Who wants to eat a delicious meal, with their dog sitting right next to them drooling, wishing that today is the day you’ll accidentally drop a piece of your food.
Why They Do It
You may think it’s in their nature. Eh, wrong!
It’s not natural for dogs to beg from their pack leaders. Begging’s something they learn throughout their lives. Either a previous owner, or someone in your family has taught your dog that when he begs for food, he gets a reward.
Prevent Begging From Ever Being An Issue
If you have a puppy that you are working on training right now, you should develop a routine with him or her.
Every time you sit down for a meal you should either crate your dog or put him/her in another room.
How to Stop Begging That’s Already Started
If you’re reading this post, it’s probably too late to prevent your dog from begging. You’re looking for a fix! And unfortunately you have a lot of work ahead of you. And you must be persistent in your efforts.
Tips to Prevent Begging
1. Crate your dog during meal times
2. Feed your dog at the same time you eat dinner. This will keep him preoccupied with his dinner, so he can’t ruin yours. J If you’re not able to do this, give him a toy or something else that will keep him distracted!
3. If your dog tries to come near you while you’re eating, tell him to go lay down, go to his crate, or leave the room.
4. Make sure everyone in the family is on board. It only takes one delinquent to ruin your training regimen.
5. Never give in to begging – Ever.
Remember, Boston terriers can be very stubborn, but you’re just going to out-stubborn your little one! And don’t be surprised if your dog’s behavior gets worse before it gets better. Your dog expects to get food from you when he begs, so when this pattern stops all of a sudden, he may grow even more persistent. Not to worry though, your dog will eventually give up.
Reminder: Punishment is never appropriate. Dogs don’t understand why they are being punished and he’ll end up being confused, which may cause him to act out.
Words Of Wisdom:
Always be the boss. You are the pack leader, and you need to stay in control of the situation. Your dog will love and appreciate you for it.