Of course, this is easier said than done. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower and it also takes a bit of time.
Here are the steps to follow:
1. Decide what foods your Pug is allowed and not allowed to eat.
While main meals are important, snacks
and treats play a huge role in health as well. In fact, for some dogs that constantly beg for treats or their owner's food, they may be given so much that they eat less at meal time, essentially taking in more calories due to snacks than meals.
Reassess your Pug's snacks. Keep what he really loves (or obtain better ones). Have special ones reserved for rewarding good behavior (following commands, house training
, etc.) and others as fillers between mealtimes.
If there are certain foods that your Pug dog begs for that you feel are okay for him to eat, it is best to work these into his meals. For example, if he always begs for a piece of a banana any time you peel one or barks to be given some tuna fish, add a bit of that food into his kibble. Just be sure it is a food that is safe for canine consumption and is relatively healthy and low in calories. This way, you can stay strong while training to stop begging, since you'll know that he's receiving the food in his bowl.
2. Everyone in the house must be in agreement.
All people in the household must be on the same page that training to stop begging is about to begin. Dogs are very clever and if there is a weak link in the chain, your Pug will find it. If you and three others stick to the plan, but that forth person can't stand it and slips the Pug food, the entire training effort will be done in vain.