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Ask the Trainer: How to Stop Your Dog From Begging for Food

By Steve Reid

"Are you gonna eat all that?"
“Are you gonna eat all that?”

Begging for food is a common struggle for many dog owners. Families typically just tolerate it on a daily basis, but then get up in arms and embarrassed when their dog begs on holidays when company is visiting. If this sounds like you, start training your dog now. That way when Thanksgiving and the holiday season arrives, you have properly trained your dog.

Begging for food is a habit YOU created and your dog is responding to. At some point (probably more frequently then you want to admit), you gave your dog table scraps when eating. There are two ways you can solve this:

  1. Eliminate All Reinforcement – From this point forward, if your dog begs for food, do not give them any. Completely cut your dog off from all “snacks” and they will quickly learn that begging no longer works.

Don’t be guilty of saying, “I will only give a snack this one time”. In order for an unwanted behavior to go extinct, you need to eliminate all reinforcement. You cannot periodically reward and expect your dog to understand – mixed signals are unfair.

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