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 Message 1 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nicknamemum_o_four  (Original Message)Sent: 12/31/2008 2:01 AM
Hey all, sorry I've been awol, I had to reformat my hard drive & lost my faves... but I'm back again and I have a PROBLEM!!
Ok, please don't get mad at me for the first part of this but read through & try to help me with the last part ok?
It's a 5 minute walk to our corner store, I take Shelby with me when I'm running over there to grab a bag of milk. I can tie her right out front of the store, up at the window where I can see her clearly at all times. The store employees know us & don't mind me tying her so close, they even keep an eye on her too.
So tonight, I go in the store, grab the milk and as I turn to the counter, I see a man right up at Shelby with a plate of food (from the store - nachos or something). I go right out to him & tell him NOT to feed MY dog. He says ok, sorry. I run back to the counter to pay for the milk (with my debit card so it takes a minute longer) and during this time, the guy is still standing pretty close to Shelby but I don't see him handing her food. As soon as I'm done, I dash out to her & notice she's totally licking her chops and he's now standing a good 10 feet away beside his truck. I then notice he's obviously drunk and he laughs at me that my dog ate HALF his hot dog!!! AUGH!!!!
So I reminded him that I'd asked him not to feed her and that I was not impressed. I tried my best to give him attitude (I'm a super softee and I hate it!!!) and took Shelby home.
Now we feed her table scraps, so I'm not super worried about her getting an upset stomach, but how do I get her to be wary of strangers & NOT take food from them?!
She's 7 1/2 yrs old now, she's spoiled rotten (no, seriously, she IS) and is super friendly to everyone... anyone walking by on the street she's always eager to say hi to. Anyone with food she's more eager to greet, and people are always overly eager to feed my dog... why?!!
So other than the never leave my dog unattended - which I know I should not do, but if I have to - how do I teach her to say NO to strangers?

Jill & the ever so spoiled & now farty Shelby

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 Message 2 of 7 in Discussion 
From: highsierraSent: 12/31/2008 2:31 AM
Yes that's pretty RUDE!  I'd never give someone else's dog food or a treat without their owner's permission first.  Glad she's OK.  Probably really liked the trip to the store, lol.  Modoc would take food from anyone too.

 Message 3 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameClydesMommySent: 12/31/2008 2:33 AM
people shouldn't try to give food and should be scared to get too close. He was just drunk. Stupid fool.

 Message 4 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameGracienmommaSent: 12/31/2008 5:23 AM
Jill, I agree with Rhonda he was just drunk most people have the common sense not to feed others dogs or at least ask for permission prior. We had a fourth of July party and my neighbor cooked up a brisket and some other bbq i tried really hard not to give Gracie any but she was being so good and so many people weren't able to resist the stare I gave a few people the ok to give slight snacks but one guy didn't even ask and tried to plop down a huge plate infront of her. point is you always have to  be carefull the drunks are always stupid

 Message 5 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameBarrettsmyboySent: 12/31/2008 5:46 PM
I agree... he was drunk and stupid. Anyone who loves dogs enough to approach a huge strange dog outside a store must love dogs enough to know that it is NOT ok to feed them whatever they want! I wouldn't be too concerned about leaving her outside the store in the future. As for family and friends, we just keep reminding them that Barrett CAN get at anything on a table, counter, chair,etc and he WILL, and he's not to be eating people food! Passing around the reminder that he will help himself if given the opportunity but is not to be eating it usually is enough to drill in the idea that he's not to be fed people food! We do give him scraps and treats from time to time, but WE are the ones to give it to him and he only gets it when he's in the living room. If he sees us with a little something in our hand and tell him to "go sit" he'll run to the middle of the living room and plant his butt! That is also where he will take anything he steals or is given by someone other than us, so we just keep an eye out for the big dog darting to the living room! He's also not allowed out of his kennel if we're having strangers (pretty much anyone but family and a few friends who are always over and know the Barrett rules!) over or a large group of people, partly because of all the food and the doors opening all the time, but mostly because of his age and he's not always very well behaved yet. He still gets really excited easily and forgets his manners! Any more than like 6-8 people and he's in his kennel. He does get to come up and greet everyone for about an hour or so during the party so everyone gets to see him and he gets attention and whatnot but we are still able to keep an eye on him and what people are doing around him. I think its more important to train the people that interact with your dog than it is to train your dog! More than once I've thought about getting a t-shirt or a little kid craft apron and making Barrett a shirt that says "you can pet me but DO NOT FEED ME without asking my mommy or daddy!!" to wear when we go out or have people over! Brandon just rolls his eyes at me!

 Message 6 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknamekatydogcrazySent: 12/31/2008 7:38 PM
That is so darling that Barrett will take his illegal treasures to his "good boy spot" to eat; he must think you have super powers to keep catching him at it! What a dear boy he is.

On the food from friends and strangers thing, sometimes people, even when not drunk, will just go ahead and feed something to some else's dog. I have a friend, David, with a Jack Russell who has nasty allergies if she gets any grain product. If it looks like someone is wanting to even THINK of feeding her anything, he hollers "Allergies!!". This is pretty funny because he is such a soft-spoken kind of person, but boy does it work. People stop what they are doing. I think I would try this if it is ever an issue with one of my dogs - people won't give you the only-a-tiny-bit argument or try to sneak it in (with them just trying to give the doggie a nice treat).

 Message 7 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameDangerousGuardianDragonSent: 1/1/2009 4:56 PM
You should never allow your dog to take food from strangers.  You have no idea if their are being kind, ignorant or have slipped something in the food.
With Zap, when I am out, he is never allowed to take anything from anyone unless I give the person a treat from his treat bag and hand it to them.  Then he knows that it's OK.  Being a service dog he is allowed in all public access so I don't have to be concerned with him being unattended.
Have always trained all our dogs we have had to not take food from anyone.  Especially if they throw something over the wall into the backyard.  Some people get a real kick out of harming animals.  And I do not want to take any chances with my babies.
Be very careful, no matter how safe the situation appears to be, a person can walk off with your dog in a matter of seconds.  Especially a purebred........

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