Q. Charlie is a black lab mix and is very healthy. He insists that someone stand by him when eating. If not, loud barking and crying . Ideas to stop?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. You could try desensitizing him to your standing there by slowly moving a little farther away each time he eats. You may be able to get a certain distance and then stop when the barking starts and just stay there. The next time, move further away again. After some time he may get used to you not being there and just eat. If the problem is very bad or you are unsure how to continue yourself, speaking with a trainer or behaviorist in your area that can come to the home and observe the behavior to offer tailored advice may be beneficial.