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always wonting food willsit and starewhile any one is eating she willsteal food if she can reach it or off my plate I feed her twice day tined food plus treats she is two years old acrossterrerand smallspanuel I have had her three weeks and she follows me every were but very loving
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,
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My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
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Many dogs beg and steal food especially dogs who have ever lived on their own without a steady food supply. So it may be strictly behavioral though there are medical conditions that can cause a dog to be constantly hungry such as diabetes. A dog will eat and be hungry all the time and generally not gain weight. So I would have her checked for health issues like diabetes to be on the safe side.
If it is strictly behavioral, then you will have a lot of work in front of you to correct her stealing food. You will actually have to try and put her in the situation where she would normally steal food but have her leashed and have someone hold the leash and pretend to be ignoring her. The minute she goes to move toward the food a correction should be given. You give a short tug on the leash to get her attention and a firm NO so she learns that she is not allowed to take food.
When she doesn't try to get the food, reward her with an extra special treat like a hot dog sliver. She will learn that she gets better treats if she doesn't try to steal food. You can also teach her to not eat at all unless you have given her a command. You would use the same technique of having her on the leash and have her sit and wait until you give the command to eat. When you give the command you let her go eat. You have to use this in conjunction with a sit or other command to keep her in one spot and not moving forward until she learns to wait on the command.
One way I found was effective at helping the dogs learn to leave my plate alone when they were pups was to put their special treat on the plate even after I taught them the "eat" command. At the end of my meal I would take the plate to their bowl and put the special treat (usually a hot dog piece) into their bowl. This helped them learn that they would get something AFTER i was finished and didn't have to steal food.
I would also work with her on obedience training. The following site is helpful for teaching you how to train your dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.
http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html
Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.
http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm
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Training will help you control all her behavior and not just this issue. I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
HI,

Just a quick note to see if you have had a chance to try any of my suggestions yet. i hope you found my suggestions helpful.

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