|Barked: Mon Dec 24, '12 4:21pm PST |
|Imagine for a moment that every day you eat 3 balanced meals, all very bland in flavor. All you know is bland food. Then one day, someone offers you something juicy and flavorful. It's amazing, and you want more! As you are offered more of it, how will you react?
The flavorful food is high value. You value it because it tastes better, and you would take it over the bland food any day. If someone tries to take it from you, you'd probably become angry.
Resource guarding over raw diets is very common. Please don't let this turn you away from the benefits of the diet. Both of my dogs developed it over the raw diet, but since I first encountered it, I've taken steps to make sure it never harms us or our dogs.
First, understand that your dog has the right to eat in peace. I feed my dogs in separate crates and once the food goes in, I leave them alone until they're done.
Second, never plan meals that you know you will have to retrieve mid-way, and if you must, then have a back-up plan. The only meals I had to retrieve with Charlie were whole rabbits. To do so, I had my husband assist me in a trade-off which caused Charlie to leave his crate, and then I only retrieved the raw food when Charlie was outside of the room, behind a closed door. Never risk your own safety.
If you follow simple precautions, the diet doesn't have to be dangerous for anyone.
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