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Q: My dog takes her food out of the bowl!

April 27, 2009 | By Rachael V. | 13 answers | Expired: 2051 days ago

When we give her food she takes a mouthfull of food and takes it far away from the bowl. Somtimes she will take her canned dog food and put it on the couch to eat it. Why is that?

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Rhonda J.
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Apr 27, 2009

My dog Winnie does the same thing. I have 3 dogs and when I fill up each of their food bowls, she will go in, growl, then grab a mouthful of food and take it to different places in the house. She will continue to go back and forth several times, then she will go to each spot and eat her food. I found out our black lab is blocking her from eating in the laundryroom, so I will bring her dish out by me and found she will stay right there and eat it. Can you just picture humans having these eating habits-LOL?

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maria h.
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Apr 27, 2009

Both of my dogs do this.Star takes a mouthful and goes to another room,lays down and drops her "load" and starts eating one piece at a time.When she's done,she goes back for another mouth full!

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Mary C.
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Apr 27, 2009

Mine does that too! I just think mine is more comfortable eating on the couch!

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Vicki R.
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Apr 27, 2009

Your dog may feel vulnerable eating where you ave the dish placed. Is it in a traffic area or off to the side so that she can eat undisturbed. Additionally, do you free feed or put down food at a certain time of the day so that she knows that she eats now or she'll miss it?

If her eating like this is a problem, I'd suggest going to set meal times (no more than 2 for healthy adults) and if she leaves the room, pick up the bowl and that's it until the next meal time. This is not mean and really takes into account their nature as dogs and the difference in their digestive system.

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