One of the most annoying things a pet can do is beg for food. Whether your pet simply stares at you while you eat, or whines loudly during dinnertime, it is virtually impossible to ignore a dog that begs. Here you’ll learn how to control begging before it gets out of hand.
A puppy that begs for food has developed the annoying habit from learned behavior. In other words, your puppy begs for food because it has worked for him in the past. Begging is not instinctive and your puppy won’t do it unless he knows there is a reason to do so. Pet owners won’t want to hear this next bit of information, but it is the truth. If your puppy begs for food it is your own fault. The harsh reality is, if your puppy had never been given human food he would not beg for it.
With that said, all hope is not lost. Humans make mistakes! Let’s forget about the past and move on with what you can do to control puppy begging.
How to control begging:
Feed yourself – Feed the dog
One way to control puppy begging is to distract your pet with food of his own. Just before you sit down to eat, fill your pet’s bowl so that he will be eating at the same time you are. With your puppy’s attention diverted, he will stay occupied while you eat. After he has finished eating, place your pet outside during the remainder of your meal.
Crate your pet during meals
Another way to control puppy begging is by crating them during mealtime. Remember, your pet should never be placed in a crate as a form of punishment, so do not wait until the begging begins before placing him in the crate. Before you sit down to eat, put puppy in the crate with a chew toy. If he whines or cries, ignore him. If he whines or cries excessively, cover the crate with a light towel or blanket to calm him down.
As with any other puppy training, consistency is the key to controlling your puppy’s begging. Do not change routine. If you allow puppy to beg just once, you will have set back any success that you have already made. Be consistent and do not give your puppy a chance to beg for food.
Don’t give in
Once you have been able control your puppy’s begging, don’t give in! For example, some pet owners can’t resist giving their dogs a bite of people food as a reward. Yes, puppies are cute so it’s hard to say no to them. But you’ll only be making the problem worse. Instead of rewarding your pet with people food, give him a small treat (away from the table) in the form of a bone, jerky or puppy cracker. Everyone wins when you learn how to control puppy begging.
Personal knowledge and experience