🐶 BEGGING 🐶
Begging can become a serious issue if not addressed early on.
Sometimes you can think it’s an innocent enough act, and it is, but it can also be harmful to your dog if they get a hold of something not good for them!
❓So, what can you do about it?
➡️ Prevention is best. And the best way to prevent this problem from occurring is to set your dog up for success!
Keep foods safely away from your dog. Don’t leave out food unattended in an area that is easy for your dog to access.
If you have food out, use a baby gate or or blockade to keep your dog safely away from the area where you are preparing food.
If this is not an option, you can pick a spot where your dog is not allowed to walk past, for example the threshold of the kitchen. Imagine a line in the sand and teach your dog that that imaginary line can not be crossed. To do this, you will need a strong STAY cue.
While your dog stays put behind the line, treat him regularly so he knows that he is doing good!
➡️ If you’ve already gotten tot he point where your dog is already a proficient beggar, there are still things you can do!
To do this, you’ll need to catch your dog in the act. You can set him up too! Leave some food out (something that wouldn’t harm him if he does manage to get a bite!) and walk away, pretending to not be paying attention.
When your dog goes in for the grab, give him a LEAVE IT cue. When he does what you’ve asked, give him a reward!
🌟Remember that your dog is just seeing something yummy and going in to get a bite. He’s not trying to steal from you, and he certainly doesn’t know that he is doing anything “bad”.
It’s very natural for a dog to eat food when they find it, and their sniffers are excellent at finding it!
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