How do I get my dog to stop begging for food?

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Markshark4200: How do I get my dog to stop begging for food when I am eating?
My dog is a pain. Whenver I am eating, he always jumps up to my legs and begs to have piece of whatever I am eating. If anyone is going to give me the answer of don’t feed him, don’t even bother asking because I tried that and it just doesn’t work.

If it helps:

My dog is male
He is a cockapoo (mix of cocker spaniel and poodle)
He weighs 20 LBS
He is about 2.5 ft long and 1.5 ft in height.

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Answer by walking lady RIP Tom
If you trained your dog in basic manners and obedience, that WILL work. If your dog’s in a down stay, he can’t jump on you, now can he? If you can’t train him, then confine him to another room.

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  1. Robert says

    Never feed him from the table. Have him go to his bed while you are eating. You must train him to go to his bed when you tell him to. If you don't know how there are many good books about basic training. If you don't have the patience or determination to do that, then you'll just have to live with the pain.

  2. Lakshmi D says

    I agree with Mary S's answer above. We own two dogs, one 5 year old and one 11 months old. We do NOT feed them any human food when we are eating.

    We feed them once in the morning, once in the evening (and always before we eat our dinner), they know the pattern.

    Some times when we eat, our 11 months old wants to smell what we are eating, we just say "it's mine" and "sit down", she gives it up eventually and rests at our feet.

    Also, here is how my husband trained our dogs, you might want to give this a try. Take pieces of carrot and sit with your dog, give him one piece, then take the other piece in your palm, point it towards his face, when he tries to grab it, say "it's mine" and eat it. Do this multiple times and then eventually I bet your dog gets it every time you say "it's mine" and does not beg.

    -hope this helps.

  3. Somebody says

    If you have given him food from your plate in the past, you can't blame your dog for begging. What you need to do is have him sit and stay in a spot FAR away from the table while you are eating. If he starts to get up, you need to stand up over him, FIRMLY (but don't yell) tell him no, and to go back to his spot. This will work but if your dog does not follow basic commands in other situations anyways, you need to work on that first.

  4. Rosa says

    Really, I know you don't want to hear it, but you have to ignore him. He's not going to stop doing it in one day, or even just one week, it's going to take a while but eventually he will understand that that isn't going to get him food.

    You can also keep taking him off you, and if he keeps jumping up, take him outside or into another room as punishment, so he understands what he is doing is bad. Don't start off dinner with him in another room, let him first act bad so you can punish him so he can learn its wrong.
    Again, this is going to take a while.

    You can feed him the same time as you.
    I know that he will just bother you after he is done with his food, but when he does that, then take him into the other room. So he knows when hes finished his food not to bother you.

  5. Homefries86 says

    Feed him only out of his dish. It's ok to give table scraps, but put his in his dish before you sit down to eat. He'll get the idea that he only eats from his dish, and it will cut down on the problem. If he comes to beg after he's finished what's in his dish, turn away from him, and only turn back when he behaves. Be persistent; he won't get it overnight.

  6. Mary S says

    That is easy. Never, ever feed the dog when you are eating. Only feed him (dog food) once in the morning and once in the evening and he will get the picture. In addition, do not allow anyone else to feed him human food at any time.

  7. Beva W says

    you can either spank the dog or put him in his pin or outside on the porch. or even yell at him to go away.

  8. Lorraine says

    Yes I am going to give you that answer, but you must persevere until he stops. Weeks and weeks if necessary.

    You could shut him out of the room while you eat.

    And you could google NILIF as this is a subtle rank reduction training which is what he needs.

    Begging at the table goes hand in hand with basic manners and respect. Get that in order and he is less likely to beg.

  9. heygirlhey<33 says

    train that dog mabey when its time for ur family to eat give u dog his own food (but make sure if u are gunna be doing that that u do it the same time everyday)

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