Hello everyone! I've come for a bit of advice I currently have three dogs. Hazel, the main problem, who is 2 and some months old. She's a DanexBoxer, and I love her dearly. She's really a joy of a dog, loves to play and be with you, and (generally) listens well. Duke, my five year old Weim. Sweet as can be, spunky, but doesn't like to listen when he's got his mind set on something and is the laziest dog in the universe. And Kitty, the newest addition. About 10-11 weeks old now, he's a LabxWeim. First off....Hazel. Number one she's greedy as heck. If she's eating from her dish, she will growl at other dogs and at you. Duke knows to leave her be, but Kitty the pup is just that, a pup, and he likes to go over and see if she wants to play. She even growls at the kitten when she's eating. If she's chewing on a bone, she'll growl at you and growl and snap at other dogs. I go over and will rub her face, touch her bone, talk with her, etc. She will not snap, but she also should not growl. She steals food she thinks she can get away with, and steals treats from the others. I love her, but this is absolutely unacceptable. I am the head honcho here, not her. She also begs, which I CAN NOT stand. She just started this begging recently. My dad doesn't help in this aspect, as when he has say, a bone-in steak, he just tosses it to the dogs. I'm going to talk with him about this tonight. GIVING the bone is fine, TOSSING the bone is not helping the situation. Today, for instance. She's allowed to roam freely in the house. She not only snagged the last of my breakfast toast, but also ran off with the last bun in the package sitting on the table. She KNOWS this is NOT ALLOWED. When I was eating leftover pork steak for lunch, she sat next to me the entire time, put her head on my arm, et cetra. I scolded her for this and sent her off, only to have her come slinking back and do it again. I will get furious with my dogs, but unless they are REALLY being bad or I need to stop them suddenly, I won't go off and whack them. Hazel, in my opinion, is really asking for it. I tell you go away, you go away, you do not come back until I ask you to. She knows this very well, it isn't anything brand spanking new. Finally, she scoots off and pouts on the other side of the room. After I'm completely done eating, I ask her over, have her sit, and give her a bone to chew on. She doesn't chew, she just swallows and waits for more. I also find this unacceptable behavior. The other dogs do not try to take things from her, I don't take things from her, and she needs to learn to settle down otherwise she's going to choke and die. I send her away again, and offer a large bone to Kitty, who's snoring at my feet. Kitty chews a little on it, but isn't very interested. Hazel comes slinking over again, sticks her head under my desk, SNARLS and SNAPS at Kitty, and tries to take HIS BONE. I EXPLODE at her and banish her from the room. I don't hit her, but I become the Almighty Top Dog From Hell. Five minuets later, she comes slinking back. Kitty's gone back to sleep, bone ignored, and to make a point I have Duke come over (Hazel right on his heels, the begging practically pouring off her). \\I give the bone to Duke, who lays down and gnaws on it, and tell Hazel to go lay down. She honestly has the nerve to try and put her head under the desk again to see if Kitty still has a bone (he doesn't). She's GREAT dog otherwise and I really have no other complaints, just her bad manners. But she listens even when in the front yard, plays very well with Kitty, and doesn't do her business in front of the house or cars, but instead goes to the far end of the yard to do so. She's normally very calm and lovable in the house, just don't eat. She also gets unlimited access to food and water during the day when I'm gone. If I'm here, then it's a bit restricted but she eats more than enough. She also gets loads of attention and running/play time and IS spoiled. I'm talking probably in the range of 2-4 hours (weather depending) of running, jumping, playing, etc. I was thinking of doing the same as what I'm doing with Kitty, Schutzhund styled training. In just two days, Kitty essentially knows when begging is allowed (in Schutzhund, the dog stares at you, this is basically begging in the beginning) and when it is not. The number one difference between true Schutzhund and how Kitty is being trained, is that instead of Protection (trained to attack), he'll be taught how to flush birds and rabbits, track a wounded animal, and retrieve shot game. Is this the right way to go with Hazel? I love her to death, she's smart, fun, and (honestly) my favorite. But this behavior is just not OK in my books! ANNNND....Duke! His only problem is that he likes to chase deer and rabbits, doesn't listen while doing so, and that he's lazy and needs a diet. I'm just not sure how to safely diet him and really encourage him to get active without chasing the deer across the neighbor's pasture (which he can barely do anyways, as clumsy as he is). Duke - Ultimate Apartment Dog. He stays in the yard, listens extremely well, and does play with Kitty a bit so long as there is no rabbits or deer afoot. He doesn't play fetch. Maybe if I put some peanut butter in a ball? Fetch the delicious ball? xD Last but not least, Kitty! Like I said before, I'm training Kitty in a Schutzhund based way. Right now we are on Step 1: Focus and Attention. http://www.schutzhund-training.com/focus.html He's doing very well, and picked up on it in just a couple short sessions. I try to look off into distance, or behind him, instead of straight on into his eyes. It makes rewarding "stare behavior" slightly difficult, but he's learning very well. I have also been encouraging: Always walking with his shoulder level with mine, on the left side. NOT a difficult thing, as he's not excitable, listens well, and doesn't pull on the leash. I just keep it short enough so I can gently correct him. Sitting when I am stopped, when going in or out of the house. and The start of heeling well when called, meaning I call, he comes to the left side and either sits if I am stopped, or walks with me. He got a little confused and looked like a tiny Schutzhund champ today, followed my dads boss around (on the left!) while looking up at him. No idea why! I haven't been actively "Okay, we are going to learn how to walk on the left, on or off the leash". More passively training, over the last few days. Today I took him to the Friday Farm-and-Garden auction at the sale barn. Lots of people and kids, he wasn't overly touched or bothered, but it helped with his confidence a lot. He's quite unsure of new people, and usually skidders away at first. I got down with him and encouraged him to come forward for some pettings. He also picked up on the 'sit when I stop' thing well. I only had to gently remind him the first few times, then he either sat, or if I was taking to long, flopped down on the cool grass. It was quite sunny (he was offered water every 20 minuets or so) and he also displayed excellent behavior when I left him laying under a trailer (leash on) in the shade. I was just a few feet away, talking with some other people, but he didn't stray and came over if he felt nervous. Can't stand to see me walk off, or be out of sight yet. Left him with my dad to get some tea, and he cried the whole time. He has not been started on 'Stay' just yet, and doesn't quite understand that if I'm off elsewhere, it's still okay. Fine in the house, and is perfect outside in the yard (just lays under the porch or picnic table). But in the new and strange environment of the sale, he didn't like to see me go. Any training tips for him? I've been pretty well and going with that one website, but someone might have even better advice.