It really doesn’t matter what I put in my mouth, my dog wants it. I actually have started to feel guilty eating when she is sitting there staring at me – as if she’s been starved and the last food on the planet is going into my mouth.
I read recently that there are a few reasons as to why my dog may be trying to eat my food:
- The first reason is the obvious one, not getting enough food in their diet. This is NOT the case.
- Medical reasons. Nope.
- My food smells good. Really? Does she really know when I am having lemon crusted tilapia verses a fake cheese sandwich? I highly doubt it.
- My dog sees that I am enjoying my food and wants to partake because if it looks delicious to me, she trusts me and wants to partake. WTF?
The thing is, she’s not barking or making noises. She’s just looking at me. With those eyes. My neighbor told me that in the wild, dogs stare at the pack leader as he eats. This is how they let him know they are hungry and hope to get his scraps. You’re the pack leader, and they are hoping you’ll share your meal. Ahh, I’m a pack leader. I’m liking this more and more.
Still, it’s a pain in the ass and I find myself trying to think of ways to keep her busy so I can eat without that guilt. I remember doing this when my three were under three. I went through a lot of Cheerios as they were thrown, eaten and smashed so I could have five minutes to eat my food!
Yesterday I tried a new plan – ghosting! I just ignored her while I was eating. I didn’t look at her or acknowledge her. I tried to turn my back on her but she got up and came to my other side, sat down and stared. That s***! But in the end, she put her head down and slept until I was done. Good lord – this is a lot of work. Wonder what she’ll do when I open up that bottle of wine!
Have a great day everyone!