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I can almost hear the gales of laughter sweeping round the globe after I pose this question so here goes.....
Is there any way I can stop Bella from Begging?
Right, now you have all got your breath back after all that hilarity..... Bella was never really a begging dog, the odd glance or nudge which she gave up on quickly when it got her nowhere, until about 3 weeks ago and now she seems to have taken it to Olympic gold medal status. You get the full head on knee, big eyes, hanging head because she is just so frail and underfed.... fair tugs on your heartstrings (if I had any, I'm a bit tough love on this issue).
I'm not sure what has triggered it as she has never been fed anything from our plates either during or at the end of mealtimes. Bella gets her dinner in her bowl, maybe something like a chunk of carrot whilst I am cooking dinner, and treats if we are doing training/grooming and that is it. I also don't believe it is because she is hungry as she'll chance her hand even if there is food in her bowl, clearly the chance of ours is more appealing.
So is there any way that I can train away this bad behaviour as it really isn't very mannerly and the poor girl has lost her dignity.
I'm fully expecting "she's a dog, get used to it" responses but I thought if you don't ask then you'll never know...