Interesting article. But as always, I hate the ultra-extremes routine...
There is such a thing as being a "cookie pusher" and you end up with a dog that will do NOTHING if it doesn't know you have a treat... which is just as annoying to me as the dog who works his ass off for nothing more than a passing acknowledgement.
Inside me is a thin woman trying to get out. I usually shut the bitch up with a martini.