I’m walking Coco tonight, and he spies an old man on the sidewalk ahead of us. His ears perk up, along with his head, and his gait becomes a little agitated. I tell him “Cool it, boy, we’ll feed you later. ”
Feeding a dog, or the proto-dog, the wolf, is where it began. A dog that feeds itself looks upon you, not as the guy with the sack of Purina Dog Chow, but as a meal. Multiply that dog into a pack, and humans are canine fricassee. It’s the feeding that short-circuits all that.
Domesticating an animal is a short-circuiting routine. You are stunting their growth into fully-grown, mature animals. Adult dogs rip your throat out when they get hungry. Better feed that animal if you want him to stick around.
Need a little proof of what I say? Try not feeding your dog for a spell. They’ll begin circling your easy chair, figuring out exactly where your weak spot is. Where to chomp. Hey, just put one on a diet, and they’ll look upon you as a traitor, and we all know what happens to Benedict Arnolds!
Now, an immature, stunted-in-growth dog is a wondrous thing. A friend for the ages. Man’s best friend. Roll her over on her back and rub her belly. That’s the proof that you’ve got a tame dog. Only puppies roll over and wait to get scratched.