Begging For Food is a common problem that many dog owners face, but luckily, it’s one of the easiest problems to fix
You sit at the table to eat, and feel something brush against your leg. You look down, and oh, it’s your dog, and he is probably looking something like this:
What’s he doing? He is begging for food, of course. He wants some of that delicious whatever that you’re eating, and it’s really hard to say no to him (especially when he gives you the look), and that’s when problems start.
But before we talk about how can you fix this, let’s first take a step back and try to understand why do they beg in the first place.
Have you ever walked by a fast food place and despite having made a commitment to your diet, you just don’t seem to be able to resist getting in there and getting a sandwich or a pizza?
You know you shouldn’t, but it’s just so darn hard to resist. Why? Simple, the smell of food is irresistible. Fast food companies know that and they rely on the addictive smell of their food to get customers to buy it, because they know that people can’t resist it, even if they know that it’s bad for them.
Now, let’s go back to dogs. As you know, a dog’s super strong sense of smell is waaaaaaay better than our sense of smell. In fact, in search dog training, there’s a theory called the chicken soup theory. According to this theory, when a human walks into a room, he smells chicken soup, but when a dog walks into the same room, he smells chicken, celery, onions, carrots, pepper, salt, and any other ingredient separately.
When you add this to the fact that most dogs love food, some even love it a bit too much, you can easily see why some dogs can’t help themselves, they smell food, they want it so bad, and they can’t help but beg for it, because they either hope you will give them some or know that you will give them some, a knowledge or hope based on past experiences.
We can’t also forget that dogs are natural scavengers, and that they tend to eat whatever they can smell.
In simple words:
Dogs can smell food, and their brains tell them to get food. They know if they beg, you will give them some, because it has worked before, so they do it.
This is an unfortunate side effect of loving our canines a little bit much, so much that we would like to give them everything that they want. So when our dogs start begging for food, it’s too much for us to bear, and before we know it, we cave and give them what they want.
The good news is that this is one of the easiest behaviors to correct, and that all it needs is a little willpower and discipline on your part.