Originally Posted by corbinam
My dogs are the same. That doesn't stop them from staring at me when it gets close to 5:30. Or barking at me when I move towards the laundry room. It's only when they're asked to sit or down and wait that they shut their mouths!
I was going to also suggest to the orignal poster that it might also be a good time to work on using a toy or ball as a reward. I didn't realize it before, but teaching a dog that a toy can be a reward (not just a play thing) can be super helpful!
Olive has a blue rubber ball that is her ultimate prize. I tried using that, and various other toys, as a reward but the problem was she would immediately put all of her focus on the ball. It took an extremely long time to get her focus back on me. Even if I took away the ball, she would know where it was and focus on that spot (in a pocket, under a rug, in a drawer, in a closet upstairs). Olive tends towards OCD-type behavior with a few things, including locking on to her ball toy, shadows, lights, so I'm trying to avoid involving anything related to those behaviors into her training routines.