As long as food is involved, dogs will never have dignity. That whole "roll over, beg, heel" thing throws dignity right out the window.
Maybe it's just the difference of where you grew up and what kind of dogs you grew up with. The dogs I grew up with were big working dogs (big sheppards, malamutes, ridgebacks etc.) most were used in hunting, protection (my sheppard was a trained attack dog, used to go hunting with my old man, etc.).
Begging, rolling over, etc. just didn't enter into their doggy vocabularies. Try and taunt my dog with a piece of meat and you'd recieve a very intense stare that conveyed the thought of, 'Well, bub, we can do this easy way or the hard way. The easy way is you just drop the meat and that's that. Keep on taunting me and maybe I'll just take your hand off at the wrist. It's your move'
Maybe also given the fact that my dog literally saved my ass on three occasions , I never felt inclined to submit him to that sort of humiliation, or to prop up my own ego by lording over him that I was the alpha (truth was my pop was the alpha anyway).
Maybe it's entirely irrational on my part, but I hate seeing people dress up their dogs (bandanas, etc.), or making them do stupid tricks or beg. To me that just smacks of low self-esteem.
Ketchup? Catsup? Ketchup? Catsup? Oh dear, I'm in over my head.
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