Dogs bring such a joy to a family and are so fun to play with. But sometimes their behavior may also embarrass the owners. One such kind of behavior is begging. Imagine you are enjoying a quiet meal at home with your family, or even with guests, and your dog decides to start whining until someone gives him some food, you'll most likely be very frustrated. This kind of irritating behavior can be annoying to you and your guests and shouldn't be tolerated. So it's important that you start correcting this annoying behavior right away with the following methods.
Don’t Feed Your Dog From the Table: If you are always nice to your dog when she comes to the table while you're eating, by giving her any treat, meaning you are rewarding her for coming to the table, and she will continue to come to the table for a reward. Dogs are very patient animals and once given a treat from the table, they will sit and wait until you give in and give them another one. That means you are reinforcing the behavior that you want to stop.
Switch His Attention While You Eat: Maybe you don’t want your dog to stay entirely separated from you while you eat you can redirect his attention to some food, toys, or treats of his own. You can give him some time-consuming treats when you are eating. Give him one of his favorite treat or toys; put some peanut butter in a Kong. Whatever toy gets his attention is what you’re going to use for his distraction. Pay no attention to him if he gets up from his treat to beg. He will perhaps do this for a short time if he’s used to begging and will soon learn that his begging skills aren’t going to pay off anymore.
Separate Your Dog from the Dinner Table: If you want your dog to be separated from you completely while you eat you can teach your dog to lie down in another room while you eat. Although his behavior is probably going to be quite challenging for a little bit before it gets better, but the consistency will eventually pay off. Depending on his stay command you might have to work at this for awhile before he’s consistently staying in his new spot. After eating and the table are cleared, praise him and give him treats. He will understand that sitting calmly while the family eats is what’s going to yield the best reward.
Keep a regular feeding schedule to your dog: Feed him his food the same time that your family eats. He will enjoy his own food without having concerned with yours. Avoid your eye contact with your dog while eating. If he doesn't listen simply leave him at outdoor and then allow him in once your family has cleared the table.
Avoid sharing snacks throughout the day with your dog: Your pet doesn't know the difference between you eating a snack or a meal. If you do some sharing, the behavior will always continue and your dog will beg knowing that there is more food and you will share with him.
Continue and enforce the policy of not feeding the dog from the table, along with following the above-stated dog tips. Before long, you will have a well-mannered dog you can be proud of and everyone will love to have around even at mealtimes.