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Old 11-21-2012, 05:29 AM
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Question Ava prefers Boss's food?

I'm puzzled, I keep my larger dogs food at one end of the kitchen, and Ava's at the other, she eats fromm puppy and Boss gets fromm adult. They are both on the same feeding schedule and whenever I put their food down she takes one or two bites of her food and then runs over to Boss's! I try to move her back to her food and the same process is repeated. I would put them on different feeding schedules but I work and go to school so it would be a little diffocilt, and I have also tried picking up Boss's food while she eats and when she finishes putting his down, but she still goes to his food! They're foods are the same quality and flavor and I feed her an ample ammount. Should I supervise her the entire time and make her stay by her food? Any advice is appreciated!
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Each of mine prefers the other's food. It's the same food, the same amount, just fed in different bowls, slightly separated from each other. Idiot dogs! So I have to be the food Nazi, making sure they only eat from correct bowl. Because it's the same food they could eat each other's, but Jazz eats way faster than Tango, so she'd end up eating more and Tango less. They're both at ideal weights right now, and I don't want to mess with that.

I think really it's just the appeal of the forbidden, y'know?
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:34 PM
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Yeah, usually they only want it because it is the allure of the what belongs to the other dog. If you don't want to supervise, try feeding them in separate rooms.


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Yep, my two prefer each other's even though its the same. At the moment I put Mylo's on the couch because Willow can't jump up on it. She's the piggy, Mylo only eats when hungry so he generally leaves hers alone. Plus she'll tell him off but he doesn't often tell her off. If they're both on the floor then often they'll just swap bowls. Funny dogs! Once she can get on the couch I'm actually going to have to train them to stay away from each other's bowls.
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Mine all eat the same food but are allowed only their dish. The dishes get put down in order (I say their name) and in exactly the same place every feeding.

Since he is a big dog, try putting his up on a low step stool (I am not certain how big he is but I thought a pittie mix) where she cannot reach. Unless he is not that tall.

Otherwise, I would become the dish police and stand there and keep moving her until she gets that is not her dish.
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Doggy instinct is to eat the other food so the other's don't get it first, then go back to their own. Lol
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She does tend to want anything that Boss has that she can't have, she tries to pick up his gigantic toys and run off with them! LOL. I like the idea of having my bigger one's food on an elevated surface that ava can't get to it, I currently have Boss's food in a stainless steel bowl set with only slight elevation. May have to invest in a high elevated bowl set. I worry about her choking on his food because his kibble pieces are much larger than hers. I will definetaly supervise her at least until I can trust that she won't try to sneak off onto his food. Thanks for the advice everyone
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Peanut does that too, hes munched large breed enkuba and ladys greyhound biccies, the enkuba stuff looks bigger than his mouth but he'll still steal it, and he gets natures diet meat so hes on the smelly nice stuff, its just wanting what the other has kinda like when your eating and they sit waiting for a bit to fall. We elevate our bowls with an old box or a low stool thing just what ever is near free and works :L
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