Does your dog have a hard time keeping his paws off your food?
Nothing is more disappointing than discovering your turkey-and-cheese sandwich has been gobbled down by Fido. Well, it’s disappointing to you, at least. Whether your dog only steals food when you’re not looking or when you are, it’s important that you don’t reprimand him for the behavior. When your pup steals food, he’s rewarded with a tasty treat and the behavior is reinforced. Usually a reprimand comes too late for your dog to connect the behavior to the punishment so this won’t prevent further counter-surfing. Instead of using punishment, you want to recondition your dog to only eat food when you give it to him.
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