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Do you share your food with your dog?

  • Yes. I don't mind if my dog begs.

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  • No, not while I'm eating, but sometimes a little afterward

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  • Never, because that makes you weak in the dog's eyes

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  • Never, because it's never good to give dogs any amount of human food.

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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!

Susan
 

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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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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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Depends. Sometimes if she has not been begging and ignored me, then I will occasionally reward her for doing the right thing.
 

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Very rarely do I give Gunther human food. I don't want to encourage begging as my MIL's dog drives me nuts when she does it. She doesn't care what you have and she will push against you. I'm the meanie and I never give her food.
 

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He's not allowed in the dining room while we're eating. He just lays in the living room and pretends we don't exist. I only give some scraps or treat afterwards but rarely. I put real meat in his food so he has no need to beg for scraps lol
 

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i rarely give them anything. sometimes a little when i'm done if they don't beg.

it's fun to leave a piece of pizza crust in the pizza box and put the box on the floor for them to open the box to get to the crust. they know to bite at the top and pull up but they are so dumb the also are standing on the top so they end up just tearing the box apart to get to the crust.
 

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julie getting the last little piece of crust after wife and i spent the night listening to music, drinking beer and eating pizza.

 

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I feed raw, so my dog's always gettintg "human" food LOL ... I don't EVER feed her while I'm eating, begging / drooling dogs are way up on my list of pet peeves.

I do give her my left overs in her bowl ... half the time I don't even know if she realizes it's "my food" or not since she's never had kibble LOL
 

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My dogs can have anything I'm eating as long as he's laying somewhere away from me not looking at me.

The chi doesn't get this concept.

The puppy is getting it.

My pit mix I lost in May was a pro, he'd run to his bed anytime I started eating.
 

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I'm the person. If I feel like giving my dogs a little sumptin' sumptin' while I'm eating, I will. If I don't, I won't. No body begs. While I'm eating, they don't lay any closer to me than they do when I'm not eating. I think that's fair to allow them to do that. I won't punish them because I'm eating.

If I have non-doggy guests, I'll put my dogs up while we eat. Some folks feel uneasy with dogs close by while they are eating.

I have a ritual with my Mini Dachshund. Every morning while I'm making my lunch for work, she'll come into the kitchen and watch me. I'll give her a piece of cheese or some sandwich meat. Normally, I'll carry on a conversation with her. I know she's begging, but I'm not eating so it doesn't bother me. I pretend she's listening to me talk to her. Maybe she is.
 

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We've always shared with our dogs until Ziva. It kind of breaks our hearts just a little that we can't share much with her. She has to many food sensitivities to share often.

We never allow begging. But our dogs have always gotten table scraps; shared popcorn time; cheese and crackers etc. (always in moderation). Sharing snacks has been a bonding time with our pets. A little for us, a little for the pooch because we love them and they are being good.
 

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Never ever, unless you want to spoil your dog.
He's not even supposed to be around while you're eating (don't let him guilt trip you and become mean at the assumption that you're not willing to share your food with him). He should know his food is the only food he's supposed to eat. If he knows he can get access to any human food, he'll start refusing to eat his own food. Enzo had picked up this habit quite young and could go on for days without even tasting his own food. We had a hard time re-disciplining him: we stopped giving him all food from our kitchen, kept him away from us while we were eating and once we served him with his own food, won't allow more than 10 minutes for him to at least start eating.
 
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