The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I think what the trainer was refering to was more along the thinking that when dogs are fed at certain times only, they come to see that resources, like food, are controled by you, the pack leader. It is a subtle way to re-inforce your "alphaness". I'm not a fan of freefeeding (wouldn't work with raw, anyways), but it isn't up to me to tell anyone how to raise their dog, and it isn't up to the trainer either.
Now, if you were having rank issues with Kaiya (whick I know you don't), then bringing in a lot more controls into what she can and cannot do would make more sense - like not allowed on the furniture, not allowed through doors ahead of you, not allowed any food unless you personally give it to her. But these measures are not always neccessary, and, for example, my dogs are allowed on the furniture, they are allowed through the door before me, and they eat what I give them because free-feeding would not work in a two-dog three-cat household. But the pack is secure, and it takes only one word from me to get the dogs off the furniture, to get them to stop at the door and wait for a release before they go out, and to wait until I tell them that they can eat.
I think it is jumping to conclusions that your trainer immediately decided that free-feeding will cause big behavioural issues . . . really it is a case-by-case scenario, and with a pup, and no issues so far, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015