PM.
              You can't fix stupid-Ron White


              • #8
                So many repetitively daily chores and so many time I question whether I did them! LOL!
                "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." --


                • #9
                  Mine trained me to feed them when they howl. Well, one can howl, the other just jumps around and sometimes makes little whiny sounds.

                  This was amusing and worked fine for a long time. They'd get fed in the AM, then again in the late afternoon. Once they learned the power of their behavior, it got earlier and earlier. Now, they eat at 6:30 am, then ask for "dinner" at around 8:00 am. I generally give in since they don't quit. Strangely, most of the time they are satisfied. Occasionally, they try to trick me into thinking I haven't fed them yet.


                  • #10
                    Friends gifted us with a woodburned sign that read on one side "The Cats Are Fed" & on the reverse "The Cats Are Hungry"
                    Of course, that meant whoever fed had to remember to switch the sign.....
                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
                      Friends gifted us with a woodburned sign that read on one side "The Cats Are Fed" & on the reverse "The Cats Are Hungry"
                      Of course, that meant whoever fed had to remember to switch the sign.....
                      Love this. I need one for myself