Dear Abolish the Crate Federation Members,
Grady has a message that he would like to share with all of you. I believe his Treat Philosophy would be helpful so please read carefully. I am currently working on “focus games” with my Mom which is surprisingly taking up a considerable amount of time but I hope to be blogging again soon. In the meantime, remember to keep the faith and no barking in the crate. That only serves to weaken our cause.
Dawson Earnest Huntley,
President & CEO
Abolish the Crate Federation
Treat Philosophy by Grady Buford Huntley
As many of you know, I am a lover of all things food, particularly treats. You might even call me a K-9 treat foodie, but I wish you wouldn’t. Here’s why. The dictionary defines a foodie as, “a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.” While I undoubtably fall into that category, my “interest” in food is so much more than the average foodie (which is why I was the first to earn a PhD in Treat Management!). And, “treat foodie” sounds weird so I’d just as soon not have the term associated with my good name, thank you very much.
Treat distribution and the consumption of treats is serious business and should not be taken lightly. I have spent countless hours studying treat behavior researching such questions as, what is the true meaning of a treat, optimal treat receiving behavior and the moral implications of eating a treat you clearly don’t deserve. (For a detailed analysis of my work please check out my 2016 Amazon best seller, Predicting the Arrival of a Treat: Good Behavior or Good Luck?).
While I stand behind my previous work, throughout the years I have gathered more knowledge and experience which has led me to fine-tune my beliefs about treats and their effect on behavior. In fact, I believe that most behaviors (of both humans and dogs) can be understood in the context of treats. For dogs, every question you ever had about your owner, every ounce of confusion you have experienced while your owner tried to figure out what they wanted to teach you, and any other question that has crossed your mind, can all be answered within the framework of Grady B. Huntley’s Treat Philosophy.
A bold statement I know but I can say without fear of contradiction that I have applied the Treat Philosophy tenets to many different scenarios and they have held up, each and every time. I also think that for many of you, these simple tenets are something you have known or suspected for a long time so adopting this mind-set will be second nature. For those of you who are skeptical, give it a try anyway. I promise that it will make your life a lot easier and disappointments will be a thing of the past.
Grady Buford Huntley’s Treat Philosophy
- Food is, indeed, an expression of love.
- Sometimes you get what you get and there’s nothing you can do about it.
- All treats are good but some are definitely better.
- Never turn down a treat. It is considered bad manners.
- Good behavior will usually render a treat so be good.
- Noisy behavior in a crate WILL NOT get you a treat.
- Sometimes you get a treat just for showing up.
- Sometimes you get a treat for no good reason at all except the treat giver is feeling generous (or guilty but who cares?).
- There is not any good reason to ever share a treat because
- This is the one time it’s every dog for himself.
Grady Buford Huntley, AX, MX
Spiritual Advisor, Abolish the Crate Federation
PhD in Treat Management