Originally Posted by lulu'smom
Thanks so much everyone for your answers!! I gave her a tiny snack right at bedtime last night, and she was fine all night. I am going to do that for a while and watch her weight.
Sounds like a great plan! And remember that our dogs are master manipulators.... if she wakes up early and fusses maybe try telling her to SHUSH and don't get up and feed her right away. If you do, you are rewarding that behavior of fussing.
Just thought I'd throw that out there.
My moms dogs have her and my dad so trained. They start fussing about an hour before they are fed and so now they are feeding them earlier and earlier. It's become a real problem. Her dogs have learned that if they fuss, mom feeds them - so now they are waking her up at night, etc. And they are NOT needing to eat, they are both very overweight. So its not a matter of empty tummies in that case.