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    Default Food Obsessed Labradors

    I have stopped giving any lab at the off leash spot treats. Other dogs may get lucky if they are polite and their owner agrees. But no labs! I am using mostly cooked liver as treats these days and the labs can smell them from miles away and will come running up to me and very often just tug at the treat bag. They are very persistent and I have to completely blank them for a few minutes (while their owners call them in vain and get all embarassed) before they finally give up.

    But yesterday I saw the ultimate example of just how food obsessed they are! There was a woman walking 3 labs or lab crosses. One of them came running up immediately when he smelled the treats and tried to grab the treat bag. I ignored him until he went away. The other was a pup and didn't know what was going on. The third one was old and completely blind.

    The blind dog walked straight up to me - from about 20 metres away across the grass - and walked straight into my legs before lifting his head to sniff out the treats!

    I couldn't resist, I sneakily gave him one and off he trotted following his owner's voice.

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    to be honest, it would never ever occur to me to "treat" someone elses animal, and I would be very upset if anyone else ever gave my dog a "treat" while we were at the park/on a walk.
    We have a scent obsessed beagle who I am sure could smell them out. Labs and beagles are prone to wt gain also.

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    I once gave a treat to a amstaff puppy a while ago at the dog park we used to go to every sunday. (After asking their owner of course) She went absolutely crazy, very food aggressive. Snatched it out of my hand nipping my fingers and stood over it growling at all the other dogs around her nipping and growing at the air.

    It was quite scary to be honest as she was so young ( Around 4 months at the time) and to see this usually so playfull happy puppy go nuts!

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    I always ask and then give the treat to the owner to feed it lol I like my fingers so unless I know the dog and owner I would never give a treat without asking. Zeke is on a restrictive diet to find out what is setting his skin off, lol I would throttle anyone giving him a treat, eww just the thought of having another two weeks added on to a restricted diet for a very food driven dog is enough, he thinks his throat has been cut because he can't have his favourite jerky treats at the moment.
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    I only very rarely do it in some circumstances.

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    I have only ever done this at Obedience lessons.
    Even gave the owner a few to get their dog in line a little easier.
    But we don't have these open parks for dogs here so I wouldn't have a clue about them one little bit.
    But as a kid we had a Lab and he was a fatty.
    It was far from his fault, as he had 6 kids feeding him and I never seen him turn up his nose to any.
    But I remember him being this garbage disposal unit. He could put it away.
    A great dog and his name was Rusty, he was a good mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I only very rarely do it in some circumstances.
    At our dog park everyone kinda knew each other and it wasnt unusual for treats to be given out. In saying that with the fenced off park people, like myself, learn pretty quickly not to bring treats as you are swarmed by pushy pooches!
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    I've never given treats to other's dogs, but then we don't really go to dog parks! Our neighbour use to throw dog bone shaped biscuits over the fence to Harley, they had never asked us about it until after they had been doing it for a while. I don't think I really minded cause she really loved Harley and would talk to him and keep him company through the fence when we were at work.

    Now though I don't think I would be too happy with it cause you don't know what people's intentions are, but our new neighbours aren't really interested in our dogs.

    Those lab's sound like little piggies though.

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    Those liver treats are "trouble".......LOL.......I have the same at training, usually a few noses follow my bag and surprisingly enough a few of those noses are labradors and beagles
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    I had to tell a woman that it was ok to let her lab off the lead the other day because she was so embarassed about his begging. It took me at least 2 minutes of avoiding eye contact while he heeled next to me before he finally gave up.

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