As pet owners, we all know the feeling of those pleading puppy-dog eyes staring up at us from beneath the dining table. Begging during mealtime can be an all-too-common issue, but with the right training and consistency, it’s a behavior that can be curbed. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you train your dog to resist the temptation of begging at the table.

Establish a designated spot:

Start by creating a designated spot for your dog to settle in during mealtimes, such as a comfortable bed or mat away from the dining area or their kennel. Encourage your dog to stay in this spot by using positive reinforcement, rewarding them with treats and praise when they remain there during meals.

Consistency is key:

It’s crucial to maintain consistency in your training approach. Reinforce the rule of not feeding your dog from the table, no matter how irresistible those puppy eyes may seem. Consistent reinforcement will help your furry friend understand that begging will not result in any rewards. Understand that if your dog gets food at the table you are rewarding their begging; when you reward a behavior it happens more often, especially if it means a piece of yummy steak from your plate!

Teach the “leave it” command:

Introduce the “leave it” command during training sessions to discourage your dog from approaching the table or attempting to grab food. Practice this command regularly, gradually increasing the level of distraction to reinforce their self-control.

Enrichment activities:

Keep your dog mentally stimulated during mealtime by providing them with interactive toys or puzzles filled with treats. This will redirect their attention away from the dining table and encourage independent play. You can hand them their puzzle toy on the designated place bed or in their kennel.

Positive reinforcement:

Always reward positive behavior with praise, treats, or affection. When your dog remains in their designated spot without begging, make sure to acknowledge and reward their good behavior. Positive reinforcement will reinforce the desired behavior and encourage your dog to continue obeying the rules.

By following these effective training techniques, you can successfully teach your dog to resist the temptation to beg at the table, creating a more peaceful and enjoyable dining experience for both you and your furry companion. With patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement, you’ll soon find yourself enjoying mealtimes without those longing puppy eyes gazing right up at you.

If you need help with any of the training for begging at the table, our trainers are happy to help you teach commands like place or leave it, or troubleshoot what you really need. 

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