There’s a common myth that dogs beg because sometime during their life, someone fed them some ‘human food’ from the table.
NEWSFLASH: There are thousands, maybe even millions of dogs out there who have never been fed a single scrap of food from the table, yet they still beg. An even more annoying myth is that dogs beg to assert their dominance. That’s about as stupid as claiming that a teenager asking his mom for gum is trying to boss her around.
They beg because this
is all they have ever known and all they are ever given. And they’re sick of it.
What if this
was your meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day for the rest of your life? What if it was boosted with all the vitamins and nutrients you could possibly need? Would you be perfectly content with eating this from the day you were born til the day you die?
Now what if someone walked in with this
or even this?
Would you be happy eating this
or do you think you might ask for a slice of this?
In the wild, dogs eat a variety of foods. They probably eat better than we do! They eat rabbits, toads, fish, chickens, lizards, berries, grass, veggies, fruits and all sorts of good foods.
Well, thousands of years after we domesticated them, pet food manufacturers emerged, and they made a business that thrived on giving dogs scraps, aka: GARBAGE that we wouldn’t eat ourselves. Later on, the evil geniuses went on to form the lie that you shouldn’t ever EVER give your dog table scraps, yet that is what our domesticated doggies ate long before pet food was ever invented.
And why is it that you shouldn’t give your dog table scraps or food from the table?
Because it might cause them to beg, of course!!!
So dogs went from eating this
Now you tell me – is it really hard to figure out why dogs beg?
So yeah, your dogs beg. Mine do it too, though not that often. What you decide to do about this is up to you. You can actually give them some of what they’re begging for (HEAVEN FORBID!!!) provided that it’s not harmful or poisonous to them (yes, there are some foods, like onions and chocolate, that can actually hurt your pooch, so do your research so that you can know what’s safe for them and what isn’t) , you can give them yummy REAL food mixed in with their kibble, you can put them on a diet of homemade food, or you can teach them an alternative method like ‘go to your bed’, ‘go to your crate,’ or ‘go lay down’.
Heck, you can even just put them outside with a squeaky ball where they are most likely to play with it for hours on end while you and your family enjoy a nice dinner without some little furball whining incessantly at your feet.
The choice is yours.
NOTE: I’m not anti-dog food, because there are some good ones out there. I’m only anti-bad-dog-food, and there’s plenty of that on the market. *cough*PURINA*cough* If you choose to give your dog commercial brand food, do your research, read the label and get to know what you’re really feeding your dog.