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 is warning people against sharing.

If you're facing an excitable pup who's begging for food from the table, she has tips on how to handle your pet and what food it should steer clear of.

An author, entrepreneur and reality-TV personality, Diamond is also the 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 during this holiday season.

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A combination photo of Wendy Diamond with dogs and a Thanksgiving turkey. The celebrity dog-trainer, author and entrepreneur has advice on how to handle your pets at the meal table during this holiday season. Jared Siskin/Getty Images

What Not to Feed Your Dog

"All that turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and sweet potato pie may be delicious, but it can be deadly for your pup," Diamond told Newsweek.

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

Diamond said: "Fatty table scraps can give your dog pancreatitis, while turkey bones can splinter and tear your pet's digestive tract. Even a little raisin can cause kidney failure in your furry friend.

"Pumpkin pie is too sweet for your sweetie pie and can cause vomiting or diarrhea in large quantities. If your dog is eyeing your slice of pie, just give them a taste or give them plain pumpkin filling," Diamond added.

How to Prevent Begging

Refusing to give your pet food from a holiday meal is easier said than done at times, especially when you get the puppy-dog eyes. Diamond also has some tips on how to deal with a begging animal.

"Be careful and give your pet a getaway space during Thanksgiving. Your dog may be very placid and happy when they are just with you, but that doesn't mean they will be equally as happy at a loud Thanksgiving gathering," Diamond said.

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Wendy Diamond and her dogs at a Silicon Valley event honoring her on February 6, 2017, in Los Altos, California. The celebrity dog-trainer has told Newsweek of her tips for dealing with pets at Thanksgiving. Trisha Leeper//Getty Images

If you have guests over, you can't always keep them from succumbing to your dog's begging. To stop them from sharing food, it's best to put your pet somewhere else during the meal, Diamond said.

"Remember to keep a careful eye on the behavior of your pooch, and make sure they have a place they can escape to for some peace and quiet," she said.

Tough Puppy Love

If the aforementioned advice doesn't work, what should you do when a dog starts begging at the table? Ignore your pet completely, Diamond advised.

"It's very important you do not look or talk to them and be sure all your guests follow this rule, even to tell them to stop begging until everyone has finished eating. I know it will be rough, but even a slight glance can encourage them to keep begging, as they're getting a response from you," she said.

Diamond is also the founder of Animal Fair Media, an animal charity and pet 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 of Animal Fair magazine include Renée Zellweger, Beyoncé Knowles, Halle Berry, Regis Philbin, Charlize Theron and Pamela Anderson.

Diamond has been a regular guest on Today, The View and Weekend Today. She was also a judge on the short-lived 2008 CBS reality show Greatest American Dog.