So imagine a situation where you have an undersocialized dog and you want them to be more comfortable with strangers. So you give the stranger a piece of their favorite treat and they offer it to the dog. This is forcing that dog to confront that "severe conflict" that the quote talks about. The strong tendency would be for them to eat the delicious treat. The inhibition is to approach new people.
|A past foster dog getting to know our son|
And this brings up a second thing that Kathy talked about in her "Some Things in Life Are Free" seminar. A starving dog does not see food as a reinforcer. For me as a rescuer this had a different meaning to what I think she was using the example. She was talking about how people will skip a dogs meal before training or even refuse a dog food when they don't "perform" correctly. Think about when you were in school - if you didn't eat before a class and were really hungry, it made it a lot more difficult to concentrate and learn. Now that's not saying a dog should be stuffed, but they shouldn't be hungry when you want them to learn - their focus is completely on the food then and it will be tougher for them to retain any learning.
|Hobbs was pretty underweight when he first was rescued|