How Do I Stop My Dog From Stealing Food Overview

Discover how to stop your dog stealing your food, with this dog training exercise from taken from the Dog Training Planner. If your dog steals things out of trash (garbage) or sizes every opportunity to take food from tables and countertops, this training exercise is for you.

When your dog steals food, he’s being very sensible because food in the wild is scarce (if you don’t believe me, head off into the wilds right now and see how long you last before dying of starvation). Dogs scavenge food to survive.

When training your dog to stop stealing your food, always remember to be patient and reward with positive praise and treats. You should never punish your dog or use angry and aggressive tones, this will only lead to fear. Dogs respond much better to positive reinforcement and such training can improve your relationship with your dog.

The 4 Steps 

If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that I’ve written out all the steps for you. I know. I know. I really am that nice (lol).

Videos are great if you’re a visual learner!

Most people learn dog training drills best by first watching a video tutorial, and then having the written steps available during the training session, so they don’t get confused (Hey, if you want to completely avoid confusion, you might like to get your paws on my Dog Training Planner).

Step 1: Plate

Fill a plate with human food.

Step 2:  Food In Front

Put food in front of yourself so that you have an impact on the dog and the food.

Step 3: Block & Reward

Block the dog until he gives up his efforts to get food. Once he calms down, reward him with a food treat.

Step 4: Food On Table

Repeat the same thing but put food on the table. It may take your dog some time to improve its behaviour, so be patient and keep trying. If you find your dog is getting confused, then go back a few steps and build their confidence slowly.

Before you go, read on to discover the secret sauce to dog training success...

Loving Leadership

Have a philosophy of loving leadership when training your dog.

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As a loving leader, you should be constantly working on the communication pathways with your dog. At the bare minimum, your dog should also have some basic commands such as the lie-down command, sit command, and stay command.

When your dog knows a few basic dog obedience commands he or she will feel loved because they know what you want and have no anxiety or fear about what they should be doing and when.

Once your dog has a few commands under his or her belt (I mean, collar), practice behaviour dog training, command dog training and tricks dog training regularly to ensure your dog is physically and mentally healthy. As you are probably acutely aware, untrained dogs have a way of taking over the control of a home if not taught otherwise (which can be a nightmare). A trained dog, however, will bring years of doggie love to your household.

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