How to Stop Dog Begging at Last! 

How to Stop Dog Begging at Last! 

Have you ever sat down for dinner after a long day only to discover your dog begging for your food?  Begging can be an annoying act that some of our dogs get used to.  This sort of behavior is challenging to stop, especially if your dog has done it for quite some time!  The goal of this article is to teach you reasons why your dog may be begging and how to prevent it in the first place.

Why do dogs beg?  See some of the reasons below:

  • Begging may be a sign of poor manners.
  • Dogs may beg because it is what they are used to doing, especially if they started doing it as a puppy
  • Your dog may be hungry because they are not receiving enough food and/or nutrients.
  • Your meal may smell great, and your dog is curious about how it would taste.
  • Your dog may be experiencing anxiety.

The best way to prevent begging is to teach your dog that the behavior is unacceptable.  The best thing that you can do as a dog owner is not allowing your dog to have human food or scraps.  It may be tempting to treat your dog from time to time, but you never want them to get used to this.  This is the most common way that dogs become beggars.

Below are some tips on how to stop dog begging:

  • Place your dog in a separate room or crate when you are enjoying your meal.
  • Schedule your dog’s meal times to coincide with yours.  Your dog will be less likely to beg if they are full or occupied with their own meal.
  • Do not yell at your dog if they beg.  Instead, redirect the behavior and reward the desired results.

Begging can be a bothersome behavior, but there are many tips which you can try to get your dog out of the habit.  By doing so, you will be able to enjoy your meals much more in the long run!