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    Ow man, how on earth do you all eat on the lounge??????????????????????????/

    Don't you spill food everywhere?

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    haha banjo does this all the time. its very unnerving eating when you have 2 pairs of beady black eyes intently staring at your every move. then he sneaks closer and closer and puts his head right on my lap or squeazes into the tiny gap between the armrest and me.
    I am way to much of a softie with him though. am trying to get harder :-S

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    Haha no my food doesnt get everywhere.
    Honestly I havent eaten at our table ever! only time we use the table is at a resturant. before I moved to this house i went 5 years without even owning a table!
    I guess its just lots of practice

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    It is a matter of picking your meals DA. Particularly for the kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Possibly, but she's also prolly just a greedy guts. Mind you, the dog who knows that when you eat she waits queitly and will get hers later is usually not a dog who thinks it's boss in any way. So if you can achieve that, yes it will certainly help.

    Best of luck. If a dog tried to take my food God help it, so I can understand.
    That makes sense. I was honestly surprised that she didn't actually snatch a chip last night, she had her mouth open about to chop on it when I said NO, DOWN and she did just that!

    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    You know what Amy I think you handled it perfectly. Must admit we eat in the lounge room and the dogs all have better manners when we do that than at the table because I've told the kids very firmly if they ever want to be able to eat in the lounge room they can NEVER give the dogs anything.

    I told the kids to growl at the dogs grrrr. Deep like they mean it. And because they often eat their ice cream or desert in the lounge room they can do a good impression of a cranky dog that is not going to share. Their vegies at the table are another matter.

    I can eat my tea with Mickey curled up on my lap, and the plate resting on his back. At the table however he will beg and look pathetic at you. That's because visitors cave into him (against my wishes) the kids will sneak their food to all the dogs, husband will give them the fat from the steak straight from his plate. And I'm guilty of passing them things straight from the kitchen counter as I prepare food.

    But they have never got anything from in the lounge room. And all of us have been very diligent at sticking to it because you don't have that distance like you do when sitting at the table.

    But if all else fails there is always the good ol crate. Got to love those things.
    I give her things from the kitchen table sometimes too. And now that you mention it there HAVE been times in the past week when we have given her scraps in the lounge.

    OH dropped a chip onto his lap on Wednesday when he was eating lunch and she grabbed it! And I may or maynot have given her some left over roast chicken meat on Monday night!

    Silly silly us! No more feeding from the couch!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Good advice so far Amy, I too sit on the sofa to eat, I won't tolerate "mooching" from the dogs either. If I get the "stare" I just ignore it, and it's usually from the newbies, they give up after a while. If any jumps up to try to get on my lap they get pushed off the sofa, I don't even say anything most of the time, just give a gentle shove and don't look at them.

    If crating works for you then do it!
    Thanks! I will try the crating in an effort to break the bad habit that we have accidently given her!

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Ow man, how on earth do you all eat on the lounge??????????????????????????/

    Don't you spill food everywhere?
    Maybe you need one of those cutesy T.V trays to help you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz & Banjo View Post
    haha banjo does this all the time. its very unnerving eating when you have 2 pairs of beady black eyes intently staring at your every move. then he sneaks closer and closer and puts his head right on my lap or squeazes into the tiny gap between the armrest and me.
    I am way to much of a softie with him though. am trying to get harder :-S
    I used to be a softy too...still am with some things...but NOT with food!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Ow man, how on earth do you all eat on the lounge??????????????????????????/

    Don't you spill food everywhere?
    Only if the dog or cat jumps in your lap, lol.

    With hubby's hours, especially in summer I had to do 2 food sittings when the kids were younger so we were really never together much to to the family table thing a lot, we did other together things.

    I now have one adult son who always eats from his lap at his flat and another who is indeed home in time to eat with his family and they adore their nightly table dining.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    If Frosty gets a bit too enthusiastic about my dinner (I'd love to have room for a dining table), I stand up with my plate and walk into her until she backs off to a distance I find acceptable, then I sit down again. I usually only have to do that once.

    If for some reason she's just impossible, we all have bad days, I shut her out of the lounge. Though that can get a bit loud. Haven't had to do that for ages.

    Note, she almost always gets fed first, so she's got no good reason to be mooching off my dinner plate. And I find that her mooching attempts get much worse if I actually feed her anything from my plate while I'm sitting on the couch - so serves me right really. We have this thing for chicken yiros. So if I want her to have some, I save it up on my plate, take it all back into the kitchen and stuff it in a treat ball so she has to work for it and doesn't associate it directly with me eating my dinner.

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    If Taya hangs around like a bad smell I tell her to go away. Of course I am the most horrible mother in the whole world! But her bed is between the two single lounge chairs so she lays there with her chin on the edge of the seat looking up at you... I just ignore her.

    She has a bad habit of getting up to follow you if you're going back to the kitchen. I tell her to stay where she is - again, I'm a terrible mum! Once she has gone back I will put food in her bowl or let a minute or two pass and come back and give her something.

    We are not perfect, she does get food sometimes from the chair etc. But I try not to make a habit of it, and tell my parents that's not allowed.

    ETA - Hy I like your method of walking into Frosty!

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    Ohhh, this reminds me of little Ziggy First day we had her, I went home for lunch. Prepared the spaghetti from the evening before and put it on the dinner table (when Ziggy was new we decided to eat on the dinner table until table manners were established ) I had to go back to the kitchen because I forgot something, turned around and there she was.... front paws on the table, eating spaghetti from my plate. When she put her paws back on the ground she had still spaghetti hanging out of her mouth

    That was the only time ever. By now, we are back eating on the sofa. We simply ignored her every time we had something to eat and she stared at us. For dinner time we made it a bit easier for her by giving her something to chew on her mat while we sat at the table. We still do that from time to time but it is not necessary.

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    Hi Amy,

    I don't think crating would help. I think you should handle her with love only..You should give her warning by your expressions or words that NO..SIT DOWN..like this..I think she will understand this as time will pass..
    Last edited by Devil's Advocate; 04-23-2010 at 08:14 PM.

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