This is a common reason for your dog’s undivided attention. You and your plate settle at your kitchen table, or on your couch, and your dog takes up space right next to you, nose inches from your meal, eyes in full-blown cute mooch mode.
“Dogs stare at you while you eat because they want what you’re eating. In the wild, dogs stare at the pack leader as he eats,” according to Rehome from Adopt-A-Pet.
If it learns that staring at you during your meals results in getting a tasty treat off your plate, your dog is unlikely to stop using its puppy dog eyes. The best way to cut down on unwanted staring during dinner is to never feed your dog from your plate or table. This way, you’re not rewarding the behaviour.
Give your dog something else to do instead: send it to its bed or give it a coveted toy that it only gets during human meal time. It can help to feed your dog before you eat so it’s not hungry and can be more easily distracted with a toy or command.