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Fido’s Begging Habit

Does your dog come running when you sit down to eat? Does Fido fix you with that sad, soulful stare while you’re having dinner? Our canine buddies have been our friends and companions for thousands of years, and they’ve gotten to know us pretty well in that time. They’ve also gotten really good at guilting us into sharing our food! A Bee Cave, TX vet discusses Fido’s begging habits in this article.

Petiquette

Begging may be cute, but at the end of the day, it really is bad petiquette. With larger dogs, it can also sometimes lead to aggression. If Fido constantly gets rewarded for begging, he may just keep getting bolder and bolder. Plus, it may make guests uncomfortable.

Safe and Unsafe Food

One reason that begging can be so problematic is that it can be easy to feed your furry friend something that is bad for him. This can be an issue with young children, as they may not know what is and is not safe for dogs. When giving Fido treats, stick to foods you know are safe. Never give your pooch anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; caffeine; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; or xylitol. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast.

Obesity

It’s probably safe to say that begging plays a huge role in skyrocketing doggy obesity rates. Over half of our canine pals are obese! Chubby dogs may be cute, but those extra pounds can lead to some very serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and bone/joint issues, such as hip dysplasia. If you absolutely can’t resist that adorable furry face, pull a bait and switch. Give Fido a carrot stick, instead of that piece of bacon he’s been eyeing. Also, keep in mind that treats in general should only make up about 5 percent of your pup’s daily caloric intake.

Breaking Bad Habits

You shouldn’t punish your dog for begging, though you can tell him ‘Don’t beg’ in a stern tone. Your best bet is to ignore your dog. You can have Fido lay down while you’re eating. It’s also important to be consistent. Don’t reprimand your pet for begging one day, only to reward him the next!

Please contact us, your Bee Cave, TX vet clinic, for all of your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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