If you really want to stop your dog from begging for food, you're going to have to learn to ignore his begging whenever food is available.
It is no wonder that a dog begs; it is because they want food as soon as you have food nearby or as soon as you enter the kitchen.
Begging is not disrespectful or strange to your puppy; it is instinctive, and reversing the behaviour requires a great deal of consistency if we have been reinforcing it.
This "attitude" of begging dates all the way back to the dog's descendants. This became instinctive for wolves over time, which was passed on to dogs through their DNA.
Our dogs are hardwired to pursue ways to obtain food from us, and since they are perceptive, they soon learn that begging results in payoffs when we respond to all of the signals over which they have mastered.
It is one of the most popular pet owner complaints, but there is hope. You can keep your pet dog away from your food while you eat; what you need is persistence.
- How Can I Discourage My Dog's Begging?
The first step in training your dog not to beg is for you to make a commitment to yourself to avoid submitting. Each time you give a treat from the table to your puppy, you are showing them that begging is a successful behaviour. It does not succeed every time, but our dogs have outstanding memories; they would continue trying if they discovered it worked previously.
When we look at them, dogs beg more; they know it works. Those puppy dog eyes and all the barking are extremely effective for all of us.
If you want your dog to stop begging, you must avoid sending him mixed signals. It is unreasonable to expect our puppies to behave well if we ourselves are inconsistent.
The most difficult part is generally training ourselves to be consistent; the rest is reasonably easy. Here are three approaches that will undoubtedly assist you in preventing your dog from begging.
Ignore The Dog's Begging
Avoid looking at your dog as he begs. Simply ignore him.
When your dog begins his routine of begging for food, you must completely disregard the destructive behaviour. If he receives a scrap from you only once, he knows that his time and effort will likely pay off the next time.
When he begs, you may feel sorry for him and give him a morsel if you look into those large eyes. Almost any attention you offer him when he is begging could convince him that you are on the verge of giving him some food, considering how well it has previously worked.
He will almost certainly fuss and resist if he is a prolific beggar, so you will have to learn to ignore it. Your pet dog should finally realise that "hey, I'm not sure that's going to work anymore."
Associating food with love is a mistake. Your puppy is most emphatically not hungry. Each morning and evening, you provide him with excellent nutrition. Over 50% of American dogs are generally overweight; your puppy does not require any additional items. If you continue to feel bad, bear in mind that he is manipulating you.
Pet dogs have evolved to have large sad eyes and fuzzy ears solely to entice you into caring for them. They've developed more puppy-like characteristics and mostly exhibit more of the characteristics of wolf puppies rather than adult wolves.
2- Restrict Your Dog's Access to the Dinner Table
One of the simplest ways to stop your child from begging is to discourage the action early on. This can be accomplished by keeping your beloved dog away from the dinner table.
You can either train your dog to lie down away from where you're eating or use a baby gate to keep them in a separate location. If your dog is already a beggar, bear in mind that his conduct will most likely remain resistant for a period of time before improving, but consistency will eventually pay off.
Allow your dog to lie down in his bed or a designated area you've designated for him, praise him upon his arrival, and provide him with some treats in this area. Depending on his stay order, you will need to work at this for a while before he consistently stays in his new place.
After you've eaten, pay him a visit and lavish him with praise and treats. Inform him that sitting steadily while family members eat is precisely what will produce the desired reward.
If you think your puppy would be unable to stay for an extended period of time or if you lack a good stay order, you can choose to separate him with a barricade such as a baby gate, which is a very common choice.
3- Distract His Attention While You Eat
Provide an alternate activity for your pet dog to focus on as you feed. If you do not want your dog to be totally away from you when you feed, you can divert his attention to any of his own food, toys, or treats. Offer him one of his popular bully sticks or a Kong stuffed with peanut butter.
Ignore him if he rises from his treat and begins to beg. He would almost certainly continue to do so for a while if he is used to begging. As long as you do not give in and feed him from the table, he will soon realise that his begging skills are no longer useful.
If you're persistent and persistent, begging can be a relatively fast and simple method. All that is needed is commitment and consistency. You must engage every member of the household; if any member refuses to cooperate and gives up, you will almost certainly fail.
You cannot surrender, regardless of how cute your puppy is or what sounds he makes; doing so will return you to square one.