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Q: How come my dog isn't eating out of it's bowl?

July 16, 2010 | By Ezraroan | 4 answers | Expired: 1509 days ago

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Ezraroan

How come my dog isn't eating out of it's bowl? Please help me out.. He loves his food, and drinks water out of it. He only eats it when it's on the floor, or in my hand. Can anyone tell me how to get him to eat out of his bowl?

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Jillian
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Jul 16, 2010

try using a wider, more shallow bowl maybe. i've had animals who drop their food on the floor, bite for bite. one even had to take it from the bowl and out of the kitchen so she could drop it on the carpet! why do they do this? not sure. maybe they feel safer eating w/o a bowl partially blocking them, maybe their strong noses don't care for such a potent, in your face smell, maybe i'm way off. whatever the case, i've never heard of a way to train them against this behavior. what i do for sloppy eaters is feed them over a place mat. then you just give the mat a quick wash and lay it back down. for my dog, i use a cloth mat. i don't even bother washing it every day, i just shake off the rice or kibble and put it back down. my cats, however, get a plastic mat that i do wash daily.

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Stephanie  C.
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Jul 18, 2010

If he has convinced you to feed him by hand, he may be training you. Don't buy into it.

If he takes it out of his bowl to eat it off the floor or in another room, I call this 'social eating'. You can train him not to eat it where you don't want him to. Keep picking the food up and put it back. Then stand at the bowl and tell him to 'eat here'. Stop him when he wants to take it into another room. Pick up the food and bowl when he's done and only let him eat when you're there to supervise. After a time, you can start to decrease your vigilance.

It could also be that his bowl is too small, too deep, (to see out), maybe he doesn't like the material (too cold?) or something else he doesn't like about it as Jillian says. I've found that heavy, moderately deep bowls with a round bottom work best. Most store-bought dog bowls have an inside edge to keep from tipping. Try looking at ceramic bowls with a wide, heavy base and a round inside. This makes it easier for them to pick up their food.

Good luck!

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Idaviruma
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Jul 16, 2010

how big is the kibble? sometimes small dogs that have a hard time breaking it up, will spit it out on the floor and eat it from there. Try looking into smaller size kibble if that helps.

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