I don’t know why, but we all love to give our dog a piece of food from the table as he sits at our feet and gives us “those puppy eyes”. It might be a piece of turkey, a potato chip, or a carrot. It really doesn’t matter.
The act of us giving our dog “our food” at “his command” is relinquishing our ownership of the food and creates an atmosphere where he expects food through a simple demand.
Now, we are eating, preparing food, or even just carrying a plate of corn chips and salsa across the room. Our dog comes to us and demands the food. Why now? We shown him that if he demands food, he will get it. Well, we don’t give him anything and even show some animosity towards his request.
The issue is that we (humans) can understand differential ownership and seemingly inconsistent actions. Our dog does not. To him, we have told him that the food is his. So, what can we do to fix this problem before our dog decides to jump on our boss at a house party in search of a cheese puff?
Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains the steps you need to take to let your dog understand that the food is yours. Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “How Do I Stop My Dog from Begging at the Table”.