If you sit down to dinner and your dog tries to get in on the action, you're not alone. It's hard to resist sharing your meal with your dog when he looks up at you with those eyes, but begging at the table can quickly become a problem.
To help owners teach their dog to kick the bad habit, the American Kennel Club offers the following tips how to stop begging at the table before it becomes a nuisance.
- Be consistent. Do not give in when your dog begs you. You need to ignore the begging all the time, and make sure friends and family members do the same. Consistency is the key to changing your dog's behavior.
- Feed your dog before yourself. You should feed your dog before you sit down to eat. That way, your dog won't be hungry and will be more likely to settle down.
- Teach basic skills. Another way to manage your dog during mealtimes is to teach basic skills such as a reliable down-stay. This alternative behavior can be used to deter begging.
- Reward good behavior. Don't forget to reward your dog for a job well done. If he has been well-behaved throughout the meal, then take that one last bite of meat and put it in his dish - not directly into his mouth from the table. Your dog will learn this routine and might start to wait by his dish for a treat.
For more tips on dog ownership, visit the AKC at www.akc.org.(c)2020 American Kennel Club, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.