Train the Trainers
I am pleased to see the amazing health improvements that result from your pets eating our diets. That is the key to my concern; in order for the diet to do its magic, the dog has to be able to consume the product. This has historically never been an issue because the palatability of my formulas has been far superior to most other products on the market.
Train the Trainers
I’m embarrassed to admit that I have been a victim of, “Train the Trainer” syndrome. Let me start from the beginning so you will understand my dilemma. 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 over the years, I am pleased to see the amazing health improvements that result from your pets eating our diets. That is the key to my concern; in order for the diet to do its magic, the dog has to be able to consume the product. This has historically never been an issue because the palatability of my formulas has been far superior to most 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 happy dance for you. I have observed this dance so many times that I now expect it 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.
These are the most common reasons for the turn off, but today, I have to share another reason that I have discovered with my own dog. Can you imagine being the developer of a diet that your own dog refuses to eat? My dog is a Maltese/Yorkie mix that has obviously learned the “Train the Trainer” trick.
She is smart as a whip and has quickly learned that by training us to feed her from the table, she gets a more enjoyable meal. She doesn’t really beg for food but her eyes tell the story that she is hungry and my wife gives in to her and slips her the desired morsels (okay…I do too). So, as a result, she is less likely to find her bowl of nuggets to be her food of choice.
I preach to everyone not to fall into this trap and now find myself a victim of the process. We have decided to try and UN-train her from doing this but since we have been trained so well by her, we are finding she is smarter than we are. We are making some headway by putting her food down and if she doesn’t eat the food right away we take it away from her and put it back in the refrigerator and then put it out for her a while later. Now she is starting to get the hint that if she refuses her meal, that she will be going without until the next time. It’s time to un-train the trainer. Has anyone else had to go through the un-training process?
We also have some amazing picky eater tips that one of our Raw Food Specialists at BARF World® would be happy to share with you.
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Robert Mueller, Sr.
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!
"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!