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View Poll Results: Do you share your food with your dog?
Yes. I don't mind if my dog begs. 27 16.36%
No, not while I'm eating, but sometimes a little afterward 107 64.85%
Never, because that makes you weak in the dog's eyes 5 3.03%
Never, because it's never good to give dogs any amount of human food. 26 15.76%
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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 11-18-2014, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Do you share food with your dog?

I have a female GSD who was adopted at 1 y/o but never had people food from me.

My question is about a 2 y/o female Siberian Husky I just adopted. This dog is very alpha over my GSD. She was previously owned by a young and inexperienced owner who probably did everything wrong. I have noticed that she is very bad about begging whenever I walk into the kitchen. Obviously people have fed her while they ate, something I absolutely abhor. I knew even as a child that was not a smart idea.

The Husky loves car rides. I got some fast food while she was in the passenger seat. I made her sit and behave while I ate, making it very clear that it was my food and not hers.

But then it occurred to me as I was finishing that I have read Huskies are very much about pack dynamics. That's how twenty dogs could get along well enough to pull a sled together; they all had to know their place.

Obviously the pack leader eats first. But am I a better leader if I give the dog a tiny bit when I am done? And yes, people food is not for dogs, I understand, but I'm talking about a tiny amount. I am just wondering if it helps or hurts in establishing the owner's alpha role.

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that husky knows you are not a dog so bury the alpha pack leader theory.

I do not give my food to my dogs. I used to when it was just Jax but Seger is way to pushy. My food is mine. Your food is yours. Period. I don't let any of them beg while I'm eating. I don't even let them stare at me while I'm eating. It drives me nuts.

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....hmmm.....yeah i do. Everyone gets a little piece of something, sure. They dont beg though. They wait at the bottom of the stairs and i eventually flip them something
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I have to make fruit/vegie smoothies with a Nutri-Bullet for my sister--strawberries, frozen blueberries, bananas, carrots, spinach, etc. so she can get super-digestible nutrients. The minute my two hear me get the Nutri-Bullet out, they dash into the kitchen and sit, happy expectant looks on their faces, because they know I'm going to toss a few goodies their way--they love it all!

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Kaiju knows that he loses the chance to get anything if he begs while I'm eating. But if he minds his own business and hangs out on his bed or chews a toy while I eat, I may chuck him some appropriate scraps. And he's well-mannered in the car, so it's not unheard of for me to grab him a little pupacinno at Starbucks or a kids froyo at a drive through. He just will never get it if he practices any bad behavior. So if I get him an ice cream at the drive through and he tries to nose into my face before I've offered it to him, you better believe it's getting trashed at the end of the lane (or I might eat it). I think the most important thing is to make sure that when you offer scraps, you aren't reinforcing behavior that you don't want.
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Exactly, begging gets nothing, ever. At the end of my plate if my dogs are relaxed they may get a nibble if it is appropriate food for them.

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I chose yes, but I don't allow them to beg. If we're eating dinner we tell them to lay down.

I have shared a cheez it or two while I was snaking in the living room.

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They must lie down and leave me be while I eat. Then I share with them. If they are rude, they get nothing. The begging doesn't bother me as much as the drooling.

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If I'm cutting up raw chicken or beef I give them a slice but my dogs are always outside while we eat
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I do but rarely. My dad is guilty of this and he gets busted every time. Misty my oldest tells on him every time. I can be in the other room and I know because he is the only one she barks at. I scream from the other room for him not to as I'm peeking around the corner and he is telling her to shush and telling her they are in trouble. Most of all I love his face as he tries to play it off. I don't really care that he does, but I enjoy his reaction

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