Encouraging Your Dog to Stop Begging for Food


Dogs that beg for food often do so because it works. Your dog begs and you give him food. Thus the first step in encouraging your dog to stop begging for food is to stop rewarding him with food when he begs. Encourage all household members and guests to follow this same procedure. Insist your dog sits or lies down while you eat so he is well below the level of the food. You may need to move him to the other side of the room or even to another room if he whines too much. Consider giving your dog his food in his bowl while you are eating so he gets the comfort of food but without the begging part. Praise your dog when he makes it through a meal without begging. Be patient and kind while training and never use punishment. For more information, contact your Springdale, ON veterinarian.

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