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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Do you eat before or after your dog?

For breakfast in the summer he eats before the kids and I but during the school year he eats after. Usually at supper he eats after us. Does it really matter whether he eats before or after us?

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Re: Do you eat before or after your dog?

Our dogs always eat before us because it's more convenient for our schedules that way. No, for 99.9% of dogs it doesn't matter who eats first, unless you have the 1 dog in a million with enough dominance issues that he will read something into it, it's not an issue. And such dogs are very, very rare.


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Re: Do you eat before or after your dog?

The dogs eat before us at our house too. It hasn't caused any issues.

If you think the gesture of eating first is important (I think it's a useful thing to do for a while when the dog is young) then just eat a cracker over the dog's bowl before you hand it to him. Or just "pretend" to eat something from the bowl. Make some chomping noises and lick your lips. It's just a gesture anyway, so it doesn't have to be a whole meal. You're just communicating to the dog that the food belongs to YOU, but you will share it with him because you're such a benevolent leader.

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Re: Do you eat before or after your dog?

50/50 here, just depends on the situation. I know Tidus doesn't read anything into being fed first or last.
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they eat after us almost always, table begging and tricks are permitted


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Re: Do you eat before or after your dog?

Neat. We don't eat first because of dominance it just works out that way.

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Re: Do you eat before or after your dog?

They almost always eat before me. I don't think it matters.

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Re: Do you eat before or after your dog?

Since someone is always eating at our house it is hard to say.

No really, I have never worried about it. The dogs know they don't get anything off of our plates and I've never had a dog beg at the table.

When I get a new pup/dog I've always pretended to eat out of the dog bowl as Tracy suggested and then let the dog have the part I didn't want. Some dogs I would do it one time while some for several meals, but I really have never had an issue with any of my dogs questioning me about their food.

Now on a different note -- if for some reason my dogs and I had to miss a meal such as an emergency -- then of course I always made sure they were fed and watered before I grabbed mine.


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Re: Do you eat before or after your dog?

Jesse has never eaten before us. I don't care what time it is, he will always eat after me and has to lie down while I eat then he can eat, He is generally on a schedule - but weekends he goes off schedule and doesn't seem to suffer for it, as he gets 2 meals a day. I believe in the alpha roles, leader always eats first.

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Re: Do you eat before or after your dog?

I now have four dogs here, two unaltered males, and they all eat before me. It doesn't matter. As far as dominance, they all have to perform something for me before they eat, a sit or down. Then I call them by names and place the food next to them, or whatever spot in the room I want them to eat.

What does seem to matter is the order of who gets fed. The oldest dog gets fed first, no matter that he was not the first dog living here. He is more dominant. Then the two girls are fed last, usually the puppy in her crate.

That's most amount of dominance I show my dogs where food is concerned.


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