Yesterday, I had the great privilege of participating in the Malvern School’s Community Helper Day. My son recently graduated from a similar preschool program, so I was quite acquainted with the target audience (two to five year olds) and the topic of “community helpers”. Preschoolers spend a fair amount of time learning about different careers and individuals who help the community (think teachers, doctors, nurses, firefighters and the like.) Frankly, I think it’s amazing that young children are taught about a variety of different career paths, and to respect those that dedicate our lives to helping our communities.
This week, I had similar conversations with several clients about their “picky” dogs. Most dog owners have the opposite experience: their Fido will eat anything, anywhere, anytime (including trash, inanimate objects like socks and grossly unappealing items like deer feces.) This is true for most dogs; we have domesticated dogs in virtually every way, but not their appetites. However, a small percent of dogs are simply not food motivated, and may not eat every food or every meal offered. When Fido turns his nose up at a new food, or decides he doesn’t like the same food that he’s been eating for six months, this can be a source of great consternation for clients.