- What you're doing: Positioning or praising a pet while in a bad spot.
- Doggie interpretation: Food, food, food (with a side of "happy puppy voice").
- Translation: There's never really an acceptable reason to sit a dog on your lap at the dinner table — it encourages begging and it's not the proper time for a cuddle. Keep consistency by only playing and praising a pet away from your meals so he doesn't think that's an appropriate time to hop up . . . or more!