Max is a little over a year old. He was never fed any table scraps until about 4 months ago and my husband thought it would be fun to feed him pizza crust...well, he opened a huge can of worms. Max is terrible at begging. He stares at you with those huge brown eyes looking all sad. He will put his head on your lap, chair table where ever you are sitting. My daughter spent 15 minutes getting her after school snack prepared and had it sitting on the end table next to the couch. Max was sleeping in the other room. I was in the kitchen, my daughter came in for literally 20 seconds to get a juice box. She came back and he ate every single thing on her plate. He acts like he is starving all the time. He eats 2 cups of Canidae twice a day...He was just at the vet on Monday and had a clean bill of health...I am at a loss with him. Do you think he is eating enough? It appears he is on track according to the instructions on the Canidae bag. He weighs 71 pounds...Any thoughts or ideas on how I can tame my hungry beast.... Thanks..
Husbands are like that, aren't they. We have never given our two year old any food from the table yet he continues to sit there staring at us like he hasn't eaten in a week. It's pretty unnerving but I have tried to learn to ignore it. He too would eat himself into oblivion, I'm sure. I give him two meals a day and feed him just before or as we sit down so he should feel full while we eat. Of course if we go for snacks at anytime he's right there. I also make him do something for me and reward him with one of his 'cookies' if I sit to have a snack so he has something between his meals. Reggie has a colon issue and we are supposed to add fiber to his meals (Metimucil). I think this might be another way to make him feel full as well as help him digest his food. If Max is healthy then I suppose there is nothing to worry about...Maybe we both just have silly cookie monsters.
I saw a good show about this once, and have used the technique with a foster dog that thought anything in my 3-year-old's hands (and therefore at face level for him) was fair game. He also begged at mealtime at the table. I set a boundary away from the table - appx 5 feet away, where one room transitioned into another. He was made to stay behind that line and everytime he crossed it he was put back with a reprimand. You definitely have to outlast your dog on this one, as they can be incredibly stubborn, but it will work. Feeding them prior to eating or near the same time may help as well, as they won't be smelling your dinner on an empty stomach. He learned the first day, after some persistence that there was a boundary there, and he stayed behind it. Now and then he tried again, but it took less and less correction after the first few times. With my son and the dog taking food from his hands, however, I used Cesar Milan's faux dog bite technique - the fingers to his neck to imitate a pack leader's bite and threat. The dog trying to take food from a young child's hand, even tho he was never at all aggressive about it, could have led to something dangerous down the road, and I won't tolerate that with small children. I never hurt the dog physically, it was the suprise and my tone and stature that gave the message 'this is MY child, and HIS food, BACK off' with nothing more than the neck touch and nothing more verbal than an "ehh!" (not sure how the sounds translates into words, lol!). After a time or two, he learned his boundary there again, and we haven't had trouble since. I don't believe in dominating a dog in a harsh or macho way, but I do believe strongly in being the strong pack leader. But I balance that out with exercise, playtime and affection, and plenty of fun too, and have been blessed with wonderful outcomes. Hope that helps!
All dogs beg, they eat that boring stuff everyday, our food smells so much better!! Of course it does! Ignore the dog. Best advice, just ignore him. And dont feed him before you eat, that shows him he is the Alpha(leader) of his pack(you guys). Sit eat, ignore, dont treat. After you have eaten, give him his food. Aside from putting him in another room while you eat, this is my best advice.
I agree with Colleen, setting a boundary about 5 feet away is a good idea. It does take alot of practice, but they soon learn to stay in their "safe" spot. Only when they are being calm and behaving properly, toss them a treat (but nothing that you are eating, try a piece of freeze dried liver, just keep it on hand). Dogs learn by habbit, and eventually you will not need to toss any treats.
My mother in law screwed up my dogs. I feed them in their crates when we eat. That way they can not be there to beg, end of story. I have also worked on training them not to take things off of tables. It really is the biggest training job in the world. Next time I would smack my husband on the nose with a rolled up newspaper if I were you
The biggest thing to remember is to consistant, and alpha. The whole family has to be in on it, no just you.