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How to Stop Your Dog from Begging at the Table

By banning table begging, you’ll enjoy meals more and do your dog a favor.


  • Step 1: Ignore begging dog Ignore your dog when they beg at the table. Interacting in any way, even to scold, merely reinforces the behavior.
  • Step 2: Feed dog during family mealtimes Feed your dog when you sit down to eat. This will occupy them and distract them from your meal.
  • TIP: Take your dog on a long walk before dinner. Tired dogs have less energy to beg.
  • Step 3: Be consistent Be consistent in ignoring your dog's overtures. Making even one exception can negate any positive habits your training may have initiated.
  • Step 4: Stay firm If your dog tests you by increasing the intensity of their whining, stay firm in ignoring them.
  • Step 5: Continue the training Continue to ignore your dog's begging from meal to meal. Don’t sneak your dog a treat. After several weeks, your dog will stop begging at the table.
  • TIP: You may find it helpful to crate your dog or put them in another room while you eat.
  • Step 6: Enjoy quiet meals Enjoy a meal free of whining and begging. Your persistence will pay off.
  • FACT: Did you know? Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their noses – 40 times more than humans do.

You Will Need

  • A dog
  • Patience
  • Consistency
  • Dog crate

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