We all our furry friends and having them be a part of our lives. However, there’s one thing that your dog might do that may drive you crazy — begging for food at the table. A dog who begs can be a nuisance while your family eats at the table, and it can make mealtime unpleasant for both you and any guests you invite into your home.
If you want to make sure your dog stops begging at the table so that meal times are more enjoyable, there are some steps you can take. By keeping these helpful tips in mind, you can ensure that both you and your pooch enjoy meals while you’re at the table, so that everyone feels happy, loved and content.
Stop Feeding Your Dog from the Table
You should never feed your dog human food from the table. However, if you’ve done it before — stop now. Feeding your dog from the table teaches him that he’s entitled to the food you’re eating, so it would make sense he would beg for it during meal time.
Give Your Dog His Meal in a Dish at the Same Time
You can make a specific time dinner time for everyone in the house but just make sure you give your dog his own food in his own bowl relatively far away from your dinner table. This can teach your dog that mealtime is mealtime but that his mealtime happens somewhere other than where his humans’ mealtime happens.
Distract Your Dog with a Toy or Treat
If your dog only eats once a day (or not at your dinnertime), try distracting your dog with a new toy or treat. Let him to a very comfortable bed across the room from the dinner table, and offer him a toy that has treats or food in it — like a Kong. This will distract your dog and give him something delicious while you enjoy what you’re eating. If you’re not sure about what toys or treats to give your dog to keep him busy, consult with your vet during a regular visit for a treatment like NexGard (which can keep fleas and ticks at bay). Check this site out if you would like to learn more information for how to keep fleas away from your dog.
Training a dog who is used to begging at the table can take time. However, if you are patient with your pup, there’s a good chance he can unlearn his bad habit. Get ready for several meals where you may have to continuously tell your dog to go to his crate or place, or when you have to stop eating, walk him away from the table, and tell him to stay. When training a dog to break bad habits – practice makes perfect. And, if you need extra help, you can always consult a dog behaviorist, who is someone trained in helping improve the behavior of peoples’ dogs in their home.
Dogs begging at the table can be annoying, but luckily there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your dog stops begging and stats behaving more politely. By getting your dog to stick to his food and leave you alone while you eat yours, you can ensure a relationship that is healthier or more positive on both sides.
Lannie, writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online.