It’s Not Too Late To Train The Trainer

I must admit that I have been a victim of the “train the trainer” syndrome. I like many, have been guilty of spoiling my dog more than I should.

Robert Mueller · February 04, 2020

It’s Not Too Late To Train The Trainer

I must admit that I have been a victim of the “train the trainer” syndrome. I like many, have been guilty of spoiling my dog more than I should.

I am one of the founding owners of BARF® World Inc. and am responsible for formulating the current BARF® World raw meat diets. I have been manufacturing and selling these formulas for over 40 years and have been pleased to see the amazing health improvements that result from eating our diets. This is key to my concern; in order for the diet to do its magic, the dog has to be able to consume the product.

Historically this has never been an issue because the palatability of my formulas has been far superior to most any other products on the market. In fact, most dogs will perform what we call the, “pet patty dance.” This happens when the refrigerator door is opened at feeding time and the dogs, in a display of excitement, do their dance for you. I have observed this dance so many times that I now expect this to happen when any new customer starts to feed one of our raw meat diets.

Once in a while we are faced with a customer whose pet decides to play hardball. A dog may choose not to eat our diet for several reasons:

  • Maybe the dog is an exceptionally picky eater and has been enticed to eat the tasty fat sprays that the kibble diet manufacturers use.
  • Maybe there is an underlying medical issue that has created a reduced desire to eat anything.
  • Maybe the dog is turned off because of the consistency or the texture of the product.

I’d like to share another reason I have discovered with my own dog years ago. Can you imagine being the developer of a diet that your own dog refuses to eat? My dog was a Maltese/Yorkie mix that has obviously learned the “train the trainer” trick.

She was smart as a whip and quickly learned that by training my family to feed her from the table, she enjoyed more then her share at meal time. She was not much of a begger for food but her eyes told the story that she was hungry and my wife would give in to her and would slip her the desired morsels (okay…I do too). So, as a result, she was less likely to find her bowl of nuggets to be her food of choice.

I preach to everyone not to fall into this trap which I found myself fell victim of the process.  After all the stares and puppy eyes my beloved pup gave me, I finally decided to put an end to the madness. I decided to UN-train her from doing this but since we have been trained so well by her, we were finding she was smarter than were. We made some headway by putting her food down and if she didn’t eat the food right away we would take it away from her and put it back in the refrigerator and then put it out for her a while later. This did the trick and she started to get the hint. If she refused her meal, she began to learn that she will be going without until the next time. It’s time to un-train the trainer.

Raw Food Tip:

Many pet owners settle on an inexpensive commercial pet food their dog or cat seems to love, and they feed that food — and only that food — for long periods of time. Eventually, many pets develop sensitivities to certain ingredients in the food, often the protein source.

- The BARF World Team


Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!


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"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!