Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Jo, nice to hear from you again!
The person who gave you that advice is, unfortunately correct! The dog has figured a way to get and keep your attention, so will keep on doing it! What i would suggest you do is the following:-
a. Put the food down and walk out the room. Give him 15 minutes to eat and then take it away.
Here i would suggest putting in a little bit of cooked chicken or something equally yummy to encourage the dog to eat. When he is eating every time, then start reducing the quantity of the treats added to the food. Try to use something that you can mash so that the cubes get coated with it as well.
b. Repeat at the evening meal. It can take a dog up to 3-4 days before they cave in.
c. In between - ensure that nobody gives the dogs any food at all!
d. You need to bring in some basic house rules as well. Your little one is ruling the roost and an unbalance like this is not the ideal situation for a happy well behaved, well adjusted member of the family.
I gave Health24 an article about adopting a shelter dog which contained the basics, but i dont think they have linked it yet. If you cant find the article, have a look in my friendsofthedog website and you will find it there. Read the bit about Human/Canine Hierarchy which is towards the end and that will give you a good foundation to work from.
Do let me know how you go please, take care, Scotty
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