Thursday, November 25, 2010


Since it's Thanksgiving, I thought these tips might be useful this week :)
-Feed her first: If your dog or cat is really full, she just won’t be as inspired to beg for more.

-Don’t give in to guilt: No matter how she manipulates you with those Oliver Twist eyes, remind yourself that she is already well-fed and doesn’t need people food.

-Make her leave for leftovers: If you decide to slip her a snack, do it away from the table.

-Say it with spray: To discourage brazen behavior like stealing food or being too pushy, use the plastic bottle you use to spray plants and hit whatever part of your pet is handy.

-Isolate the problem: When your cat or dog is driving you crazy, tell her “No!” and calmly put her in the other room and shut the door. Eventually she learns that if she doesn’t beg, she doesn’t get sent away.

-Try a sticky situation: If your pet’s begging includes jumping up on the kitchen counter, try putting strips of double sticky tape in strategic spots. Pets hate the sensation of getting a little stuck.

Give in -- just a little: Some people love feeding their pet at the table. To compromise, try slipping her something healthy, like lettuce. If she doesn’t like it, you’ve done your part, and if she does like it, your not loading her down with fattening food.

*These tips are home remedies only and should not ever be used as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your veterinarian. If your pet has a medical problem, we urge you to seek competent medical care.

Alice England


HappyDapperDogs said...

Great tips and tricks for the little beggers!...Athena, cute Mickey mouse socks!:o) love those spoiled doggies. Mine are cheese hounds too. Every night at 10:00 they share a slice of cheese.
I enjoyed the videos.

Three Wishes Collective said...

all great tips! my poor grandkitty walks around wet most of the time from the spray bottle method, lol. (not for begging, though - more for "attacking") i should get a video of Velvet begging, she is the ultimate queen when it comes to tenacity and technique. We have to put her in the other room while we eat sometimes cause she just won't give it a rest.
Also, I read somewhere that if you do give table scraps, put it in their bowl instead of feeding them from the table. That way they should learn to wait until the meal is over, also it places the humans 'above' the pet. This of course does no good with Velvet - she just whines and tries to rush us to finish our food so that she gets hers :)

AngelPups said...

Love the post, Alice! My son has stolen my monitor for my desktop (it's actually his and he needed it back temporarily) so I'm plugged in on my laptop which has no sound?!?! But those videos were adorable even though I couldn't hear anything....those faces are adorable ;-)

Pup Fan said...

Great tips - happy Thanksgiving!

Art and Sew Forth said...

What good tips. Sort of like training kids! Begging doxies...hard to resist. the last video was not there for me....