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Old 07-17-2014, 05:41 AM
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Could really do with some advice with how you train your chi to no beg for food? Milo is almost 2 and goes crazy whenever I'm eating dinner, he will even jump up and try and pull things off the plate. No matter how many times I put him back on the floor and firmly say no, he just doesn't give up. I have never given him anything from my plate, so I thought he would have got used to never getting anything and given up eventually... But obviously not!

He never listens and was so difficult to even get him to sit, despite several training classes etc. I've just got off two holidays, and both people who looked after for him said how much of a scrounger he is. I have no idea where to start?!

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Old 07-17-2014, 11:37 AM
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Has anyone else been giving him things they are eating? Once is enough to start a bad habit. My husband always gives my girl food so when he is not there and I eat, she sits there moaning and groaning for me to give her something. She will never try to eat off my plate though. Fortunately all I have to tell is for her to stop and she will, because she knows her daddy will give her some later ha ha.

My friend trained her dog not to beg by giving offering him things that did not taste good whenever he would get rowdy and beg. I am not sure if this is the way to do it though.
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Do you free feed or do you feed him separate meals during the day? My chi gets 2 meals a day so when we sit down to eat, she gets her meal when we do and if she tries to beg, I tell her to go lay down. She's learned not to beg, but she'll still sniff around the floor for anything that may have dropped.
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It is much easier to persuade a dog to do something you want than to not do something you don't like. So instead of telling him not to beg ask him to do something else, such as go to his bed or lay down.
Having a routine for mealtimes will help too, maybe have him go to his bed or crate with a chew, or putt him in a different room before the plates come out.
If we are eating on the sofa, a place where the dogs are normally allowed free access, we tell them to get off and they go to their beds whilst we are eating. They know that they are not allowed on or near the sofa while we have food. (I should point out that this makes them sound far better behaved than they actually are lol. As soon as we are finished they re-appear and check for dropped crumbs and leftovers.)
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I have a gate outside the kitchen. They get 'escorted' out during dinner. They do get to lick plates though, afterward. (thank goodness for the sanitize cycle in the dishwasher!)
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:11 PM
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I have a gate outside the kitchen. They get 'escorted' out during dinner. They do get to lick plates though, afterward. (thank goodness for the sanitize cycle in the dishwasher!)

That is hysterical! I sometimes let her lick a plate to and say the same for the dishwasher cycle..I just do not let anyone outside the family witness this
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Ponyo is ABSOLUTELY AWFUL about food!

She's vocal and very bouncy. It's not just feeding time, it's whenever my husband or I bring a snack out or eat dinner. We're still in the process of trying to figure out how to maneuver around her overwhelming love of human food. Luckily, she's too short to get up on the couches, so we ask her to calm down before she's allowed up to beg.

Then again, I don't mind beggars. I like giving them delicious meat & cheese. But only if everyone's laying down & quiet (it takes Ponyo a second, but she gets there once she sees the other two getting fed because they are still and laying down.)


Everyone on here has great suggestions. Personally what I did was when Ponyo was TOTALLY out of control ("level 10", ignoring because she's so excited) I would just put her in her kennel until she was quiet, placing her in there with no anger feelings and ignoring her completely. If she continued to loose her mind, I'd cover the cage until she was quiet. I would do this when it was very obvious she is not paying attention to what I'm trying to communicate to her (running away, barking,) and she can just wait her turn until she's quiet. Putting her in her kennel is a very clear statement saying "You will not be a part of this if you cannot follow directions."

Interestingly, having this chihuahua has totally changed me. I used to be "Big Bad Mom," a no nonsense trainer and caretaker where rules were followed and no exceptions were made. NOW? Oh, Ponyo has me wrapped around her paw. Everything she does is just so stinking cute... although, some behavior gets less cute the longer it goes (such as above.) Guess what? THE HUBBY CAN NOW GET HER TO BE QUIET AND NOT ME! How did that happen!? He says he just gives her the "Pappa Bear Stare" ... what the heck is that?
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:01 PM
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OMG Maggi...the video..

When you said "Shes so used to laying down" the two bigger ones lay down because they thought you said lay down?? I was laughing. Great video and beautiful dogs!

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