Your dog is only 9 months, so still very much a pup. So I would just continue with not reinforcing the begging. Just keep eating or whatever, and if you are trying to eat in the living room completely ignore them and if he comes up to you just turn your body away, no eye contact, and keep eating. Or say no, or like you said tell him to lay down. I will also nudge them away if need be.
I wil not even reward them with some of our food if they are good and lay down or do not beg after we are done eating. I will however give them "human" food at seperate times during the day( even if it is leftover from a meal) as training treats. But it is not associated with "us" eating.
He is smart and will get it after awhile that it is not in anyway rewarding for him, so will stop doing it. It may take some time (and he is young) but he will figure it out that there is no way he is getting your food if you keep at it (DO not break and even give a morsel after you are done) Try to seperate you eating and him eating as very different events in his day. We had the beggers of all beggers and really after alot of ignoring now she just lays down while we eat. I will not say my dogs are the smartest ever, cause I know they are not, but they have learned the difference between us reaching in the fridge for our stuff and eating our own food vs, reaching in a particular spot/with particular foods that may be for their treat!!
But that is just how we did it...there is many different ways to do things! And it may depend on the dogs as well
Allie, gotcha 7/2007
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Last edited by kelso; 04-22-2010 at 07:44 AM.