my dog won't stop begging for table food. Especially McDonalds for some wierd reason. Why? What can I do to make him stop it? oh, and you can find a picture of my dog at www.busy_child04.textamerica.com
Get a spray bottle. One for your hair (that's only had water in it), or a cleaner bottle (make sure NOTHING but water has been in it, or just go to Wal-Mart & get one for 69 cents or the like), and fill it with water. When he begs, put it on stream & spray him in the face. After that, say "NO." He'll get the message quick, and when he sees that waterbottle, he won't beg again. Also tell other members or your friends NEVER to give him scraps. Not even one!!! Good luck! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
your dog begs for table scraps because people have given him table scraps at some point in the past. Any time you give your dog human food you make it believe it can get human food at any time. The best way to avoid a begging dog is to never give it human food. We put our dogs in a 'down' when we eat, and they're not even allowed to look at us. If they do look, we say in a very sharp stern voice, "Are you looking?!?" and stare directly at them. This is a dominance challenge, eye to eye contact, and you just stare at them until they back down. Or.... get a spray bottle and fill it with water, spray them when they look at you hehe. That works too.. especially with the dominance look.
well white=yellow...he has never ever been given table scraps. Not once. Nothing but puppy stuff. That spray and stare thing sound like a good idea, I'll try it out. The puppies are doing great and are in perfect condition. He has threr currently (the owner of the female lab took others). We were thinking about adopting another pup. So that Blu can have somebody to play with and because well...I love dogs and caring for them. But nah...with college and stuff, time is limmited...plus, I don't want split attention given to them...
I have a little deeper insight into this. In the wild, the alpha eats first, without interference from the subordiantes. To further assert your leadership the dog could be put in a down-stay. it is okay for the dog to watch but not approach. the dog can even be at your side but he should be well behaved and have manners at dinner time also, making a dog wait in a sit-stay while you prepare his or her food and not eat till you tell them. you have to be consitent and enforce these commands. but this will relieve much more than just a begging problem.
My parents make Abby lay in the living room room while they are eating. If she comes into the kitchen we say "Go on your rug!" and she goes and lays down on the rug by the front door. When she was a puppy we'd have to lug her big butt over to the rug, but she caught on. After we're done eating, my dad will scrape some food into her bowl. She knows not to beg while anyone is eating, but once someone stands up she bolts to her bowl in anticipation.
ace i belive in the part about giving the dog food after a meal. that also reiforces leadership. subordinate dogs eat the alphas left overs. I am not a big fan of making them leave. they are part of the pack and should not be excluded. i think begging is from giving them table food and then not training them how to handle it.