|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 10:25pm PST |
|Wow G2-unethical? Really? To allow a dog the opportunity to do something they enjoy, only to follow it up with something else they enjoy? Yeah, sounds downright amoral!
Although it seems ridiculous to have to write this, apparently it's necessary for me to assure you that I would not allow my dog to starve!
It's funny, because I've seen people criticized, many times, for using treats to "bribe" their dog. Yet when I say I use kibble, I'm viewed as cruel for expecting my dog to work for food! Which is it? A bribe or a paycheck? Can't have it both ways...
I don't always have the time to hand-feed Lupi. Sometimes, I'm sick or super-busy and she has to eat out of a dish like a normal dog. And she will; trust me-this dog will not turn down food! But she doesn't prefer it that way. She always sits, expectantly, waiting for something way more fun to happen. I usually give in and grab a few from the dish, get her to do whatever trick she's into at the moment, and reward her before I leave. Or at the very least, I'll throw them around the room for her to "hunt".
Whether this is because of her strong prey drive, or because she gets to spend more time with me, or just because she finds dish-food boring, I don't know. But there is no question as to which method of feeding she would find more "cruel"
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