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The behaviorist who works with Oliver said that people eat for wayyyyy. different reasons than dogs do. Dogs, according to her, do not need variety. They thrive on routine. It makes them feel safe, and part of the reason owners unwittingly make their dogs anxious is by not honoring routine. She went on to say that this is why dogs need to be transitioned to new foods, why their stomachs are sensitive to quick changes, unlike humans, who thrive on variety. The exception to this is play and walks, other things that actually EXPAND their brain capacity. But things like food, naps, specific place to sleep, etc....Example, if your dog refuses a food and you switch it immediately, you are teaching the dog that they should not be satisfied with one food. They aren't devious in the sense that they're "playing" you. It's more that if they refuse, you switch, they must have been correct in not accepting the food. And on you go with the cycle.