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  • Why we are told to practice putting our hand in the dog’s food is beyond me. There aren’t any animals in the wild that I’m aware of that do this with each other. A mother may comfort her young while she is nursing but animals allow their young and submissive to eat when the adults are done. The adults don’t go back in and “test” their young by seeing if they can move back in on the food. I know what you’re going to say - “but what if my toddler, baby, or young child is walking by the dog eating and they accidentally reach into the dog’s food”? Then that’s just bad supervision on the parents part. The child is doing something wrong and when the dog bites the child it will be the dogs fault not the parent who ultimately failed the child. Feed your dog in a different room, feed them in a crate, or feed them in the basement just give them space. It’s your job to let your dog eat in peace. We’ve all heard “Let a sleeping dog lie”, we should also say “let a feeding dog feed”. I’ve never put my hand into Jemma’s food, this was my first time doing it and I won’t ever be doing it again. I did it only to take the picture. Her food is her food once I provide it to her.
  • Why we are told to practice putting our hand in the dog’s food is beyond me. There aren’t any animals in the wild that I’m aware of that do this with each other. A mother may comfort her young while she is nursing but animals allow their young and submissive to eat when the adults are done. The adults don’t go back in and “test” their young by seeing if they can move back in on the food. 
I know what you’re going to say - “but what if my toddler, baby, or young child is walking by the dog eating and they accidentally reach into the dog’s food”? Then that’s just bad supervision on the parents part. The child is doing something wrong and when the dog bites the child it will be the dogs fault not the parent who ultimately failed the child. Feed your dog in a different room, feed them in a crate, or feed them in the basement just give them space. It’s your job to let your dog eat in peace. We’ve all heard “Let a sleeping dog lie”, we should also say “let a feeding dog feed”. I’ve never put my hand into Jemma’s food, this was my first time doing it and I won’t ever be doing it again. I did it only to take the picture. Her food is her food once I provide it to her.
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