If you want your dog to stop begging for food, he has to learn not to beg when food is nearby.
It’s no secret why dogs beg, but it’s because they want food as soon as it’s near or in the kitchen.
Begging is not rude or unpleasant to your puppy, it is instinctive, and it will take a lot of perseverance to undo the behavior you have reinforced.
This begging behavior began long ago among the descendants of dogs. It became an instinct of the wolf and was passed down in the dog’s DNA.
Dogs look for opportunities to get food from us, and observant dogs quickly learned that begging is rewarded when we respond to these cues, and over time they have mastered it.
This is one of the most common complaints from owners, but there is hope. It is possible to get a dog to stop eating while its owner does.