While we love our dogs and cherish their companionship and company, we certainly don’t want them begging at the dinner table. It’s not an unusual habit. In fact, for thousands, if not millions of Pet parents, begging has become a habit that is tolerated, ignored and in some cases, even unintentionally encouraged. Here are some tips for preventing or eliminating these unwanted traits:
- First and foremost, don’t give in to the begging. A begging dog that is rewarded with a treat or table scraps learns that there is a value in this behavior. By giving into the whining and begging, you are not showing your Pet affection; you are teaching him/her that unwanted behaviors can lead to welcome pay-offs!
- Ignore it! Begging and whining are attention-seeking behaviors. Even if you don’t give in by feeding the Pet, providing any form of attention could encourage him/her to continue and repeat the behavior in the future. Just remember, you feed your dog; he’s not starving!
- The key to effective Pet training is always be consistent! Remember, ignoring your Pet’s unwanted behavior 6 days a week doesn’t matter if you toss her a scrap on the 7th day.
- It’s never too late! If your Pet has never had a problem with begging, that’s probably because you’ve never encouraged or rewarded the behavior. However, if your Pet has already developed a habit of sitting at your feet and pawing or whining at meal times, there is still hope! Stop encouraging the behavior now. It may take time but eventually, you will see results.
Training is not easy. Especially if your starting late in the game with an adult dog who is already set in their ways. But Hannah is here to help! Our team of professional behaviorists and trainers provide classes for adults and puppies and are available for one-on-one consultations to address members’ concerns and questions. Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program provides members with, not only lifetime behavioral support, but also Pet food deliverer right to your door and all-inclusive veterinary care!
To learn more about Hannah’s TLC program or to talk to a counselor about how to choose the right Pet for you, visit our Placement Centers at Washington Square Mall or Clackamas Town Center.