How do I train my one-year-old Labrador to behave well and not to steal food from plates?


Labradors are greedy eaters and they take every opportunity to eat or steal food if not well trained. They may do it for variety of reasons such as boredom, lack of attention or separation anxiety, to name a few. Make sure you follow discipline in feeding number of meals/treats and timings. Engage him with plenty of exercise, toys and play. Take him out for regular walks and train him using commands like ‘leave it’ that may work in some cases. Make sure that you reward immediately for his good behaviour following the command. Take all preventive measures by keeping away any food accessible to him. Some pet parents use lemon or pineapple juice to make food distasteful—give it a try!

Question by – Jarmanjeet Kaur, Patiala