no , leave the dog alone when eating , your trainer is promoting problems -- ". But she's had us play with his ears while he eats, pet him, tug his skin lightly to avoid food aggression later on" Digestion happens best when there is no stress !!!!! Eat on the run , while multi-tasking , late , see what happens . I think you have real life experience .
oh no "The idea she's used for 15 years and has worked for her dogs is that dogs have pressure points on the snout in a certain location, and as pups, the mother will lightly press to discourage behavior she doesn't agree with. Not much pressure but enough to get the point across and only up to about 9 or 10 weeks. And she only recommends it be used to discourage one behavior....using teeth on humans, in any manner."
I have twice the years experience and have put in dozens of dogs into police programs , including heavy duty maximum prison canines , rcmp, personal protection for business leaders, recording artists , etc , therapy , SAR , and so on and so forth and have never employed any of the nonsense your training is advicing , I mean never , and never will in future . Look what is possible All Things "Dog": POST 1 - Raising the Ideal K9 Partner and the Perfect Companion
--- this dog MAY already have a placement in service --- here you can see good leadership AND the dog has choice , and THINKS , uses intelligence to make the choice . Your example of the leadership in a fighting force may be, no make that stronger, is necessary in that situation , there is no choice for dissension or alternative , which can lead to disastrous results, as can the unquestionable following of orders . In your military example there are severe , harsh , penalties for not following orders , that to maintain order . Both "sides" used it , for good or evil .
I don't feed where they sleep ? They eat where ever I give food , which may be a chicken frame tossed into the field , dog finds it , brings it to eat under shade of tree while I pluck weeds (won't win that one)