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Old 06-24-2014, 06:03 PM
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Default How "far" do you let your dog take begging?

I was at a friends not long ago and their dog was a (IMO) mega begger! She came right up to the table, and she would 'paw' at you and even attempt to stick her nose right up there to take food!

It got me thinking, is this average behavior?

At my house it is NOT permitted. They can cast longing looks, but it must be from afar, LOL. No dogs in the dining area as long as we are seated/eating. They can scavenge the area when we vacate (and they do! LOL)

If we take a snack to the living room, the rule for newbie Crowley is to lay in his bed (about 5 feet away from us) and Orson knows to back off. We will generally share a tid bit or two if they are in their respective areas.

So? What are the begging/food rules like at your place?
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:10 PM
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Ick. I don't like begging.

At my parent's place, there was a definitive line between the kitchen and the hallway. If we were sitting at the table for a "proper" meal, the dogs were not allowed to cross that line. Here's an example of Rigby while I sit at the end of the table.


Where we live now, we rarely eat in the kitchen. The dogs are allowed in the living room while we eat, unless they start to beg. Any intrusive behaviour, and they are sent to the hall.

Unfortunately certain males in my life *cough* Dad and *cough* Josh. Feed the dogs from the couches. So the dogs will sit next to them and beg and drool and be gross.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:12 PM
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They can sit at my feet and stare all they want. I dont' see it as begging. I teach them to focus on me to get what they want. All they are doing is what they have been trained.

They can't bark, whine or touch. That is not wanted behavior.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:23 PM
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My dogs are pretty bad -- I only demand a buffer of a couple feet between me and dogs while I eat. They sit and stare quietly.

I've got to admit I'm pretty pleased with how well the dog(s) leave food that doesn't belong to them. Or, well, Cohen leaves food and Megatron doesn't get into trouble when Cohen is around to keep tabs on things. I've had an open bag of kibble sitting in my kitchen for half a week and neither dog has made any move to investigate it despite knowing full well that it's there, open and unsecured.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:31 PM
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Um... um....

Mia will take food off your plate if you don't pay attention. But she's SO CUTE. She'll come up all 'I loooove you. I love you sooooo much' and will be adorable and flirty and sweet and then next thing you know it she's grabbed something off your plate.

And if you leave your plate sitting and get up, she'll probably eat it all.

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Old 06-24-2014, 06:45 PM
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She can't touch my plate or my food. Anything else goes.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:49 PM
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None. No begging, including no staring.

Rosey would not even try with me. She was the worst with my sister, because my sister would feed her off her plate Every. Meal. Then my sister would complain why she always bugs her when she's eating

ETA: I'm fighting people in my house with the ferrets. Right now, Ella will walk up and take food right off their plates, because "oh, she's so cute!"
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:51 PM
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Zinga is the worst, I finally trained a substitute behavior to her throwing toys onto my plate, or barking nonstop, or just randomly launching herself at me when I eat. The new behavior is that her head needs to be resting quietly on my lap. Or she needs to be out of the dining area. Stupid koolie. :P
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:52 PM
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I honestly don't care how close the dogs are, as long as they ignore my food.

For meals at the table, they're likely to sit or lay down a few feet away and watch. If no attention is paid to them, they may or may not wander off at some point and go do their own thing.

For meals on the couch, again, they sit or lay down at few feet away and watch. If I'm ignoring them, they'll ignore me. They tend to know when a hand out is forth coming, and then they'll hold a sit/stay while staring at my face. If I'm eating something they *know* they won't get get a piece of, they do their own thing and aren't interested.

They also don't tend to snitch food if you leave leave a plate unattended, as they are so used to being given a release cue to go eat.

Abrams has been known to fall asleep in my lap while I'm eating on the couch while using him as a TV tray. LOL Like I said, the closeness doesn't bother me, it is how interested they are in my food.

Oh, and with foods they KNOW they get a bite of (after I eat an apple, they split the core, for example), the sit a foot away, stare holes into my head, head and drool. Lol

I would not tolerate them actively begging for food, or trying to grab food. Nuh uh. They can "beg" all they want by holding a down stay and being unobtrusive. And if they are annoying, they know what "get BACK" or "get OUT" means and they comply.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:00 PM
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When I lived with other people, we had dinners at the dining table. The dogs were not permitted in the dining room. Now, I generally eat on the couch, and the dogs are not allowed to be seen staring. I will often have Bogart go to his kennel while I eat because he drools, and I absolutely hate drool.

I'm a horrible hypocrite though, because my youngest cat will sit on my lap while I eat. She can stare, but she cannot touch. As long as she doesn't initiate it, she gets little bites throughout my meal. I think it stems from me having to hand feed her since she was a tiny, sickly kitten. None of the other kitties do that.
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