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My six-year-old purebred GSD has always stopped to scratch himself when given a command he doesn't want to obey, e.g., when ordered to his kennel after he's tried to mosey over to the dinner table to forage.

In training, when there's the promise of possible treats, he never scratches.

The tendency to stop and scratch seems to have gotten worse just in the past couple of months. His only change in diet was about 1½ years ago when we switched to BARF.

Any suggestions?
 

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Good insights; thank you. I've been reluctant to reward him with treats for turning away from the dinner table on command, because I don't want him to turn me into a treat dispenser just by his approaching the table.

Guess I'll have to figure another way of reinforcing that act (the command is "rug," which means go to your rug in the corner) outside of dinnertime.
 
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