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How to deal with a begging dog at the dinner table

Why should humans have all the fun? Pet owners may be tempted to share Thanksgiving meals with their pets, but Wendy Diamond warns people against sharing them.

If you’re faced with an excited pup begging for food from the table, she has tips on how to handle your pet and what foods to avoid.

An author, entrepreneur, and reality TV personality, Diamond is also Chief Pet Officer at Animal Fair Media. As a celebrity dog ​​trainer, she knows the best ways to enjoy a safe Thanksgiving with man’s best friend this holiday season.

Wendy Diamond and Thanksgiving Food Dog Composite
A combination photo of Wendy Diamond with dogs and a Thanksgiving turkey. The famous dog trainer, author, and entrepreneur has advice on how to interact with your pets at the dinner table this holiday season.
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What not to feed your dog

“The whole turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin, and sweet potato pie may be delicious, but it can be fatal to your pup,” Diamond said news week.

Many people know that chocolate is one food that can be harmful to dogs, but there are others. Seemingly harmless treats like turkey bones, pumpkin pie, and even raisins can be dangerous.

Diamond said: “Greasy leftover food can give your dog pancreatitis, while turkey bones can splinter and tear up your pet’s digestive tract. Even a small raisin can cause kidney failure in your furry friend.

“Pumpkin pie is too sweet for your sweet pie and in large quantities can cause vomiting or diarrhea. If your dog is eyeing your piece of cake, just taste it or give it a simple pumpkin filling,” added Diamond.

prevent begging

Refusing to give your pet food from a holiday dinner is sometimes easier said than done, especially when you’re getting the puppy eyes. Diamond also has some tips on how to deal with a begging animal.

“Be careful and give your pet a sanctuary during Thanksgiving. Your dog may be very calm and happy just with you, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be just as happy at a loud Thanksgiving gathering,” Diamond said.

Wendy Diamond and her dogs
Wendy Diamond and her dogs at a Silicon Valley event honoring her on February 6, 2017 in Los Altos, California. The famous dog trainer told Newsweek about her tips for handling pets this Thanksgiving.
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When you have guests, you can’t always stop them from succumbing to your dog’s begging. To discourage them from sharing food, it’s best to place your pet elsewhere during the meal, Diamond said.

“Remember to keep a close eye on your pooch’s behavior and make sure they have a place to retreat to to find some peace and quiet,” she said.

Hard Puppy Love

If the above advice doesn’t work, what should you do if a dog starts begging at the table? Completely ignore your pet, Diamond advised.

“It’s very important that you don’t look at them or speak to them and make sure all your guests follow this rule, even telling them to stop begging until everyone’s finished eating. I know it’s going to be tough, but even a little peek can encourage them to keep begging as they get an answer from you,” she said.

Diamond is also the founder of Animal Fair Media, an animal welfare and lifestyle media platform launched in 1999 that bridges celebrity and pop culture to support animal rescue and welfare. Celebrities who have appeared on the cover animal fair Magazine include Renée Zellweger, Beyoncé Knowles, Halle Berry, Regis Philbin, Charlize Theron and Pamela Anderson.

Diamond was a regular at today, The view and weekend today. She was also a judge on the short-lived 2008 CBS reality show Biggest American Dog.

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