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Oct. 29th, 2007 @ 10:07 am St-aaarrrfff-ing puppies
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A while ago hubby and I discovered that we were over-feeding the dogs. He would feed them at 4:30, they would polish it off, and by the time I got up at 7:30 I would feed them again. He solved this this weekend by adding some magnets to the lid of their food bin so we can mark off if they've been fed in the am and pm.

We might be happy with the arrangement, but I know of two little doggies that aren't so impressed. I was sitting here trying to peacefully eat my toast this am and they were giving me the saddest eyes, nudging me, pacing over to their dishes (which I know full well they ate out of this am already).

I'll admit it, I caved when Sasha started bouncing for attention and gave them another half serving each. They seem to be happy now and it might be a bit cruel to cut them off cold turkey like that. (I'm such a pushover!)

In other pet-related news, I'm now able to get rid of my alarm clock. Sasha has taken to trotting in to my room, putting her paws up on the bed and giving off one short bark if I'm not up between 7:30 and 8. She then ducks down and lies on the mat beside the bed. This still scares the crap out of me every time she does it, but is still cute enough that I can't be mad.
Who does she think she is?
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Date:October 29th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
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I was going to suggest, you could wean them off the feeding times by giving them half servings still @ 4:30 & 7:30, or maybe giving them the full amount sometime in between (say, @ 6:00...?) if you start getting up at that time.

Animal habits are cute! :)
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Date:October 30th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
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Bahahaa - up at 6. eep - sorry I've never been a morning person, I'd shock everyone (pets included) if I started now!

I think we're going to have to work a bit on the food issues. I think they've really enjoyed having me home this year too, they seem to be much hungrier if I'm out for the day *g*
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Date:October 30th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
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My dogs learned really quick to leave mommy alone in the mornings. I actually growled at them and then would just say,"GO!" and point out of the room and they would slither away. Now they just lay around and wait for mom to let them out.

I feed my dogs at 6am and again at 6pm...they get treats in between. I love buying them peanut butter bones-they go crazy over them. Same thing with the feedings...they learned very quickly with the firm,"NO!" and then the,"GO!"with me pointing them to the living room. The only time they react now is if they hear the treat jar jiggle or the food bin open. Amazing how they can pin down these sounds.
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Date:October 30th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
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My husband and I have been doing the same thing with our cat!
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