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    Question Table manners (or sometimes couch manners)

    So I was being a bit of a bum tonight and eating my dinner (a slice of pizza) in the couch while watching a movie when Murray decided to take it upon himself to jump on the couch and then on me and--stole a big bite of my pizza!!! It was funny but I can't have this happening when people come over or just in general but I want him to be able to still sit on the couch with me I just want to be able to eat peacefully. Other times when I'm eating at the table he just kind of whines which he is slowly getting better about but not always! Would love to know if anyone else has had this or something similar happen and would appreciate any advice! Especially with the holidays coming around the corner I want to try to nip this in the bud so it doesn't become an issue. Thanks everybody!!!

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    Our babies tend to ruff- house a little "extra" while we are eating- so we started just putting them in their crate with a toy while we eat. Just say "go to bed", they waddle right in, wait for their treat then start chewing in their toy. In the beginning Lockjaw barked, but now they are both pretty content until we are done. BUT- mine are still puppies at 5 1/2 months and we JUST recently started to allow them on the couch.
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    My dogs, Jack, Winnie, and now Gus sit beside me on the couch when I eat there. I give them little bites every once in a while, but they wait for them and they wait their turns. It's awful, I know. All my dogs have always done this. Advantage is they learn to share food. Sometimes they lick the bowl or plate when I'm finished--all 3 at the same time! We have pop corn parties sometimes--it's one of their favorite things!

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    This is an issue w/Wally… part of the problem is that my kids insist on snacking on the couch and it drives me insane. I need to work on Wally pronto… Lol

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    I don't give my dogs handouts when I am eating-so they don't even think of it. When my husband was here,he gave them handouts,while we were eating, and they all sat around his chair, but never around mine! BUT if I drop a pin(example) in the kitchen,they come running! Good hearing when they want to.
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    either crate him when you are eating or teach/train to be in another room ............ I am horrible with this as I share my meals (at the end) with the pups so they lay by my feet when I am eating. My b/f does not share at all, so the pups do not even acknowledge that he is eating
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manydogs View Post
    I don't give my dogs handouts when I am eating-so they don't even think of it. When my husband was here,he gave them handouts,while we were eating, and they all sat around his chair, but never around mine! BUT if I drop a pin(example) in the kitchen,they come running! Good hearing when they want to.
    Just the opposite with us. Roy doesn't feed them and they leave him alone. I give them bites and they all crowd around me--guess you could call that "buying love!"

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    If I didn't have food, mine would spit on me and hitchhike outta' here! So much for love!
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    Rosie is learning (13 weeks old ) on this topic
    All of the other hoards get one little tiny taste , now this is on the couch , they are not aloud in the dinning room when we eat, looks like a wall of dogs there at the door but tough .
    If i am on the couch or The Prettyone and say were having chips and chip dip , they all get one chip NO dip , and that's it and once a day not that we sit on the couch multiple times a day eating chips and dip at different times of said Day . All the older dogs at this point go away and do there stuff , No one is on the couch during this time not aloud , there on the floor sitting slobbering all over the front of the couch that's another story !
    If one of My dogs jumped on the couch and stole the whole bag of chips and took off not cool and POOP would hit the fan , there pretty good that has never occurred tho, but we have a one chip or what ever policy .
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    I'm pretty lucky here Ftse is not food orientated so I can leave a pizza round and he would not touch it not that I do but my husband is always snacking and leaving bags of chips, lollies etc on the coffee table which is where Ftse lays and he never touches them, but I would probably teach him by crating him when he does that and he should soon catch on its a no no

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    Part of my problem is that I don't crate him at home, I close off my bedrooms and bathroom but he pretty much has free roam of the kitchen and living room, he has two dog beds one in the living room and one in my bedroom maybe I could try getting him to stay in that while we're eating. He hasn't quite mastered the stay command to my liking-it's very much dependent on if I have a treat or if he's in the mood to do it!!

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    he is only young thou isn't he? Ftse is 4 in two weeks and he free roam too

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