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Don't allow him to beg for food. Doing this gives him impression that it's okay to whine to get what he wants.
If and when a dog should bite you, and you have had this dog and don't believe him to be wild or sick, then you have to take action to ensure he knows that it will not be accepted. (If there is any indication of disorientation of your dog at this time, call a vet. Dogs can bite if they are sick, hurt or scared. You should seek professional advice.)
Appropriate action would not be to scold or hit dog but rather to grab his head firmly, not in anger or rage but in calm control, and bite him on ear. Don't try to break skin or really hurt dog. You are just making a point here that you are leader and he needs to respect you.
It is also highly recommended that you train your dog to walk with you on a leash, at your heel level. This puts dog in an active submissive role on a regular basis and helps you to enforce that you are boss.
I would suggest getting a book or training video to get more details on topic, or research dog forums for advice from other owners who prefer to train themselves and not send their dogs to obedience school.
Remember that if you want to be top dog, you have to take control. Leadership is essential in a dog's life. You are one who gets to choose who that leader is.
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Tina Spriggs is an expert dog lover whose lifelong interest in canines provides the motivation for her site. To learn more about dogs or to find gifts and toys for them visit her site at Dog Gifts and Toys for Dog Lovers.
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