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Old October 31st, 2006, 10:40 AM
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Long lasting chew/treat

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I have a lab that I need a long lasting chew/treat for. The situation is...when we go over to Grandma and Grandpa's house for dinner once a week, she gets spoiled (what else are grandma and grandpa's for?). She gets her dinner at the same time that we do, but again she is a lab so it's gone in about 3 seconds. She will then go to them and beg at their plates. She never does this to my husband or I and NEVER does it at home. She doesn't really get things from them (once she stold the ends of pickles from my dad's leg - he doesn't eat them for some odd reason - and she gets carrots). So we started giving her a denta bones until her dentist yelled at me for all the fractured molars he sees with them (we were there for something else). So we switched to Alpo chews on his advice but she tries to swallow them whole. So we switched to Jumbone's. They take her a pretty long time to eat which is good because then she isn't licking the edges of plates. I don't like to give them to her and I don't think that they are agreeing with her 100% either.
My question, what long lasting chew or treat can I give her to last while we eat? She only gets it once a week at my parents house. We used to just put her on her blanket and do a down stay, but the grandparents wouldn't enforce it with me. Oh, and it's not an option for her to stay home and not go to their house...they love her more than they love me...
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Old October 31st, 2006, 10:50 AM
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the problem is giving her these treats is actually reinforcing her begging behavior. I think you'd be better off crating her while you eat. Collapsable crates (large enough for labs) are available at places like Petco or petsmart. (maybe even walmart). my mom has one, so when we visit for dinner & we bring our dog, we get out the travel-crate, pop it up, and viola... a contained dog during dinner. you can crate in the same room so she can still BE with the family, but not begging.

as for "long lasting chews" - let me know if you find one. I think the best long lasting chew is a real raw bone - at least these are the only things my dog doesn't rip through in 5 min. I wouldn't treat the dog to leave me alone during dinner though, I would simply crate, or keep the dog on-leash in a down-stay during the meal.

AFTER I am done w/ my meal, my dog gets fed... as a reward for being good while I ate.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 11:31 AM
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I'm with Jessi. Pup gets fed AFTER we eat and on my terms. No begging.

As for long chews, I use beef neck bones. Last for a good long time. Keep em in the freezer and they last even longer. And theyre not a weight bone so they grind away at the bone, wont damage teeth.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 01:20 PM
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My doggies don't eat around when I eat... They eat when they get up and before they go to bed. I eat whenever I please.

If your parents can't stop feeding her (I know what that's like), then maybe a kong with frozen things in it would help.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 01:36 PM
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i think it's grandma and grandpa that need to be trained

i too think it's a good idea all around to NOT reward your dog for begging at the table... the dog should not be in the same room as your are when you eat, period. even when you're visiting somewhere... your dog is smart and can behave i would put the dog in another room altogether and give a toy or two during "human dinnertime", and then doggie dinner comes after as a reward for being good. after a few times of this, it will get easier and easier for everyone. good luck!
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Old October 31st, 2006, 02:03 PM
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Yes Grandma and Grandpa REALLY need to be trained. We've had numerous talks about it. I've even taken my mom to training classes with me. But this is their only grandchild. I don't even want to think what will happen if/when we have human babies!!
This situation only happens at their house. At my house she has designated times that she eats and they aren't when we eat. She just knows how to play grandma and grandpa. She's got those droopy lab eyes and my mom starts lecturing me that she's hungry and needs food.
It really is a grandma and grandpa problem.
A kennel is pretty much out of the question at their house based on their set up, size of house and too much crap. But I can lock her in another room or outside.
Thanks for the suggestions.
I'd still be interested in learning if there really is a long lasting chew for her though that she won't eat the entire thing in less than 5 seconds.
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