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Kibble Inspector: A Privileged Post

One of the things I do as part of House Dog training with our foster dogs is to teach them to control their food frenzy.  The first step is done in the Kibble Treasury.

If the dog gets grabby or goes bucket diving, they get evicted and I’ll dish up kibble behind a closed door for a couple of days.  If they can reign in those urges, they get a sample.  When they master this, they get a special job to do.

Sometimes he gets dual inspectors:

We feed foster dogs in their crate at first.  As they learn to control themselves (so they won’t be shoving the others out of their bowls) they get to eat on a blanket outside of their crate, and eventually on their blanket around the dining table with Cochise, Blondie, and (now) Josephine.

They also learn to get chewies as a group activity.  Any growlies or grabbies and it’s back to their “room”.

Food training also includes lessons about NOT standing up to cruise the kitchen counters or the dining room table.  Four on the floor, sit on your blanket at the table and wait to be served, and no grabbing anyone else’s food if they are slower than you.  When they master those lessons, they get their gold star in food etiquette.

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2 comments on “Kibble Inspector: A Privileged Post

  1. Michael Wegner

    Ooooh, the old “kid in a candy store” trick, eh? I’d fail! Seriously though, that is a great idea! Not only will it help curb overeating, if the dog was malnourished, but will also teach him self-control. Dogs are like kids in that they want, perhaps NEED, to know where the boundaries are. Great idea!

    • Doug

      That’s the idea. If they ever hope to be fed outside of their crate they must learn some self control.

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