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The whimpering, whining, and yelping exhibited by dogs when they are begging for "munches" or attention can be annoying and disrupt a meal or snack. While begging can be a sign of hunger, more often than not your dog begs because he has been taught that such behavior will be rewarded by his owner.

Why Begging occurs
  • Allowing your dog at the table - Never allow your dog to play under the table at mealtime. The smell of food is too tempting to your dog, and you will have a greater tendency to offer scraps.

  • Feeding scraps - Giving a dog scraps after a meal creates a sense of anticipation in your dog and will encourage begging.

  • Poor diet - Regularly scheduled meals consisting of a good dog food satisfy your dog's nutritional requirements. Follow the instructions on the label of any high quality dog food, or discuss a proper diet for your dog with your veterinarian.

Proper Training Technique
Begging, compared to other undesirable behaviors, is relatively easy to correct, and the training should begin at an early age.

Immediately establish a single location and a regular schedule for your dog's meals. As difficult as it may be never feed him table scraps, and make sure you are providing him with a balanced diet and lots of love and affection.

Correction should take place when your dog's begging is at its peak to insure that he understands the behavior you are correcting. Several tools may be used: a shy dog will likely respond to a gentle no, and/or the rattling of a shake can or a squirt bottle. A more stubborn dog may require a firm no and a corrective jerk. Offer verbal praise to your dog when he obeys you.


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