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Dogs beg for food because they know it's a way to get what they want. Which makes sense, right? They also counter surf because it's easy. Big puppy dog eyes begging at the dinner table can be cute at first, but once a dog learns begging behavior it can be difficult to get them to stop.
If you have a food stealing or dog begging problem, the positive reinforcement dog trainers in the Manners Channel on Dogly are here to help.
There are 3 guides in Food Manners to help train your dog not to beg or steal food, as well as strategies for preventing these behaviors in the first place. If you're ready to put an end to your dog's begging and food stealing, dive into an overview of each guide below so you can choose which training you want to get started with.
Food is super tempting. For both humans and dogs. If your dog tends to steal food, you're not alone. Dogs stealing food is a very common behavior problem, but it's also a behavior that can be changed with training.
This game can be a bit confusing so head over to the full guide for a video Dogly Training Advocate Tressa Fessenden-McKenzie has shared to show you how to do it. When you're ready, let's move on to the next guide in Food Manners to take the game you just learned and start generalizing it to real life situations.
If you haven't taught your dog the game in the previous guide yet, go back and do that now. If you have, and your dog is consistently giving you eye contact when shown a handful of dog food, you're ready to start generalizing this behavior to new situations and environments. Woohoo!
There you have it! You've built the foundation to stop your dog's begging and/or food stealing, transitioned it to real life situations, and are well on your way to having a dog you don't have to constantly worry about eating your next meal!
The almost-final piece to teaching your dog to stop begging is something called "stationing." If you don't know what that is, continue on to the overview of the next guide below. This is a game changer to help you stay strong against those puppy eyes and stop your dog from begging for food.
Dogs beg. It's a fact of life and not something you should ever feel guilty about or punish your dog for doing. You can though teach your dog begging for food doesn't give the reward they were hoping for but learning a behavior called "stationing" does.
You now know how to station your dog or puppy and stop the food begging for good. Once your pup knows begging doesn't work anymore but going to their "station" does, they will start racing to their "station" to be rewarded. Okay, racing may be an overstatement but at least you won't have eyes watching you from under the table anymore.
And that's it! If you've gone through all of the guides in Food Manners here on Dogly you now have a dog who doesn't beg or steal food and would rather be rewarded for going to his/her "station." Congrats! Enjoy your dinner time in peace without a dog begging at your feet.
Now that you've gotten through all of the Food Manners training guides, continue your training in the Manners Channel here on Dogly. The Dogly Training Advocates have created guides for you on Basic Manners, Public Manners, or even Travel Manners.
If you're looking for more tips to teach your dog to go to bed or mat, to stay, or not jump on people as they come in your home, check out the Manners Channel.
And if you have any questions, the Advocates are always happy to help. Ask them anything in the Community discussion or if you'd like more personalized help, you can choose who you'd like to work with you one-on-one.
You shouldn't go through stuff alone with your dog, so please reach out and we will try our best to help!
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