Before you begin to retrain your dog in order to eliminate this behavior, it is very important to first realize where it came from in the first place. The fact is that if your dog has never been given food from the table, it is unlikely that he would waste his time begging. If the behavior had never been rewarded it probably would not continue.
Too often these people have used the "come" command in so many unsuccessful circumstances that it has lost meaning. In this case we need to start from scratch and build a dependable foundation.
There are laws and related regulations that require dog owners to keep their barking dogs, or rather their dogs’ barking, under control. These generally relate to “nuisance” in the form of noise.
With dogs or puppies that actually snap at your hand when you get near them, you need to try a different approach. At meal times, take his bowl and place it on the table, out of his reach but within his sight.
First of all your dog isn’t really pulling on the leash so much as she’s being pulled by things in the environment that stimulate and attract her instincts.
If your dog is scared of strangers, do not be discouraged. With proper socialization, obedience training, and leadership (from you, the alpha dog), your canine can overcome his fear of strangers, and become your calm, confident companion.
Colleen Pelar, CPDT, is the author of Living with Kids and Dogs.
Article: A New Dog with Old Kids
© 2013 Professor's House - All rights reserved.