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Old 08-03-2018, 01:31 PM
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Dog insists on spreading food before eating it

My girlfriend's 8-year old poodle-schnauzer mix has an odd habit of taking his dry food out of the bowl a piece or two at a time, carrying it over to the shaggy rug, dropping it, and then consuming it.

While it's amusing, it's also annoying as pieces of food are always missed and later stepped on. I've tried moving the food to different locations -- no luck.

I'm unsure how to stop this behavior, especially since she has always tolerated it.

I don't. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:03 PM
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Little dogs do that all the time. I don't know how you can stop it, but just know that it's super normal. Not odd at all.
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Old 08-03-2018, 08:52 PM
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My grandparents yorkie used to do that.

If you really want her stop, here's how all meals should be done:

1. Always feed her in the crate.
2. Put the food bowl down and keep her and the food in the crate for 15 min.
3. If she doesnt finish it in 15 min., take the food bowl out and let her out of the crate.
4. Repeat process at next meal time.

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I'd get her a snuffle mat and feed her on that so that this behaviour is controlled and she gets to fulfill what seems an obvious need to forage. From her perspective it's pretty weird to eat from a shiny smooth thing.
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My dog does this & when she's finished I check & if there's crumbs I point to them & say crumbs & she eats the crumbs up. Then theres no prob with walking on bits later.
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If my dog spills food I also point to it and say you missed some, finish your dinner and he does.
As a side note, one of my cats used to do this when I had more cats than I do now. I recently learned that cats do this when they feel insecure or are afraid of bullying from peers. The cat that did this I had thought was one of the top dominant cats in the group I had for about twelve years. Now that I'm down to two cats and a dog who's trained to never touch the cat food, the cat eats out of the bowl fine I shares with his buddy.
Maybe your dog feels insecure about the food location? Or if you have any other pets they could be intimidating her? Or other people/kids? Just some thoughts since it could be something very subtle. If little dogs do this a lot, it makes sense they'd feel more vulnerable easily.
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My dog also carefully went through any food before eating it, but I'm pretty sure the reason why was because when he was a puppy and cut his leg and had to get stitches, we'd hide his pills in a hot dog or something like that and ever since that time he would pick apart his food and check it out to see if something was hidden. It was actually sad to see him do that because he was always worried and watching everything. He wouldn't even take a treat from someone unless he saw another dog or person eat a piece of it first. He was too suspicious. He'd break up bigger pieces of meat and drop them on the floor then "nose" the food around to see if it was safe to eat.
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Ours will take, perhaps several kibble out of her bowl, line them up on the floor, eat the rest of the food in her bowl, then go and eat the ones she lined up. She never forgets where she put them, or how many there are. We find it amusing, and it certainly hurts nothing.
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That's normal and I'm really used to it. What i do is I checked her dirt and clean it. What bowl are you using? If it's stainless then maybe she sees herself in the bowl and it scares her so she do that thing.
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Mine likes to do that for some food but not all.
I've noticed she particularly likes to do that with bread scraps and liver. She finishes the meat on her bowl fine.
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