Yeah, make sure under no circumstances should you feed your dog from the table.. and even if you're feeding them a snack from your hands or the bowl, make them work for it. Make them follow commands too. While my family eats, we don't bother looking at Brandi. If she tries to get our attention and jump on our legs, we just nudge her so she falls back down. She knows her place now and waits patiently for us to finish dinner because she knows her dinner is next!
Mafia, it's so funny too when they look at me. If I catch them, and say "Are you looking?!?" they immediately duck their heads and look the other way, with a total air of "I wasn't looking! See me not looking? This is me, not watching you eat, yep yep..."
I am bad, I will feed my dogs scraps from my plate. But it is by my choice not their begging.
I can say "No. Leave" and my dogs will. Begging gets them no where but kicked out of the room so they quickly learn not to.
Sure you are not supposed to do it, just like I'm not supposed to let them sleep on the bed, but I eat at my desk which is in my dog area so we just corrected the situation and reinforce that I am in charge.
Icy, my puppy also likes to sleep on my bed. We find her in the morning either at the end of our bed or in the middle. It's funny because we don't always feel her jump up on the bed. She has a large very comfortable dog bed, yet she either prefers to sleep on the bathroom floor or on my bed. Now when I'm at the computer, she tends to usually sleep by my feet.
My dogs like to sleep ON me, and the GSD thinks that the pillow is for him as well. But it does not affect our relationship. It is easy to allow your dog to bully you. Offering your dog a treat and calling it over is vastly diffrent from stare stare stare, beg beg beg.
How we wish our dogs to behave is our choice but I feel we each need to remember to remain firmly in charge.
nilif is my solution for almost all problems. it works wonders, IMO. my dogs lay under the table when we eat, because we are messy eaters and drop stuff. thats fine. begging, jumping, barking, gets them crated. the problem arises out of the 'unusual' eating- like when we eat at the coffee table, etc. for the most part they are good. any food they get is never directly from our plate, its when we are done, and goes in their bowls. unless they are scarfing up stuff i dropped. which is frequent.
If your going to give the dog anything, anywhere except his food bowl of course hes going to keep trying. There is always that chance he'll get more. If you never give in and give food, he won't have a reason to.