karen walnut creek, CA 5/5/2010 4:11:52 PM It's not training the dog that is difficult, it's training the owner who refuses to put in the time and effort to understand their animal companion and to be consistant and patient. My "rescue" dog that's been part of our household for less than 2 years, exhibited all forms of "unacceptable" behavior when I brought her home from the pound. She is now one of the most well adjusted, contented and well mannered dogs around. When asked "how did you ever get her to behave so politely"? I usually answer that did the homework to be able to understand her and that I give her a lot of respect and consistant boundries, and she returns that respect and good behavior. My answer is often met with a blank stare.....and then I notice that the children of the person inquiring are either talking on a cell phone at the table or madly running around the restaurant and disturbing everyone around them........... It's not necessary to pretend to eat dog food. You just always eat your dinner and let the dog wait to be feed until you are finished. Never yell at a dog...it will only confuse the animal and will not prevent the behavior. Always reward positive behavior, immediately. My dog no longer barks or whines, unless someone comes up to our door. When she barks, I go to her and tell her what I good job she's done, thank her, reassure her we are safe, and allow her to be quiet. After all....protecting her home and family is HER JOB.