Does your dog always beg for food when you are preparing the meal or when you are at the table? Why does he behave this way? If you give in to his wishes, what could be the consequences, mainly on his health? Finally, what can be done about this problem?
Why do dogs beg?
There are several reasons why your dog is constantly asking for food:
- He is hungry. This may be due to the poor quality of his kibble. The most expensive kibbles are richer in carbohydrates than in proteins, contrary to the claims written in big letters on the bags, and therefore do not satisfy your pet. Another possible explanation is that you are not feeding your pet enough food. Study the dosage instructions on kibble packages carefully before preparing your dog’s bowl.
- He has parasites. Digestive worms can take up some of the food that your dog eats, making him feel hungry.
- He doesn’t exercise enough, which creates nervous tension and anxiety. An agitation that can lead him to fixate on food.
- He suffers from diabetes or hyperthyroidism, pathologies that lead to constant hunger.
- He is greedy and begs for food, because you have taken the habit of giving him food during your meals or when you are in the kitchen. You have, in a way, conditioned him to act this way.
How can you change his attitude?
If your dog nibbles between meals, he may become obese, with all sorts of negative health consequences. The list is endless: gastrointestinal problems, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, cancers and shortened life expectancy, etc.
- To make your pet feel full, offer him premium kibbles, which contain both quality proteins and real vegetables.
- On the health side, deworm him at least twice a year and take him to the vet to treat any hypothyroidism or diabetes.
- On the educational side, if your dog approaches the table, ignore him. Work with your family, especially the children, to ensure that everyone behaves the same way.
- Better yet, don’t allow him to come forward while you’re preparing or eating. For example, encourage him to lie down in his basket. To do this, lure him with a treat.
- If he persists in coming to you for food despite your efforts, move him to another room and close the door. Release him as soon as he stops barking, while ignoring him. If necessary, repeat the exercise.
- And if, despite everything, your faithful companion is stubborn, offer him a food that will repel him and make him understand that he won’t get anything good the next time.
Finally, if you still give in to your dog’s whim, reduce the amount of kibble he eats to prevent him from getting fat. Replace the missing portion with boiled zucchini and green beans, which are real sources of appetite-suppressant fiber… And keep him moving!