I have a confession. I sometimes feed my dogs from the table. When I go out to eat with my dog we are sharing quality time, and a meal together. So as long as my dog is quiet and calm and settled, he gets to share my food or he gets a Kong of his own to enjoy. Here’s the delicious Jellybean having lunch with me today at Sally’s Coffee Shop in Warwick Bridge.
I don’t do this at home and since he’s never been fed from the table there, he never bothers me there. Dogs are contextual learners. Where they learn something, is intrinsically part of what they’re learning. You’re allowed to have your own rules for your dog. Don’t let anyone tell you that something shouldn’t be allowed because of stupid outdated theories of dominance or leadership.
Jellybean and are are buddies and just like I wouldn’t tolerate being treated a certain way by my human friends, I equally expect my dog friends to respect the boundaries I lay down as part of our friendship. But being buddies for me means it’s ok to share food sometimes.