How to Teach Your Dog Manners at dinner time is easier with Cesar® home delights™ as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars. #CesarHomeDelights
I worry a lot about teaching my kids things like good manners and good habits. It’s part of the job, right? But when it comes to my duties as a dog mom, I find myself falling down on my game sometimes. So I’ll admit that Toby has a few habits when it comes to dog dinner time that can be, well… a bit bothersome. So I’ve been checking out tips on how to teach your dog manners!
And seeing if I can teach this old dog some new tricks!
How to Teach Your Dog Manners
One of Toby’s habits that I’m no fond of is his whining and yipping when he decides that it’s dinner time. It was getting so bad that he was starting it in the middle of the afternoon. The challenge with it was that if I fed him, he wanted dinner again at his usual dinner time!
I took a few days to pay closer attention to our daily routine to see what might be going on with him. I wanted to figure out how I could focus on the positive to improve his behavior.
I quickly realized that early afternoon is when Toby starts to get bored, especially if we’re dealing with bad weather and he can’t go outside. He usually sleeps in the morning and then likes to go outside in the afternoon. So that’s when I find him getting into things that he’s not supposed to be in and doing things like trying to tear up his bed!
It’s a lot like the kids. When they’re bored, trouble usually happens.
So I’ve been trying to keep him busier in the afternoon. Whether it’s playing with his favorite tug toy or giving him a bone to chew on. Keeping him busy has helped a lot!
I also took a look at our afternoon and early evening routine to see how it might be affecting Toby. Based on some suggestions from our vet, Toby gets half of his daily food in the morning and half in the evening. So I didn’t think that it was a problem of him being hungry too early.
But I’ll admit that I’m not the one who feeds him in the morning so after a few days, I realized that I should check with Grambo to see if he was eating in the morning.
And sometimes he wasn’t eating at night even after yipping at me like he was starving. I knew I needed to look at our food and what we were feeding him.
We recently made a switch and have been feeding Toby Cesar® home delights™. It’s been a huge hit with him and he’s been eating all of his food both in the morning and in the evening! While he likes all of the flavors we’ve tried, his favorite is definitely Beef Stew. I guess he’s just a meat and veggies type of guy!
Cesar® home delights™ borrows flavor ideas from familiar family recipes and makes them just for dogs!
And trust me, watching Toby eat now makes it pretty clear that he enjoys the Home delights™ that look and smell like human food!
Once I figured out that Toby hadn’t been eating well in the mornings, he did seem to get better about the begging in the afternoon. But I took another look at our daily routine and realized that a lot of the begging behavior seemed to come from our meal time.
Since Carrigan has started eating solid food on her own, she loves to “share” with Toby. I think this has led to more and more begging behavior on his part. So now we just put him in the other room or outside when we’re eating.
So by taking a little time to look at the reasons why he was behaving the way he was, we were able to change up a few things and we no longer have a begging dog! It all had to do with keeping him busy and well fed. Thanks to Cesar® home delights™ for help with it! Toby’s one happy dog these days!
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