By Nancy Cope
The first step in ending your dog’s begging is consistency.
Everyone in the family must know the new rules and must not give in to any begging. Any time you give in to begging you go two steps backwards and you reward begging behavior.
At first your dog will continue to beg, and finally, when he figures out it isn’t working, the real tantrum will begin. Be prepared for whining, howling, and crying of all sorts. He’ll do anything to get the food.
If you need to put your dog in a different room do so, but if you cave at this point it is a monstrous setback, and a reward to your dog for throwing a tantrum.
Feed him when you eat
Give your dog his own meal to concentrate on while you eat. He may not be interested at first, but as you continue to refuse to give him table scraps he will eventually be drawn to his food. This provides a healthy outlet for his eating desires, and distracts him while you and your family enjoy dinner.
Confine the dog to another room
If you have family members or small children who you know will give the dog food, confine him to a different area of the house during meal times.
This serves to avoid any conflicts in training, and also takes away your child’s easy vegetable disposal machine.
By putting an end to begging you’ll have happier meal times and a healthier dog to boot.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.