Silas loves a good routine. He can usually figure these things out before I do, even–who gets up when, what time lunch is, when my husband comes home from work, what route we take through the park. Most dogs like routine, in fact, but it can be a bit of a double-edged sword.
We’ve been giving Silas a Kong around 5:30, when the neighborhood gets noisy. This is supposed to cut down on his barking. And it does, for the thirty minutes or so he has the Kong.
After four or five days, he came to expect the Kong.
After a week, he sits in his crate and cries if he doesn’t have it by 5:45.