happens when you walk into a house and encounter the delicious aroma of your
favorite home-cooked meal or freshly baked cookies? You probably gravitate
toward the kitchen without even thinking about it, especially if you’re hungry.
Because most dogs enjoy the same kinds of
foods that we do, it’s not surprising that they’re drawn to good smells, too.
However, many pet parents don’t like it when they sit down at the table to eat
and find themselves under the intense scrutiny of their hopeful, drooling dogs.
You can’t really blame your dog for begging at the table. But if
you’d like to change her behavior, you can do so by using one or both of the
Prevent begging by controlling your dog’s access to the table.
Teach your dog to do something else instead, such as lying down and staying
on a mat or bed.
Sometimes it’s easiest to solve a problem by preventing it from happening.
If you’d rather your dog leave you alone while you eat, you can use a baby gate
to confine her to another room when you sit down for a meal. Or, if your dog is
crate trained, you can put her in her crate while you eat. (Please see our
article on Weekend Crate
Training to learn how to teach your dog to happily relax in a crate.) To
keep her busy and quiet, try giving your dog a chew bone, her dinner or a
KONG® toy stuffed with something delicious. (Please see our article
on How to Stuff a KONG
Toy to learn more about using food
If you’d like your dog to stay in the same room with you but refrain from
loitering right next to the table or drooling on your shoes, you can use a
tether to keep her in her own space. Attach a short leash or tether (four- to
six-feet long) to a heavy piece of furniture or an eye-hook in the baseboard.
(You can buy a length of chew-proof plastic-coated wire with a clip on each end
at most pet stores.) Put a soft bed or mat next to the tether. Before sitting
down to eat, lead your dog to her comfy spot, and attach the leash or tether to
her collar. Then give her something to chew or a stuffed KONG. After you finish
your meal, you can release her from the tether. As long as you give your dog a
tasty treat of her own to work on while you eat, she’ll enjoy settling in her
special spot during mealtimes. (A word of caution: Do not leave your dog
unattended while she’s tethered. She could get tangled in the tether and injure