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If you are eating, your puppy is going to be naturally curious about what is going into your mouth.
Your puppy needs to understand that although they are part of the family, they are not in fact, human.
Eating at the same time can confuse a small puppy into thinking they should be eating the same food that you are.
Make sure you have a treat ready for him in your other hand, but don’t let him see this one. Usually, once the dog realizes he can’t get at the treat, he’ll stop pawing after a few seconds. You should eventually be able to just show him your closed hand and say “leave it” for him to obey. With enough repetitions, your dog should learn to look at you when you say “leave it” in anticipation of a tasty treat, ignoring the bait treat altogether. Tell your dog to “leave it.” Using the command you’ve taught your dog, show your dog the gesture as you say “leave it” in a firm (but not yelling) voice. Feeding your cat in a “timed feeding” session can help you manage your cat’s eating habits. Regardless of how you feed your pets (free feed or on schedule), make sure fresh clean water is available at all times.
This version of How to Keep Your Dog from Eating Your Cat's Food was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on July 19, 2015.
Cat food generally contains higher levels of things like protein, vitamin A, and taurine.[1] If your dog eats too much cat food, your cat could end up malnourished and your dog could become overweight or suffer kidney stress from the extra protein. The goal with “leave it” is to teach your dog to leave things alone that you don’t want him to mess with.

Because your dog knows there’s a treat inside your fist, he will probably try to get to it. As soon as your dog stops trying to get at the treat in your fist, praise him and give him the treat you were holding in your other hand. Praise him and give him a treat as soon as he stops trying to get at the treat in your fist. As soon as your dog stops going for the bait treat, praise him enthusiastically and give him a “high-value” reward treat as you remove the bait treat from the floor. When your dog is responsive to the “leave it” command with the treat on the floor, it’s time to try it standing up. To effectively train your dog to not eat the cat food, you have to wait until he actually does it to discipline him. If your dog does not respond, you may need to use other tactics to create a negative association between an unpleasant (but not harmful) experience and eating cat food. Yelling at your dog is ineffective, as he is unlikely to make the connection between you yelling and his eating. The ASPCA recommends that you feed your cat twice a day in controlled portions.[15] This helps your cat avoid overeating. There are several feeding “puzzle” games that you can purchase (or make at home) that will turn your cat’s mealtime into a fun game. Putting the dog and cat food next to each other could lead to the dog scaring away the cat and taking his food. Cats can usually reach higher areas than dogs can, so take advantage of this by placing your cat's food out of the dog's reach. This will give the cat room to squeeze through, but your dog won't be able to unless he's very small.

Some dogs may sit in wait for the feeder to open for the cat, then bully the cat out of the way.
If your dog has a habit of pestering your cat, it might be good to give the cat a room to himself. Your pet can wait several hours between meals, but needs frequent drinks of water throughout the day. As they learn about their environment and begin eating solid food, puppies might decide that they don’t want to eat dry dog food.
To accomplish this, you will train him that he will get something better (a tasty treat) when he “leaves it” as you command. Tell your dog “leave it” just as before, but this time, hold your hand about an inch or so above the bait treat so that he can see it, but not get at it. This will help teach him that you have better treats than he can get on his own, and he will not get them unless he obeys. If your cat struggles to finish eating before the dog comes and takes his meal, try switching to wet food. Place his food, water, litter box, and toys in here and block off the entrance with a gate that your dog can't get over or under.
Her favorite article she’s worked on is How to Keep Cats Out of the House, and her favorite article on wikiHow is How to Care for a New Cat. Whether it is too hard or simply unappealing to your dog, there are tricks to get your puppy to eat dry dog food that you can try.

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