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Q: How do you feed one pet with special needs at the same time as everyone else ?

March 12, 2008 | By ruthie | 7 answers | Expired: 2460 days ago

How do you feed one pet with special needs at the same time as everyone else ?

Penny can't always eat everything Maggie & Daisy can. I can't leave their dishes a minute because Penny always wants to check out what the girls have.

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amy c.
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Mar 19, 2008

Your going to have to feed your dogs in seperate rooms... but make sure that you dish out a treat or canned food in your other dogs dish too so they are both being treated equally

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Cassie3
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Mar 18, 2008

This may not work for you, but I also feed my two German Shepherds far apart from one another. One eats by the oven at the far end of the kitchen. The other eats by the table on the other side of the island, which is at least 10 feet away from the other dog. They both have been trained to leave each other's feeding areas ALONE.

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David O.
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Mar 13, 2008

Feeding in separate rooms is always a possibility, but I do think to a certain extent it comes down to the training / discipline instilled in the dogs. I have a puggle and a bullmastiff. The puggle has a very strict diet b/c she is allergic to chicken, so I feed them in opposite ends of the kitchen (about 15 feet away from each other).

One key is to make them sit and wait for their food. When I set the food down, I put them in a sit/stay position. I feel it helps them focus on what's in front of them and not worry about what the other one has (at least until their own food is gone!). When I say 'OK', they devour their own food, and don't bother each other until the other one has finished. It might help to stand in between them and guide them back to their own bowl if they start to wander, and giving them a defined amount of time in which to finish eating always helps too. It gives them a mindset of 'Hey, I have 5 minutes to eat my food, so I better do that now!'.

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kitty v.
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Mar 12, 2008

I feed in their crates because one of my girls doesn't like the other one looking at her while she's eating.. and she gets snappy (not at me.. just at the other dog)

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TeriWarner
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Mar 12, 2008

I FEED IN SEPERATE ROOMS,OR IN NICE WEATHER 2 IN AND 1 OUTSIDE. EVEN IF I HAVE TO LOCK ONE IN THE BATHROOM. YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YA GOTTA DO

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Serena E.
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Mar 12, 2008

feed in seprate room's. i had the same problem when my Aragorn needed med's with is food. so i placed the other dog's dishes in one room and took aragorn into the other room with his food. the room's were colsed off with a babygate.

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Michele Z.
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Mar 12, 2008

Aren't there electronic pet dishes that open/close based on a sensor in the pet's collar? If a certain pet doesn't have access to a certain food/bowl, the bowl will stay closed. This doesn't sound like a foolproof method if the dogs are already in close proximity, but you could try getting a dish for Penny and feeding her in a different room until the other dogs are done eating--and their bowls are closed. If you don't want to invest in the bowls (which may be on the expensive side), you could just feed Penny in a separate room; it is for her own good.

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