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Old 10-18-2015, 12:10 PM
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My 3 month old cockapoo who is going to be 15 pounds full grown has me over a barrel. She is demand barking for people food even after she eats her raw food like she is panicking she will die without it. Since I can't have her barking her head off I have to do somethin, throw her something. She can't understand things I eat have to be cooked and cooled down to give her any. I put some in the freezer for a few minutes or rinse under cool water. I am miserable trying to keep her quiet and being forced to give in. Neighbours know I have a puppy and think she is adorable (she is) but no one wants barking. She was doing 90% fine peeing on training pad till one day decided to run around the house with it and now it's in a holder tray but needs to be taped down as she pulls it out easily. So she seldom pees on it and actually likes to eat it. We have stress over this. I take her out afternoons with a leash that extends 25 feet. She tires at the end and wants to be carried. Any ideas on the people food issue? I feel I can retrain her on the pad. She knows sit, come, and we are working on stay, down, and quiet
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Old 10-18-2015, 12:15 PM
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Old 10-18-2015, 12:29 PM
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BTW, we started with kibble, then she stopped, I added some good quality canned food, ate it 2 times and stopped, I tried just the canned food she ate it once. I'm on raw now but have to encourage her to eat it sometimes by spoon. In all cases she would rather go hungry and wait for people food. She watches me like a hawk and I have to prove I have no people food in my hands. It's so tiring. Should I cook dog recipes for her which seem to be ground meat carrots and rice? She will think it's my people food unless it smells really different she can tell. If I lived in a house all would be well, I could put up a barrier to the kitchen, or put her in another room or her kennel (which she decided she hates now) but she will bark and bark and bar. She has me over a barrel.
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Old 10-18-2015, 12:30 PM
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> Get your neighbors a treat and apologize for the barking, let them know you're trying to train her.

Then, stop giving in to her. She barks because it works. Ignore her when she starts, get up and go to another room if you have to.

Additionally, reward calm, quiet behavior. Put some treats in your pocket and whenever she's laying down quietly, give her one. Have her sit before you give her her food.

> I really don't like pad training, especially for puppies, because it usually ends up being messy and dogs can get confused and just start going anywhere in the house that reminds them of the pad (including carpet). But that's a personal choice.

> It's not uncommon for young puppies to get tired near the end of the walk, especially if you are walking far. Try for more frequent, shorter trips outside.

EDIT: She'll eat when she's hungry enough. Put the food down, leave it down for 15 minutes, and if she doesn't eat then, she can wait until the next meal.

I'm all for dogs having delicious, healthy diets, but it frankly doesn't get much better than that. If she goes days without eating her food then I'd consider switching, but not if she's just picky and expecting you to hand feed her.

And again, stop giving in especially with your food. She knows she doesn't have to eat hers because she'll just be able to convince you to hand over your goodies. Once she learns that you're not going to share, she will eat her own food.
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I have tried but just noticing her actions now. She is chewing on boxes, wood, curtains and etc and I'm sure she's hungry. I tried giving her a few pieces of hot dog as someone I met in the park said his dogs love it for a treat. She didn't like it until I had one for lunch as I'm stuck with them. I just served her fresh raw ground gourmet turkey with organs and tripe. She had one bite and then stared at the stove and I couldn't coax her to eat more. She went back to the box. Now I'm thinking I can't feed her in the kitchen any more. I have to find a other place.
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Other people have told me their dogs did that too. They chose to go hungry if not given people food.
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She peed on her pad again and hot praise and treats.
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I have never given her a full meal of people food to fill her belly. She gets a few scraps just to keep her quiet. I have gone a day at a time not eating to see if she will stop waiting for my cooking. I survived on a bit of dry cheerios which she barked at till she hot a few. She nibbles a bit at her food. Sigh. I'm not willing to get into trouble with the landlord so I don't know what to do. I'll try feeding her when she is hungry in another spot. If that doesn't work I might have to give her up. Many people have said they'd love to have her. I've been
asked and found that shocking and upsetting.
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She's chewing on boxes because she's 3 months old and that's what puppies do.

A lot of people have dogs that do that because they get concerned if the dog misses two or three meals and then they give in. Do you have a crate? Try feeding her in there - put her in, give her her food, wait the 15 minutes, and whatever she doesn't eat in that amount of time gets put away until the next meal. As a puppy, she should be given 3-4 meals a day, so she'll naturally have many chances to eat if she chooses to.

If she goes several days without eating, then you can be concerned and look to another course of action. But that would likely mean something else was going on. As long as she's eating a little bit at each meal, and as long as it's only a few meals she's skipping, she'll be fine. Just don't give in. She'll eat when she gets hungry enough, as much as she feels she needs.

It really is all about what is working from her angle. If she gets food for demand barking at you, she'll continue to do so. If she learns that she can turn her nose up at her food because you'll just give her your food, that's what she'll do.

On the other hand, if she learns that barking doesn't work, but sitting down quietly earns her a treat - THAT'S what she'll do.

EDIT: If she barks at you while you are eating, put her in another room. She may bark, but don't let her out when she gets quiet and certainly don't give in to her just to keep her quiet as that reinforces her bad behavior.

I'm sure she'll catch on quickly if you are consistent. Apologize to your neighbors in advance and give them a gift basket or something. If they have dogs or like dogs, they'll understand. It's not like she's barking all night long.

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