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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.

  • Big_Tag
    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

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  • 2DogsFarm
    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.....

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  • Mango20
    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.

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  • alabama
    So many repetitively daily chores and so many time I question whether I did them! LOL!

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  • JanM
    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, 06:44 PM.

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  • Renn/aissance
    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.

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  • TheMoo
    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.

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  • Sparrowette
    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!)

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  • snowblaze
    They are trying to train you . . .

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