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: 2559 days ago
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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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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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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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