It can be hard to resist your dog’s sad eyes when he or she is begging for a taste of your food, but it will be better for him in the long run if you deny him the treat. Some human food is loaded with fat, grease, and spices that can cause dogs to have upset stomachs, bloating, and gas. It can even lead to pancreatitis. Other foods are seriously dangerous, including alcoholic beverages, caffeine, chocolate, fat trimmings, raisins and grapes, chicken and turkey bones, onions, macadamia nuts, salt, and sugar. These foods can cause serious health problems and even be toxic.

If you can’t resist the urge to treat your dog from the table, try offering vegetables, such as broccoli and carrots. But your better course of action is to stop the begging altogether. Do not reward your pet with human food. You can also feed your dog at the same time you eat, but in a different part of the house. Finally, you can get a toy to offer your dog when he begins to beg for food.