By banning table begging, you’ll enjoy meals more and do your dog a favor.
You will need
- A dog
- Dog crate
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.
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.
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.
Did You Know:
Did you know? Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their noses – 40 times more than humans do.