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    DefaultTalk about Pavlovian conditioning! NLR

    Better here than in O&E, I think.

    What do you make of this? Tonight, for the first time ever (accidentally), I switched Megan's and Darwin's food bowls. I placed Meg's bowl of food in Darwin's place, she went over and snarfed down her meal. When he came to eat he seemed confused. I didn't realize at the time what I'd done and couldn't understand why she had gone to his place to eat! She ALWAYS waits to be fed last, in her assigned place. So I fed Dar in a totally different spot just so he could have his dinner.

    After all the guys finished eating, I came here. Then I heard Meg do her "You haven't fed me yet!" aroooooo from the kitchen. Awwwwwwwww! I went into the kitchen and there she was, in HER place waiting for HER OWN BOWL of food.

    Yes, I gave her a little sprinkle of food in HER bowl in HER place just to try to "un-confuse" her.

    Talk about conditioning!

    Seamus and Flynn

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    That's funny! They really are such creatures of habit. The boys don't have their own bowl...we have several sets of stainless that we rotate out daily, so no one is attached to any particular bowl. They do have their own special places to eat, though. Simon eats first by the refrigerator, and Angus eats on the other side of the room by the back door. I think if we tried to switch places on them it would create great confusion.

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    It is wild that they know their assigned places. When the routine is off a little, they just look at you like, "Mom, is there something wrong, or did you forget?"

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    Poor Miss Bossy Britches, Mum is trying to confuzzle her.
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    Well, to help eliminate any testiness or confusion tomorrow morning I put ALL the stainless steel dog bowls through the dishwasher after they had their dinners.

    They were due for that washing anyway, and so and so and so....


    Seamus and Flynn

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    Poor Miss Meg! My crew is the same way when I get distracted and mess up the dinner routine here!
    May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am

    Terri and Jazzy

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    Yes!

    Most of the time it works very well for us -- unless we upset the routine we've conditioned them to follow!

    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    My two lie on the floor watching me and then when Fanny sees the green beans being put in her bowl she comes over to my left side and Eddie goes to my right side, the bowls go down and they eat. Fanny has changed it up now and again which has confused Eddie but he doesn't take any time figuring the new rule out!

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