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Re: sloping off when given food

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  November 12, 2002 at 22:08:11

In Reply to: sloping off when given food
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted by:  jill
Posted on:  November 12, 2002 at 16:28:31

Question:

: hi guys

: i have a quick question that i hope that you will be able to help with. For some time now my baby has been showing a strange behaviour. he is just over a year, neutered male and absolutely fantastic!!!. When we give him treats when we are eating (know it is bad but he is so good)like a piece of crust from a pizza he ducks down very submissively and walks away with it almost with his tail between his legs to eat it. He is almost in a cowering stance and slopes off. We have never hit him or even shouted at him and I was wondering why he should act as though we do in this situation. Once he has eaten it he comes back again for more and repeats the behaviour if we give him more. When i am giving him normal dog treats he does not do this only when we give him things we are eating. It is almost as if he knows we are being naughty!!!. Can't understand this please help.


Response:

Dear Jill,

Most dogs who get fed from their owners' plates enjoy the experience but since your little guy doesn't appear to be having a good time, I don't see any reason why you should continue to do it. Especially since you admit that you know it's bad...

Please consider that "treating" him with praise for good behavior can be more rewarding -- for both of you -- then a piece of food. :-)

Regards,
Leslie