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At Tess' obedience class last night the instructor was saying that any attention, even negative (holding her paw, telling her no, etc.) is reinforcing the behavior. You think you're showing her you don't like the behavior. She just knows that when she paws at someone, she gets attention, which is what she wanted. For a situation like you're dealing with she was saying you should ignore Sadie when she is doing the pawing and then when she stops you need to praise her (and give her a treat if possible).
(Of course, I can't get Cody to stop lunging for big dogs or barking at them, so you need to take anything I say with a grain of salt.)
Jill - Tess & Cody's mom