Flag

Q: Why do my two dogs eat eachothers food?

March 7, 2009 | By XAsherBabyyx121 | 6 answers | Expired: 2072 days ago

Why do my two dogs eat eachothers food?

My dog, Asher [[dog]], and my other dog, Snickers [[puppy]], love to trade food. And i dont know why? I dont think its good for them to eat eachothers DIFFERENT foods. Do you know why?

Readers' Answers (6)
E G.
Flag

Mar 07, 2009

It seems to be a dog thing to want the other food, even when it's the same. My dogs' food is the same, but they do a "musical bowls" routine every morning before returning to their own bowls. Territorial, pack leader behavior, i guess. Sarah's and julie d's suggestions are good.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

Anne V.
Flag

Mar 07, 2009

If the foods are different, obviously they think variety is the spice of life. However, variety may not be the best for them. If you are feeding different foods, I presume there is a reason for it. If both are nutritionally balanced for the age and type of dog and its health, then it isn't a case of isn't sharing nice. It's a case of unbalancing the diets of both. Puppy food is too rich and fattening for an adult dog; senior food is not dense enough in calories for puppies. You should establish a feeding routine, whether they are fed together or separately, they should each eat their own food and eat it in a resonably quick amount of time (ever see wolves dither around a kill?) Don't leave food down. Feed it and remove it in about 5 minutes. And you should be able to reach in and remove food at any time from any dog. You can also train them to stay in their own bowls while you oversee thengs. You have to be quick and assertive, and this won't work when you aren't there (another reason to make eating go quickly - you don't want to have to stand there for 10 minutes while they nibble). This is an easy problem to diagnose (what each is eating simply appeals to the other) and solve (feeding should be as disciplined as walking). They will be happier with structure and dicipline as will you. Good luck.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

Sarah
Flag

Mar 07, 2009

I'm guessing one of your dogs is on Puppy food, while the other is eating Adult dog food. You can try feeding them seperately, one at a time in a room you can close the door on. When one dog is finished eating, open the door and call the other dog in. Or if your puppy is small enough, you can try feeding him in his crate or putting up gates to keep him in an area when he's fed.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

You might also enjoy:

Got a question about your pet? Get the answers you need from Zootoo's community of pet experts and owners.

Advertisement

Advertisement

See more ›
Know the Answer?

There are always new questions that need answers. Contribute your knowledge about pets.

Need to know | Zootoo Website