- 12 Apr 2019
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I do the same (can't have 50kg of excited dog leaping around the house at feeding time - things get broken). However, anyone who says that they can train a dog not to take food from a stranger has never owned a lurcher.Fairly basic dog training to get your dog to only take food on command, and from people it knows. My Dobermans would sit in front of their bowls drooling, with a pained " come on dad what's the hold up here? " expression on their faces, but wouldn't touch it until they were told.
There is a marked difference between the mentality of german breeds and other dogs - that standing-to-attention, whatever the boss says, slave plantation approach. I am used to dogs with a more individual way of thinking. We always had lurchers and longdogs growing up, and they are really dim - greyhounds can run fast in in a circle, but brains are heavy, so no need to carry dead weight. Currently I have the local equivalent of an anatolian sheepdog, and they don't work for the owner - they work with you. Having said that, he is one of the very few dogs I have owned with an ability to recall - handy because he really does like to play with traffic - his favourite thing in all the world is to bounce motorbikes, because it is such fun.