Kain will mellow out, maybe in another year or so. I always give a quick NO and push down when they try to stand up at the table. I don't like that either, on the other hand, my husband needs training too. he thinks it's cute when Dolly or Peggy pokes their head under his arm while we are at the table. As far as feeding schedule it's a personal thing whether or not you are at home to feed. My guys and girls only eat once a day. I would love to feed them twice a day, but I work away from home, so I make it real nice for them by mixing my home made beef n vegetable mix with the kibble.