I am posting on Pupster's behalf, as her claws have not recently been clipped and she finds typing at the moment difficult. She requests her fellow furkids explain a very curious and disturbing behaviour her puppies have recently developed.
The Puppies will, when eating downstairs, occassionally leave their food and go and stare at the square-box-with-moving-pictures, leaving* their food unfinished (a *very* undoglike thing to do, in her opinion) and walk away, *leaving* their food and, well, *leaving* their food. NOT giving her their food by throwing it on the floor, but *leaving their food on the Don't-You-Dare-Touch-That-Macula Table. All because of some girl named Dora on the square-box-with-moving-pictures.
Tonight they left *Pasta.* And *Cheese!* And *Tomato Sauce!!* And (gasp) *Meatballs!!* Just LEFT them, on the table.

Macula was sure she had the puppies better trained than this. Food is for eating.* Or for giving to HER. NOT for *leaving on a table while she drools so politely right next to them.
Macula asks her furkid buddies does this sound normal?!?!?!? Why are Mommy and Daddy not concerned? Oh Where, Oh Where, has she gone wrong?!?!?

Marie ;-)
(who now goes to clean up the giant drool puddle left by Macula)
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Macula asks her furkid buddies does this sound normal?!?!?!? Why are Mommy and Daddy not concerned? Oh Where, Oh Where, has she gone wrong?!?!?

I tried to stop her, really, but Fancy heard Macula's question and sensed her frustration loud and clear. I fear she used DogTel (that's the cellular-like service for dog communications) to attempt a born-again-Boxer mission with her.
Many, many, many Boxers don't believe in Do Not Eat laws as they are firm believers in What's Mine is Mine And What's Yours Is Mine. It is their belief that food should not be regulated and that suffering punishment is a small price to pay for nabbing a plate of food.
Should Macula begin exhibiting Fancy-like attitude and behavior I apologize and highly recommend speedy use of a psychotherapist.

Tara
Macula asks her furkid buddies does this sound normal?!?!?!? Why are Mommy and Daddy not concerned? Oh Where, Oh Where, has she gone wrong?!?!?

I tried to stop her, really, but Fancy heard Macula's question and sensed her frustration loud and clear. I fear ... of food. Should Macula begin exhibiting Fancy-like attitude and behavior I apologize and highly recommend speedy use of a psychotherapist.

Well, Molly is some sort of Lab-mix, so now I know she's a Lab-Fancy mix.
My 4 year old, for some reason, always needs to go use the facilities in the middle of her breakfast/lunch/snack. Several times she's done that and come back to an empty plate. I now get strict instructions to "Make Sure Molly Doesn't Eat My Sandwich".
She's actually very sneaky for a 45 pound dog.
Mary W.
SNIP> Should Macula begin exhibiting Fancy-like attitude and behavior I apologize and highly recommend speedy use of a psychotherapist.

For the humans or the dog? ;-)
Marie
SNIP> Should Macula begin exhibiting Fancy-like attitude and behavior I apologize and highly recommend speedy use of a psychotherapist.

For the humans or the dog? ;-)

The humans. Once the dog subscribes to the Fancy Mentality there's no going back. The dog will occasionally let you think you've exerted your bossness and put an end to the mischief but you're being played. Just when you think its safe to leave food out again WHAM! they steal it and snicker at your gullibility afterwards.

Tara
Macula was sure she had the puppies better trained than this. Food is for eating.* Or for giving to HER. NOT for *leaving on a table while she drools so politely right next to them.

Macula has the right idea. Stay at the table and eat and wait ot be excused to watch the boob tube. No leaving food and coming back to it. Dogs or kids.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Macula was sure she had the puppies better trained than ... table while she drools so politely right next to them.

Macula has the right idea. Stay at the table and eat and wait ot be excused to watch the boob tube. No leaving food and coming back to it. Dogs or kids.

Yup. I agree. Unfortunately the boys have, ATM, the attention span of gnats when it comes to food (something that mystifies Macula). When we eat upstairs (90% of the time) dinnertime lasts Come to think of it Macula never found the boys' lack of interest in food disturbing (strange, yes: disturbing, no). She only started to become alarmed when they ceased throwing their plates (with food) on the floor as a way of finishing their meals ;-}
Marie
Thanks for the pictures, Dorthe.

Yeah...
I really loved the last one, with the basset on the couch and the St. Bernard on the cushion. My basset also insists on her spot on the bed, despite countless reprimands.

Well, you're gonna really love this next post from my FREE Wits' End Dog Training Method manual student Lisa B. fixin this same behavior problem with her dog in one day, roy. just roy..
Even when I push her off at night,

Tsk tsk. That's HOWE COME she keeps comin back. Your contact complets the game for her.
my basset hound will simply wait for me to fall asleep and then jump back on the bed.

Right. Just like they'll do with your food on the table or the garbage bin or the kat box or the boltin out the door or anything else. You try to force the dog and you teach them what to do and tell them HOWE to do it!
BWWAHAHAHHAA!!!
Here's HOWE my students do it:
Patch, More reports from the sound distraction/praise technique trenches.. Today I started teaching my 4 month pup, Pepper, not to ... this time in the hallway. CLAP my hands together from the kitchen, she stops and turns to look at me.


I praise her while she looks at me, still thinking.. This time she sits down and wags her tail at ... have a laptop) and she hasn't tried jumping up and yapping in his face as she usually does. FWIW. -Lisa

FWIW ? To Pepper and Beau, its worth EVERYTHING !!!

I know its Jerry's work you are following, and he`s too laid back to jump up and down, ( I imagine a very satisfied look though, at the very least ), so I`ll do the jumping up and down instead !!
Go Pepper, Go Lisa, Go Pepper, Go Lisa
Patch
Thanks America, for Ricki Lake. grrr
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Tell us Lisa is a LIAR, eddie.
Go ahead, eddie. Tell us Jerry HOWE fabricated Lisa B's post.
Yup. I agree. Unfortunately the boys have, ATM, the attention span of gnats when it comes to food (something that ... get distracted by the boob tube we can sometimes sneak another mouthful or two into them while Dora distracts them.[/nq]It is a really bad habit for them to get into to eat while being distracted by the tv. If they aren't hungry enough to keep eating, just put the food away. If they get hungry again, have them go back to the table to eat. My kids and I are on different schedules as far as when we eat lunch and when and what kind of snacks and when we are hungry for dinner. But at the same time there is the whole "let's sit down as a family and eat dinner" thing. So we all sit down together, but some of us are just having a glass of water and others are eating a full meal.

One daughter is usually eating because she is a grazer who eats small amounts more often. But when she is snacking, eating with or without family, whenever, she has to be sitting at the breakfast bar or table. Read up on healthier eating and you'll see all over the place that eating while standing at the sink or counter is a bad habit, but eating while watching tv is one of the worst. Let them eat when they want, but not where they want, or you are setting them up to be oblivious to what they are stuffing in their mouths down the line as they are used to having mouthfuls here and there while distracted by the tv.
Come to think of it Macula never found the boys' lack of interest in food disturbing (strange, yes: disturbing, no). She only started to become alarmed when they ceased throwing their plates (with food) on the floor as a way of finishing their meals ;-}

My dogs want Macula to wait until nobody is looking and then try to steal the food off the table. It may not work, but it's worth a try, according to them. Practice the really really really innocent look in the mirror before attempting this.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
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