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That its the end of the world. Zombies are running around/nuclear winter/insert an apocalypsis of your choice. You are very hungry and so is your dog. You have some luck and find a bag of chips/pack of cheese etc. There is not enough for you two. You give a small piece to your dog maybe and start eating the rest. What will your dog do?

The reason im asking - the other day Ella had very little breakfast (only a small raw bone, we were out of food) and when i got home in the evening i couldnt feed her right away because she gets homecooked food and i had to cook it (she had to wait until it was cooked). Meanwhile her food cooked, i had some salad for dinner. Now i hadnt eaten all day either and was starving... i knew she was hungry but i wasnt going to share (her food was cooking +i was really hungry) :p.

Guess what Ella did? She started barking at me in a very commanding/pestering way and even tried jumping up on the table. I finally had to move to the other room to eat. She usually has excellent table manners and never begs for food (she usually isnt hungry either:p) so this was out of character. It also made me think that if we would face a doomsday together, we would probably end up fighting for food :p

Also please dont call animal control, this was a one time thing and she honestly gets fed :D
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It depends on what the dog was used to and what ground rules you had established before.

There are many many working dogs in this world who get fed once a day at a set time, and their handlers or caretakers will eat the normal 3 meals a day, including a few meals in front of the dog. The dog will often look wistfully at the food yet get none. If the dog would start to bark, the standard rules for 'barking for no good reason' would be applied.

Think of a sheep herder who feeds his dog once a day first thing in the morning, and that's it. And the sheep herder at around noon breaks out his thermos of coffee and sandwich he packed for lunch and eats it.

Something you may want to start training is for you to set down your dog's food dish, but he can only eat it once you say okay.
She already does that and is very, very good at it. I made her wait a few minutes that evening too.

She is just very ..loud and has a mind of her own :D Which I honestly dont mind. I like her spark and how she is not overly subordinate to humans. We handle her fine and she usually listens to us but she also has a bit of a wild streak in her which I love.
 

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I think history has shown that when food is short, dogs usually become food.
yeah I thought of that too.. but there is no way I could eat my own dog. Maybe a stray if I was really really starving.

lol I cant believe I wrote that.

But I was really hungry that day and it made me realize that .. Id probably do a lot to not starve.

I have relatives that survived the the Stalingrad blockade (and many that didnt) ... lets just say human mind becomes very resourceful when you are hungry.
 
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