There they are again -- those sad eyes looking at you while you're trying to eat your dinner. How can you resist them? Resist them you must, or you'll end up with a dog that begs nonstop every time human food is around. Here are a few tips to help you get begging behavior under control.
Say "no" the first time he begs. Once Rufus understands that begging gets him food, things will get a bit more difficult. Did you already break down and give him food once or more? It's going to take a bit more time to convince him you won't do it again. Consistency is essential. Don't expect to give sometimes and decide it's not appropriate at other times. It's confusing and probably really annoying for the dog, who must be wondering what's going on in your head.
Ignore the barking, whining and other begging sounds coming out of Fido. Ignoring them means not even acknowledging they're there. Don't look at your dog, don't ask him to be quiet. This doesn't work with all dogs -- some might respond better at the "no/stop it" method -- but it might be ideal for dogs that aren't too persistent.
Feed Fido his dinner before you eat yours. You can't expect a hungry dog to wait around for half an hour or more while you eat all the yummy food. Your dog might beg anyway, even if he's not hungry, but the emptier his tummy is the more persistent his begging will be.
Create a diversion. Your dinner time could become the time he gets a chew stick or a Kong toy with some treats inside. It's still food, and it should be interesting enough to keep him away from your plate.
by Tammy Dray
About the Author
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.