How To Stop Your Dog From Begging


I’m no stranger to being surrounded by a pack of dogs gazing at me with that overwhelmingly adorable yet pathetic stare that pooches tend to display either at the dinner table or any time a morsel of food should appear. It’s important to keep in mind that even if a dog is not jumping and whining, that loving stare is considered “begging.”

Begging is a learned behavior which is usually unconsciously reinforced. Many of us see our pets as members of the family, so it’s extremely natural for us to want to share with them. Although it gets annoying to have a pet begging at the dinner table, we have a tendency to block it out and let it continue. One minute we might yell, “Stop begging!” at the guilty dog, but the next minute we feel bad and feed him something. This is exactly where the problem begins.