For years I have been a poorly trained dog owner and allowed my 2 dogs to torment me as I fed them.
They would whine, dance around me, get underfoot and jump at the food bowls while I placed them into the feeding station.
Inspired by a popular dog training TV show, I decided to become more proactive.

What I did was train myself to have the dogs lie quietly on their bed while I prepared the food and put the bowls into their feeding stations (it's an attractive raised wooden box that I built so the big dogs wouldn't have to stretch their necks to the ground while they ate).

Although my training took about a week to complete, the dogs now know that if they want to eat they must quietly lie down on their bed and wait until I give a distinctive verbal command.
Dinnertime is now so peaceful.
Although my training took about a week to complete, the dogs now know that if they want to eat they must quietly lie down on their bed and wait until I give a distinctive verbal command.

Would you mind having a go at training my neighbor, whose dogs I frequently watch? After a couple of days of watching them, they learn that they need to be quiet for me, but they lose their training in the interims when I'm not watching them. One of them is a Cocker Spaniel mix, and his shriek is ear-splitting and brain hemorrhage inducing.

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Although my training took about a week to complete, the ... bed and wait until I give a distinctive verbal command.

Would you mind having a go at training my neighbor, whose dogs I frequently watch? After a couple of days ... not watching them. One of them is a Cocker Spaniel mix, and his shriek is ear-splitting and brain hemorrhage inducing.

Hey, it took years to get me to the point where I could be properly trained.

What make you think I can train anyone else? Emotion: rolleyes
What I did was train myself to have the dogs lie quietly on their bed while I prepared the food and put the bowls into their feeding stations

Good for you! You trained them to make responses that are incompatible with their annoying behaviors.
Our yellow lab, Oppie, was a terror at dinner time when he was a pup - he'd whip himself into a jumping, whining and barking frenzy. So we trained him that to get food, he had to lie down with his head on the ground. He does so in his own inimitable way - he rears back on his haunches, salaams a couple of times, belly flops, and after the food goes down, he sticks his butt up in the air and then lifts his forequarters, thereby treating us to 10 years of good laughs when we feed him. (ok, so we allowed a little superstitious behavior to creep in).
With Gordo, we did something quite different. Gordo was a chihuahua, and a true omega if I ever saw one. At dinner time he'd cringe and hunker down - you'd think the poor little guy had been beaten - and he had to be enticed to the food bowl to eat. I couldn't stand this, either, so we trained him that he had to beg in order to get the food - sitting on haunches is incompatible with cringing. It took about a month, but we got him to stop the cringing.
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Hey, it took years to get me to the point where I could be properly trained. What make you think I can train anyone else? Emotion: rolleyes

Ah, well, it was worth a shot. I'm dog sitting again next weekend, I think. Maybe I'll invest in some ear plugs.

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You go John (and company)
I enjoyed reading your success story. I will get back to you in awhile..with mine. (ha) You know there was a time when my old dogs did the sit and stay till I told them Ok. I think the introduction of my new dog (14 months ago) and my failure to follow thru has caused havoc. You have given me a project to work on. I also need to get one of those elevated dog bowls for my old arthritic lab, but how bad can he hurt when it only takes him 3 seconds to down his chow..hehehehe. He is a hungry boy!! I enjoyed reading your post, it is nice to read about dog stuff in a dog group..Thanks..Judy
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You go John (and company) I enjoyed reading your success story. I will get back to you in awhile..with mine. ... I enjoyed reading your post, it is nice to read about dog stuff in a dog group..Thanks..Judy Be Free, Judy

Since I know woodworking, I built my own feeding station (for two dogs) primarily because the ones in the stores are so lightweight and kind of ugly.

I built mine in stages. When they were puppies, the stand (which looks a bit like a chest with dovetailed joints) was only about 1.5 feet tall. As the dogs grew, I added legs to the 'box' (actually, it's a bit more ornate than that; the feeding stations looks like furniture) so that the dogs never had to lean down more than an inch or two.
One of my dogs, like yours, gulps down her food in several seconds and pushed the box (feeding station) around a great deal. I added about 20 pounds of iron weights to the interior of the box and now the box doesn't move more than several inches a day.
Hey, it took years to get me to the point ... What make you think I can train anyone else? Emotion: rolleyes

Ah, well, it was worth a shot. I'm dog sitting again next weekend, I think. Maybe I'll invest in some ear plugs.

Maybe I could send you Zoe, the GOOD cockerchow. She will show the BAD cockerchow what to do. Within a matter of weeks, she had Max sitting for dinner. Now Max does the full Zoe dinner routine: lie down, head on the floor, and look quite despairing, as if you don't expect the lady with the food to EVER quite get the food delivered to you again. Oh, the agony. Whereas hope springs eternal in the breast of the Queener and she can barely keep herself glued to the floor, frequently engaging in what I believe you refer to as the sooper sekrit sideways levit8shun.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
Maybe I could send you Zoe, the GOOD cockerchow. She will show the BAD cockerchow what to do. Within a matter of weeks, she had Max sitting for dinner.

Can you get her here by Friday? Charlie would not ever dare to not follow a girldog's orders.
Now Max does the full Zoe dinner routine: lie down, head on the floor, and look quite despairing, as if you don't expect the lady with the food to EVER quite get the food delivered to you again. Oh, the agony.

That sounds like Miss Brown. Every meal was certainly her very last, dontchaknow? Poor, long-suffering thing. It reminds me of my ELB who, when he was 4yo, told the baby sitter that he and I quote! "had never had a cookie."
Whereas hope springs eternal in the breast of the Queener and she can barely keep herself glued to the floor, frequently engaging in what I believe you refer to as the sooper sekrit sideways levit8shun.

How fun!

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