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2scompany
19:06:29 Mon
Feb 5 2007

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Begging for food

My lovely girls Molly & Sasha are still fed 3 times a day, they are just six months old.
However, as a family we are quite lazy in as much as it's very much trays on laps at meal times. I appreciate it's probably not very fair to think two puppies would like to ignore the fact that there is food on the go. Sometimes they are okay and take a telling to go away, other times their noses are almost in the plate.
Thinking ahead I don't want any visitors to get stared down when they are eating in the front room.
Tonight I gave them a treat each to eat at the same time and that seemed to work. They are quite possesive over toys, so to place them behind the gate would just result in a war after a while and I would get indigestion.
Any tried and tested resolutions would be gratefuly received

  
SaraBella
20:04:31 Mon
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All dogs love begging for food!! You need to do something so that they know what they are doing is wrong. What i did when my dog was a puppy , i put some change into an empty coffee can and any time he did something wrong, I would give it a little shake. He absolutle hated it and as time passed all I would have to do say is the word "CAN" and he would be laying down under the table. For a while we didn't even have a can!

We recently got a new puppy last month (Peetie) and we are trying this with him also. He picked up on it right away. When he hears that noise he will lay right down.

  
SashasMum
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Sounds like the same method I use with the stones in the plastic bottle. I reserve that for times when I really want Tizzy to get the message immediately, rather than just general "picking up good manners".

I can leave a plate of food on my sofa and Sasha wont touch it - Tizzy is a different matter.

I don't think it has anything to do with hunger by the way - it's just a general greed for anything you have!!

Tizzy has almost had a slice of toast off my plate on more than one occasion and I do shake the bottle at her for that. Other than that I don't talk to her at all - even if she goes and lies down somewhere, I completely ignore her while I have food. Sasha now just goes to her bed because she thinks the whole process is boring!!

Before eating I always make sure Tizzy has been out (so I can relax and not worry about accidents) and then I try and make sure she has a nice chew or something else to concentrate on. She is not allowed in the dining room when we are eating and now sits with her paws just the otherside of the threshold for about as long as she can stand it!! We still have some creeping in, but she has learnt.

Firmness, consistency and ignoring them completely once they are doing what they are told makes meal times very boring for them!! :luck:

oh and if you don't want Molly and Sasha to beg - NEVER EVER GIVE THEM FOOD OFF YOUR PLATE!!! :nonono:



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23:05:02 Mon
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We tend to eat on the soaf with ourplates on our laps too. I would out Gixer on the floor when I ate and if he tried to get near my food he'd be told no and pushed away. If he didn't do anything he got a treat afterwards. However with the o/h it was different. It was partly his fault as he would eat while Gixer was on his lap as he felt it was cruel to take him off! As Gixer got bigger it was a nightmare as he wouldn't let Brett eat at all and would normally end up barking and jumping - usually the food got knocked on the floor. IF he barked we'd shut him in the hallway until he calmed and would jkust repeat this. It took a while but he learnt and we can now eat in peace. He still tries it on at times with those lovely brown eyes and that "I've never been fed" look but doesn't win. He's fantastic when we are eating at the table though.





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Feb 6 2007

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When I sit down, I make mine sit too, then put them into a down + "stay". They get a treat for that and they will lay there whilst I eat. Worth trying with a few "fake" meals first of all until they get used to it being so young.

It wont stop the drools though:jump:

They sound adorable!

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Our three always get told to go to bed when we are having our meals - we usually sit on the sofa to eat.

All three of them know that there is no chance of them getting any food whilst we are eating, nut they usually get the leftovers (or sometimes i save them some on purpose).

As soon as they hear us put down our knives and forks they come running down the stairs to get their treat.

I agree with Karen if you don't want them to beg - never ever give them anything off your plate or they will continue to do it just incase they might get something next time. Even when we are finished we take our plates to the kitchen and feed them with our fingers or put it into their bowls. They never get it direct from the plate.

It takes a while and you will feel mean sometimes but you definately need to make a start now to prevent them doing it in the future.

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Were also very lazy and eat on laps.

scottbi sits and watches us but when he edges foward we just tell him NO. he listens most of the time but there was this one time we had fish and chips from fish shop and the little bugger pinched a scrap from the edge of the paper dead sneaky like!!! :o)

Paul hates him watching him eat but i dont mind he's only a puppy and dont wanna miss out!



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