Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. I've had really great advice from this forum before, so thought i'd try my luck with the one and only thing that we're left struggling with: Begging for, and stealing food! Our 15 month old black Lab Murphy has always been food-orientated (are there any that aren't??) and we have never given in to his attempts at begging while we are eating, or given him food other than during his own meal times or treats for training/good behaviour. Yet he still, at every meal time (unless he is absolutely exhausted and fast asleep somewhere), insists on begging. He will move around the table trying his luck with each of us - soppy eyes, resting his chin on our laps or worse, the table, pushing his nose/mouth up to the table to try and lick whatever's there, if we move away from the table for any reason, he will try and climb up to reach whatever is there. It's relentless! Our approach has been to try and ignore entirely, but when he starts to get closer and closer we have to move him away. If there are kids eating with us, it's virtually impossible for us to avoid him taking food from their hands or plates. We have tried making him stay in his bed while we eat with one of his favourite toys or treats, but it never lasts. We have tried shutting him in another room while we eat but he just cries and cries, and to be honest we don't want to adopt this approach - he is a family dog and we want him around, but with a baby on the way we desperately want to curb this behaviour so that I don't have to constantly fend him off! The worst-case scenario is that we have actually found him, all fours, up on the dining table helping himself to plates if we leave the table for a couple of minutes. He is, otherwise, incredibly well behaved but I would appreciate any advice on how to nip this in the bud. Thanks so much in advance.