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My 7 year old pug, Chester, has always been obsessed with food, but since switching to raw three weeks ago, he's become downright impossible to deal with at mealtimes.
He runs in circles and nips my feet while I walk. He barks and occasionally runs into things or other animals as he circles me on our walk to the kitchen.
Since I feed him outside, he's taken to begging to go out at all times of the day and then when I don't bring him food, he jumps at the back door repeatedly, which is inflames the arthritis in his toes. They're all swollen and then he licks them all night.
I've tried being a tree probably five times, but I'm the one who gives up after literally five minutes of standing still. He just does not relent. He has to sit and wait for his meal, I don't just hand it to him.
I'm hesitant to switch him to once a day feedings because of how obnoxious he is when he's expecting his food. I try to sit and wait for him to relax and forget he's hungry before I feed him. But as soon as I stand up and walk to the fridge, he's back to being nippy and wound up.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to calm my little ravenous beast?
 

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Dog are opportunist there gonna take what they can ! You give an inch they'll take a foot. Going to agree with above be more persistent in training! How proofed is obedience commands "cues, signals". You say dog sits for food before he eats ? Does he stay until you release him? You need to teach him impulse control with obedience especially stays. You have control over everything in dogs environment let dog work for it :)
 

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Just be more persistent than the dog. All you've taught him is that if he continues to act obnoxious for 5 minutes, he'll get what he wants. Plus, it would take more than 5 tries, anyway. I would also start retraining sit and stay. If he's sitting, he's not jumping around.

As for the arthritis, have you seen the vet? There are treatments for arthritis that could at least make him more comfortable.
 

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Thanks for the input, everyone. I've been very firm with him and it's been paying off. When he was fed kibble, I would make him lie down and stay until I counted to three. When I started his new diet, I stopped for some reason. So we're back to doing that again.
As for the running and nipping, I haven't gotten that to a managable point just yet. Basically, I take a step, he jumps up, I stop and make him lie down again and repeat. And he still jumps full force against the screen door when I let him out to potty in the mornings. Not sure what to do about that.
We're trying clicker training right now. I never really used it after his obedience classes when I got him four years ago. But I have "Click to Calm" coming in the mail any day, so we're basically starting from square one with obedience.
And amaryllis, I'm not sure it's true arthritis. It's joint inflammation from putting excessive stress on his feet. He used to jump full speed off our tall bed, so we removed the bed frame and the issue went away.
 

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congrats your on the right track :) training is life long!

as for the door not to sure if you mean dog just jumps at door when he wants to go out or when you tell dog outside he gets excited and lunges at door.....Try and teach sit before he goes out just like before eating....has to sit before the door opens then you release noting else....in a few days dog will sit when its time to go out and wait to be released....Be consisent....again in little steps you might touch door handle and dog is going to jump out of sit :)

as for the jumping and nipping "i beleive this is when your walking around" sounds like dog is getting over aroused and wants to play but doesn't know how to get your attention or ask ! you can keep trying the sit or downs....but you can also redirect dog to get a toy....Just teach get the toy and every situation where dog usully does the nipping and biting "get the toy" after awhile like when you come home or dog gets excited he will run get a toy and bring it to you in his mouth and do the excitement body wiggle then you decide if you want to play or not....

keep reading asking questions you would build your toolbox and you keep trying things until you see them work ....Dog is usaully learning when you see a behavior change :) "learning and motivation kinda go hand and hand" so whatever motivates your dog can be used to teach new behaviors.......


good luck
 

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Thanks for the help, Volito!
The problem, though, is that he's jumping at the door after I let him out because he's expecting his breakfast. This wasn't a problem until I started feeding him out there, but I was tired of cleaning my kitchen floor after each meal. He would swallow too much, pace around while he was choking and puke up a pile of meat goo on the floor. More than twice per meal. Haha. So he started eating outside and that's when the issues started getting worse.
And the running and nipping is a rude way of telling me he's hungry and wants food now. It has nothing to do with play. He doesn't instigate play too often. When he does, he takes his little beanbag ball and chews it while pressing it against my leg. He's not play driven. Food takes up too much space in his brain.

Here's a video I just uploaded from about 9 months ago. Now I see the error in that I shouldn't have ignored the circling and fed him anyway. I let it slide then and it's worse now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5muBzN_LlU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

This morning, I made him down/stay on the couch while I went in the kitchen and got his food. He had one slip up, but waited until I had the door open and said ok. Then he had to sit while I clipped on his tie out and lie down, as I dropped the meat on the ground.
Still slamming on the back door for breakfast, though. He had to wait ten minutes after letting him in before breakfast. But the longer I wait to feed him, the more hungry and agitated he gets.
 

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Ok have you tried the bowls that are made to slow down fast eaters?
I watched the video and see how motivated about food! with that much motivation you can probably get the little on to do anything! Be persistant on the behaviors you want .... when your walking to feed have dog go to palce before "bed , mat" have dog wait there until food is ready and you release "teach place and sit there until you get things ready" ..... also outside teach to sit calm by door before you open it NO jumping work in steps......Motivation and learning go hand and hand you have a motivated dog for food use it to install the behaviors you want.....Sits , downs, stays, waits.....Keep at it! it'll work....Lovely dog :)
 

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Our dog is also highly motivated by food, and has got much worse as he has got older. We used to use plastic cups in his bowl to stop him inhaling the food, however decided to try one of the specialised bowls and it is working very well - it's the Hagen Dogit Go Slow Anti-Gulping Dog Bowl if you want to try it.
 

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Change up the routine if you can. Instead of putting his food outside where he can find it quickly, put him in a bedroom out of sight, then put the food out in the yard but 'hidden'. Then come back, get him and make him sit at the door, let him out and then he can go hunt it down. Or take him out the front door on leash, around to the back yard.

Another thing to do is to get him a big, meaty bone to work on - that might be a chicken or turkey frame (the back with all the meat/skin and the breastbone still on but the rest of the good cuts gone), a beef neck bone or even a section of pork rib, and let him go to town. Something that he can't possibly gulp down but has to think about 'how' to eat.

Glad he's liking the new diet!
 
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