It's likely that this time of year you're going to be eating some especially yummy food that will have your pup drooling for it. As cute as those puppy dogs may be, begging at the table can make diners feel uncomfortable. Here's what you can do to avoid that:
Tire them out. Before meal time, make sure your pup has had sufficient physical and/or mental stimulation. A lengthy walk, playing their favorite game, and practicing commands are all great options for this. Too busy cooking to try this one out? I may know a dog care company willing to help :)
Separate the dog from the table. Whether it's a baby gate, dog gate, dog crate, or you get creative with some shipping boxes, you can create a physical barrier between your dog and guests while dining. Depending on your dog's comfort level with your guests, it may even be a good idea to keep them separated beyond just meal time to give him/her a "safe space".
Keep them busy. This one could be combined with the previous idea. Use something like a long-lasting yak chew, lick mat, or food puzzle to keep your pup's mind occupied with his/her own treat rather than pouting for yours. You could even smear some of those extra yams on the lick mat.
Don't feed your pup from the table. Feeding dogs from the table (or your plate) can enforce their begging behavior. If you really really want your pup to partake in your seasonal goodies, then I'd suggest adding it to their food bowl or even using it as a special high-value treat to work on the "place" command (have your pup sit on a cot, their crate, their bed, or any designated place you choose until you release them). Just please be careful what you feed them. There are plenty of human foods that are not only considered safe, but beneficial to your pup, but there are others that could be deadly. Click on the Daily Paws infographic below to read their full article. When in doubt, consult with your vet.
Are you hosting guests this year? If so, what's your holiday game plan?
Well wishes & puppy kisses,
*Disclaimer: We are not veterinary professionals. These general tips are from our dog care experience. Any specific medical advice for your dog should come from your vet.