Q. My Cavalier King Charles female always barks at her full bowl of food before she will eat it, not once but for about five minutes. It drives me crazy
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM
A. This will require some behavior modifications. I would try to correct her when she barks with a firm "no, quiet", and then removing her food bowl until she is quiet. I would repeat this until she is quiet when you place the food bowl. Another thing you could try is to switch her food to something that would be more engaging such as a food puzzle bowl, or letting her forage i.e. placing food around the house so she has to work for it. I am happy to consult in more detail if you would like.