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    Roley has started this really annoying habit of barking and/or jumping up at me from about an hour before he gets fed morning and night. I checked his weight and he is gaining nicely so its not that he isn't getting enough food. At least I don't think so. It's getting bloody annoying going through this every day. Hes becoming really pushy with it too.
    If he barks I either ignore it or if he doesn't stop I leave the room. And if he jumps up I turn my back on him or leave the room.
    I'm at my wits end trying to figure out a way to stop this behaviour. Can anyone help me with strategies as I'm going rapidly insane listening to the noise and I'm sure the neighbours are going to start complaining soon

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    I'd start by teaching him to sit, stay and leave it when you put the food down i.e he's not allowed to touch it until you say so.

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    'northolt' - You have a very smart pup, who is learning very quickly how to push your buttons. Roley is getting a reaction from you – doesn't matter if it is a good or a bad reaction – all he knows is that he gets attention !

    You need to pull Roley’s ‘head in’ really quickly – and the only way to do this nicely and with long term benefits for you both - is with training. He is still reasonably small at present – but that is not forever !

    So – some links for you:

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    Look at particular - behavioural interrupters, Triangle of Temptation (TOT) and Nothing in Life is Free (NILIF).

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    Thanks RileyJ and MymateJack, this evening he started his usual barking and staring at me but this time instead of trying to ignore him I clicked and treated every time he stopped. And..... he stopped! Now whether it is to do with the fact that it is still 30 odd degrees I don't care I'm just glad that he gave up so quickly. So will try this again in the morning. It's amazing how much better I feel. I should have tried this days ago. Happy chappy tonight

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    Great that the clicking for stopping worked! Let us know how it evolves.

    I've started teaching our foster pups to lie down quietly when I'm doing stuff in the kitchen by just giving them treats at random intervals when they do. May take one or two times with luring (and having another dog who knows the drill helps too) but they get it amazingly fast. I go through quite a few treats in the first few days, but after that I just reduce it to the occasional one.

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    Another thing that will help stop his barking at dinner time, mix up what time you feed him, don't let him get into a routine of being fed at a certain time everyday, even skipping a meal every now(obviously not too often) and again will help

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    Agree with random times. I mix things up here, meal times, times inside and out etc so to my dogs everything is "normal" and any change is just taken in stride. I hate set routines as if I am away, hubby is in much later than their summer meal times and they get fed when he comes home. There is no anxiousness either when things are different. Sometimes they can be fed at 5pm, 9pm or any time in between.
    Mornings they are fed when hubby lets them out. As he was off to a cattle sale 2 hrs away they had breakfast about 5am, usually it is any time between 6 and 8am. They wait till they hear the Noise associated with their food coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northolt View Post
    Thanks RileyJ and MymateJack, this evening he started his usual barking and staring at me but this time instead of trying to ignore him I clicked and treated every time he stopped. And..... he stopped! Now whether it is to do with the fact that it is still 30 odd degrees I don't care I'm just glad that he gave up so quickly. So will try this again in the morning. It's amazing how much better I feel. I should have tried this days ago. Happy chappy tonight
    Why are you soooo surprised that he stopped ?

    What you have done here is a really good example of a behaviour interruptor ! The other advantages are - that Roley learnt something new, you are happy, so pup must be happy and he was getting treats !

    Well done and keep it up !

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