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In Oprah's house, dinner doesn't begin until the dogs have shown her that they have impeccable table manners! "We're not allowed to come running into the room until we sit and we ask for it," Oprah says.

When it's time for dinner—usually rice, carrots and beef—Oprah first has each dog sit. Then, Oprah says "wait" as they remain seated and they show her their good manners. "Sitting down is like saying, 'Please, may I eat?'" Oprah says. Finally, the dogs each find their own bowls and chow down!

"I believe give as much love as you want as long as you have boundaries," Tamar says. "I want a dog to look at the owner and say, 'How did I get so lucky?' Because the owner is demanding respect."
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Published on January 01, 2006

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