Keeping Your Dog From Begging for Food

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Dogs beg for food because it works. Your dog begs and you give him food. Thus the first step in keeping your dog from begging for food is to stop giving him food when he begs. Make sure that all family members stop responding to the begging consistently. Insist your dog sits or lies down when you are eating so he is well below the level of your table. You may need to put him on the other side of the room or even anther room while you are eating. Consider feeding your dog his food from his bowl while he is eating so he gets to eat without the begging. Praise and reward your dog when you get through a meal without the begging. Be patient and kind while your dog is learning. Never punish him for begging. For more information, contact your Riverside County, CA veterinarian.

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