Join Date: Aug 2005
Dogs Name: Dance (Toller), Keira, Ripley (Dobes) & Journey (Aussie)
Dogs Age: 6.5 years, 6 years, 4.5 years, 15 months
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This is the reason my dogs no longer have a feeding schedule. They are still annoying about meals, but not like they were. And if they do get worked up around a certain time, they settle a lot quicker once they realize it's not actually dinner time. They used to carry on forever and ever in the beginning when I was eliminating their schedule, but now it's not nearly as bad. They might whine a bit for a few minutes until they realize nothing is happening. Now they only get really whiny and irritating when they see me pull their food container from the fridge (they eat raw) and gather their bowls, which I wish they wouldn't do still, but it's better than whining hours prior to feeding. I don't feed them until they're quiet and looking at least a little relaxed, as if I feed them in a heightened state of excitement, they're 10x worse the next day for meals. So quiet = food, shaking and screeching = waiting longer.
It's harder for breakfast though as I have no choice but to feed them as soon as they and I get up, as then it's off to work.
ETA: It's only my Dobermans who are like this for some reason. No idea why, but all three of them (plus the temporary one we had) have been crazy for meals. Dance and my past dogs loved food just as much, but didn't voice their concerns over it thankfully haha.
Journey - Oracle Twist of Fate TreeStarr
Dance - Tollwest's Dancing In Style CGN FM RN
[And Keira, gone but never forgotten: 2007-2014]
Last edited by Tollers-n-Dobes; 12-31-2012 at 12:51 PM.