When you’re beginning your puppy training to teach how to become a “good dog”, it’s important to teach him not to beg whenever you eat something. One of the best ways to do this is to let him know that he is not allowed to climb on your lap or paw at your leg when you sit down to eat. By teaching your puppy to move to a spot away from you and lie down, you will be doing yourself a great service later in life.
One of the best ways for you to train your puppy not to beg when you eat is to walk him over to a spot away from where you’re sitting and make him lie down. Once he is resting comfortably, you can go to where you are eating and sit down. Keep reaffirming what you want by telling him to “stay” or “stay there”. When he tries to get up you tell him no, or put him back where he was. When you’re done eating, it’s important to go over to him and tell your puppy what a “good boy” he is. Make sure to rub his belly and give him lot’s of positive reinforcement – he did do what you wanted after all. This will take time and diligence, but if you stick with it you will find that your dog learns how to behave while you eat.
Another thing that you need to teach when puppy training is to be polite with his food and dog bones. Often, when we don’t teach our puppies to behave when these things are taken away from them, we find that later they can become very possessive and even violent in some cases, if someone takes food or bones away from them.
This can be a little bit tricky, but from the time he is little, you need to begin to take his food away from him while he is in the middle of eating. Make him wait for a moment or two without getting aggressive, then put it back. This teaches your pet that he can wait for his food without fighting for it because he will always get his food or bone back. When you give it back because he has been patient, give him positive praise for being good and patient. In the training of dogs, this is almost essential, because too many times, children will take food away from a grown dog and wind up getting bitten because the dog wasn’t trained properly.
Also, when you’re puppy training for your pup to be polite, it’s important to teach him what items are forbidden and which ones your puppy can pick up with his mouth. Throughout his life, he will be “bringing” you things with his mouth and not all of them will be for him to pick up. It’s important to teach him a command early on that will tell him that he cannot have a particular item. When working with this type of training, it’s usually a good idea to leave the things your puppy can have within easy reach for him and keep other things out of his way. Of course it’s inevitable that he will get into things he shouldn’t have. This is when you make sure he understands that he is not to have your “treasure” in his mouth. Usually a firm voice will do the trick. When he drops your toy and grabs his own, make sure to let him know how good he is.