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Maybe it depends on your tolerances, too. My Hav is enormously food motivated so he “gazes” at me while I’m eating. It does have a hopeful feeling about it, but he just lays until he’s bored. When we have dinner as a family, most of the time he will sniff around the kitchen to see if he can find something and then flop himself down near us. Usually we feed him at the same time and sometimes he will take a minute to check out the competition but then he’ll go eat his own food.
However, my husband does BBQ and smoke meat frequently, and sometimes it’s too much for our dog to handle. He’ll lay by the patio door throughout the day because he can smell what’s cooking, and follow my husband when he’s in and out. At dinner, after a long day of anticipation, he’ll sit near the table and try to show everyone “sit,” and “lay,” over and over. If he whimpers, which he does on rare occasions when BBQ is involved but ALWAYS when we have ribs, we ignore him and move him to the sofa in the next room and he stops. The times he has managed to get into the trash can or climb up on the table have all involved ribs so we are extra careful and take everything to the outside trash right after dinner. My husband has a few lean pieces of unseasoned meat but he gets them after dinner when he’s being really good.