By Mikkel Becker, vetstreet.com
Q: We're working on training our dog not to beg at the table, but I'm a little confused about the training process. When she does stay on her mat during meal time, how and when should we praise and reward her?
A: You have a couple of options to reward your pooch for staying on her mat. One option is to give her a long-lasting chew or a frozen stuffed Kong to occupy her while she lies on her mat. By placing her mat at the edge of your table, you can easily tie a rope on the inside of a Kong and attach it to the table leg (if it's a sturdy-enough table) to keep her from pulling the Kong off her mat area.
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The other option, which can be combined with the long-lasting treat reward, is doling out treats for staying on the mat. Randomly place kibble or treats on her mat area while she does the down stay. Keep her guessing when the next treat might come by constantly changing how long she goes betweenRead More »from How and when to Reward a Dog for Not Begging at the Table