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I know this may be a stupid question considering I am talking about a beagle, but my Molly (6 months) gets tough to deal with whenever we are eating in the living room. She will lunge and try to snag food out of our hands and tries to reach food on tv trays (which, when she is fully grown, shouldn't be a problem). My young children are frequently victims of this behavior.

Do I have any hope that she will calm down and grow out of this or have any of you found a training method of dealing with this problem behavior? When I had a cocker spaniel, she eventually learned not to even try to get my food. I knew not to leave something in her reach unattended and she would beg a lot, but I didnt worry about her snatching from me or jumping to take food off my plate.

As it stands now, we have to put her in her kennel whenever we eat anything so I would appreciate any suggestions (if there are any)!

P.S. NO, we do NOT feed her off our plates in case anyone is wondering. She gets dogfood and dog treats ONLY.
 

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Molly knows the "leave-it", sit, and stay commands but requires a lot of attention to maintain in a sit-and-stay position. The lunging and trying to get food occurs so quickly though that there usually isn't time to correct it with a "leave-it".

These are good suggestions though and I guess I need to be more proactive and get her to sit rather than standing at our feet awaiting her opportunity! So you mean it is really possible to get a beagle to sit and stay there for that long of a time??? WOW! Maybe there is hope! :)
 
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