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My dog she's almost a year old now, (beagle/boston terrier) she's a docile calm dog, quiet and playful, good with everyone, kids, dogs, just is a bit protective of her space from strangers, notably at home or in our vehicle.

Anyways I've noticed she's done this act a few times the past few months, it's partly my fault for giving her some bread sometimes. But with my kids she's jumped up on them trying to snatch their food/bread, to no harm.

But today at the park, I told her to sit, she did so I gave her a piece of bread, moments later, as my dad was holding a sandwich & walking the dog she out of nowhere jumped up and tried to snatch my dads sandwich from him, but ended up biting deeply into my dad's hand and he had to get stitches, so yeah now it's a concern for this behavior.

What can I do to train her to stop jumping up on people and trying to take their food?
 

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Reinforce the behaviors you want rather than correct the behaviors you don't want.

Pax is trained that the ONLY time he gets ANY people food is if he is in a lie/stay position. I knew I did not what a begging dog and so far it was worked great. If he is up and sniffing, zero food. As soon as he is down in a lie position...food is coming his way.
 

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I taught my dog to have a default leave it. If I didn't say she could have it, that just means it's off limits. I taught her this through the Its Yer Choice game.
 

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Hmm good advice, I read elsewhere another tip is to train to understand 'wait' and 'take'.

hold a treat in front of dog, close hand and say wait, then open hand and say 'take', repeat this process till the dog doesn't lick/jump up onto you or your hand for the treat.
 

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I agree with the suggestions here. I would also say, that until you have a good impulse control of the dog with leave it or "I have to lie down to get it" or whichever option or options you choose, avoid the situation alltogether. So what I mean is, do not walk the dog with food in your hand. Do not let the dog physically near you when you are eating. This way you minimize the risk of accidents happening again, but also minimize the risk of the bad behavior being rewarded (which it will be if the dog manages to obtain food this way).
 

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My policy on this is strict differentiation between what I eat and what my dog(s) eat. I do this for their good (most bread isn't terribly great for humans, less so for dogs), and for discipline (no begging at the table, no snagging of food from me or other humans). Even when giving my dogs their food, they don't have it until I signal they can go at it. This may sound draconian to some, but this is an area where things can get out of control quickly, as you've experienced.

OTOH, I wouldn't classify this biting incident as serious. From what you describe, he wasn't intentionally going after the human, but after the sandwich, and just missed.
 

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If your dog is jumping up, simply turn and walk away. Ignore him, no eye contact, no speaking and no touching.
Continue to ignore and then after your dog has calmed down, wait for 5 minutes and then call him to you.
If he does not stop then isolate your puppy by either leaving the room or by putting the puppy in another room.
 
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