Ollie Changes The Rules

Last week, for the first time in eight years, Ollie started to refuse to eat his dinner at the usual time of 5 pm. Every day since the spring of 2012, he knew it was dinnertime around five, and would be ready and waiting to gulp it down.

But not anymore.

At first, we were worried that he might be unwell. But he still enjoyed his midday treat, and his late evening Bonio biscuit. After throwing away his dinner on three occasions, I decided to try something.

When we get back from his walk at around 3 pm, he often eats some of the dry pellets left over from the previous evening. The exercise and fresh air obviously gives him an appetite when he gets home.

So I gave him his dinner at 2:45 the next day, and he ate the lot as if he had never seen food before. So now he is fed as soon as we get back from his walk, and he has been eating everything.

By changing his behaviour, Ollie changed the rules to suit himself.

58 thoughts on “Ollie Changes The Rules

  1. Dogs are very clever. We usually take Dot out for her evening walk around 6:30. Now that it is getting darker earlier weยดve changed it to 5 or 5:30. The last few days she has insisted on going out at 4:30. She seems to be OK until the morning. I guess she doesnยดt want to be out in the dark. Glad Ollie is OK.

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    1. Thanks, Darlene. It usually takes Ollie about four days to get used to the clocks going back. The first couple of days he is expecting his walk one hour earlier, and getting agitated. Their internal clocks are better than our electronic ones. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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