|Barked: Tue Dec 31, '13 11:36am PST |
|No chance it's a coyote? They will do exactly what you're describing, hanging around, stealing scraps, avoiding people and only showing up in bad weather. And they look an awful lot like skinny Shepherd dogs.
Even if it's a coy-dog, it may be in his best interest to leave him alone and let him do his own thing. Coy-dogs are frequently more feral than domestic.
If you're sure a domestic dog and willing to put the time in, feeding and bringing him closer to the house will help. Make yourselves present in the yard, so he's getting used to you as well as the house.
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