Dog Begging Behavior
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usually beg for two main things: food and your attention. Your dogís
begging behavior may involve him staring at you, sitting in front of you,
pawing you, hitting you with his nose, and whimpering or barking to
get what he wants.
Dog begging behavior can be
extremely annoying and it definitely classifies as bad dog manners.
A dog who begs from you will indiscriminately beg from others. This
could involve embarrassing situations where your dog attempts to beg
from visitors to your home and even strangers on the street.
Dog Begging Behavior for Food
any time youíve settled down to eat and your dog sees this as a
chance to eat too, so he begins begging for your food. For example,
you sit down on the couch to watch a movie with a nice bowl of
popcorn in your lap. As soon as you reach for your first handful,
you feel a wet nose on your knee.
Your dog is giving
you the full treatment with his puppy dog eyes, and he even lifts
his paw to put it on the couch. This is a classic situation of food
Attention Begging Behavior in Dogs
happens when youíre paying attention to something other than your
dog and he tries to refocus your attention on him. This can be when
youíre paying attention to something or someone. Your dog wants to
be the center of attention and doesnít understand why youíd want to
pay attention to anything or anyone other than him. You sit down to
check your email on the computer and your dog sits next to you and
begins to whine. This is attention begging behavior.
About Dog Begging Behavior
itís time to face facts, the truth is that whether your dog begs for
food or attention, he begs because someone (probably you!) taught
your dog that begging behavior gets rewarded. If youíve ever been around
a dog that has never ever been fed from the table, youíll see that
when people sit down for a meal, the dog has little interest in
whatís going on and he doesnít approach the table hoping to get some
scraps of food.
The only dogs that
donít beg are those who have been taught that begging behavior just
doesnít work. But donít worry if you or someone else has taught your
dog to beg. The saving grace is that if your dog begs for attention
or food or both, you can easily break him of this habit.
When you are
training your dog not to beg, make sure your entire household is on
board. Because your dog learns to beg by someone indulging his
begging behavior, everyone who comes in contact with your dog must
resolve to help him stop begging. If your dog lives with several
people, all family members or roommates must resist rewarding
begging behavior or your dog wonít ever be cured.
When your dog
begins to beg for attention or food, simply do not comply with his
request. If you stop indulging your dog when he begs, he will learn
that the behavior is useless and he will stop begging.
Methods to Stop Dog Begging
When you train your
dog to stop begging behavior for food or attention, use the following methods:
Part One: Stop Dog
Begging for Food
collected your food and begin to eat, you will ignore your dogís
begging behavior by never giving him any food from your plate
whatsoever. This includes not letting your dog lick your plate when
youíre through eating.
Feeding your dog
from the table can be a hard habit to break, but when you stop
feeding your dog from your plate, he will beg less and less until he
completely gives up. You must be consistent in never giving your dog
any food from your plate. If you feel tempted, know this - as soon
as you give your dog so much as a little crust of bread from your
plate, youíll reinforce his old begging behavior instantly and
youíll have to go back to square one.
Another helpful way
to curb food begging is to get your dog interested in something else
while you are eating. A great way to do this is to feed your dog or
give your dog a bone at the same time youíre eating your meals. This
way, your dog wonít have much time to beg from you and it takes away
any feelings of guilt you may have about not sharing your food with
Part Two: Stop Dog
Begging for Attention
attention begging, whenever you are doing something without your
dog, you will ignore all of his attempts to get your attention. This
means that no matter what your dog does to grab your attention,
youíll continue what youíre doing without giving him what heís
desperately seeking. To ignore your dog, you will not speak to him,
make eye contact with him or touch him in any way.
Just like with food
begging, as soon as you do anything to give in to your dogís
begging, youíve again taught him that begging gets him what he
wants, so you must be consistent and not indulge your dog with
attention when he begs for it. Over time, your dog will learn that
begging for your attention is not a good way to get it and he will
begging can be tougher for you to put a stop to because you may have
existing feelings about your dog begging for attention and those can
get in your way of being effective. You may feel guilty at times for
not giving your dog attention and you may also think that itís kind
of cute for your dog to beg for your attention. Try to overcome
these feelings by giving your dog plenty of quality time every day
and then stick to the method when you need to give attention to
something or someone other than your dog.