Part of the socialization & education process for my two puppers included a class in human marketing strategies. Early on I would hold a meaty bone in one hand and a look alike injection molded & "flavored" bone in the other.
Let them each have a smell and then explain the "real" bone cost daddy around $1.67 from the butcher shop and the artificially chemically flavored one was $23.95 at pets mart. I then would explain that those nice marketing people had many sleepless nights designing the packaging so it would POP out as the consumer walked down the aisle. Those same people had even more sleepless nights trying to bring this pupperlicious treat in at the lowest cost possible to please the god of bean counters, Sometimes even resorting to gasp,
importing from China under the cover of night to a lonely pier in California.
Believe me my smart pupper's eyes were focused on me, gotta love a doberman's need for knowledge. So smart they had a few questions to ask. Annika with wide eyes asked if the marketing people cared if the plastic bone was good for her. Of course little love of my life. They care so much that they place a little warning insert on the package for Daddy to read. You can only have this under my supervision and I have to be sure I purchased the properly
sized product. See little red wonder, they care so much that if anything bad happens the liability can be partially shifted to me !
In case you were wondering Bismarck is drooling over the meaty bone I am waving around like a prop to make a point. So I hand it over and Annika takes it away. Bismarck decides to try the plastic thing that looks so real but tastes faintly like fortune cookies, drops it, takes off after his sister and a fight ensues. Don't worry I had two real meaty bones, hell for $1.67 each I bought a dozen.
Hey Kids ! They even have nutritional value! That comment fell on floppy ears