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Old 05-09-2018, 03:31 AM
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I have two border collies, Ella (7.7 years) and Charlie (6.2 years). Some background information; Ella has a big, outspoken personality and is very much the alpha while Charlie tends to be quite submissive. They were both desexed around 6 months of age and they have always eaten at opposite ends of our veranda with Ella being fed first. For the last two last weeks, we've found Charlie has been peeing in Ella's empty food bowl as soon as she's finished eating I'm curious why he might've started doing this? The only notable change in our household lately has been my younger sister moving away to join the Navy, but this was in January so I'm not sure if it's related to that. Other than that, nothing at all has changed. We're not mad at Charlie, just completely stumped why he's started doing this. If anyone knows what might've prompted this behaviour, and/or how to prevent him doing it I'd very much appreciate it!
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Have you tried taking the bowls away after a certain time, even if they haven't finished? My oldest lab used to graze and once I got my second lab, a speed eater, he learned to eat quickly with no ill effects. Every so often he slows down in which case if he leaves it one of my other two will finish it off, so I take it away. It doesn't hurt him to go hungry every so often and it is better than the other two eating too much. If you start taking the bowls away after a certain period of time they may eat faster so you won't have to leave the bowls around. Just an idea.
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Having him checked at the vet for any health issues would be a great way to figure out if it's behavioral or if it's caused by a medical issue. Yeah, getting the empty bowls could also help avoid the peeing. Have you tried feeding Charlie first? Maybe that could help.
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If i were you, I would catch him in the act and correct him.
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Having him checked at the vet for any health issues would be a great way to figure out if it's behavioral or if it's caused by a medical issue. Yeah, getting the empty bowls could also help avoid the peeing. Have you tried feeding Charlie first? Maybe that could help.
Yeah have you tried feeding Charlie first? There is always an order between pets and you order them by status.
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Have you tried taking the bowls away after a certain time, even if they haven't finished? My oldest lab used to graze and once I got my second lab, a speed eater, he learned to eat quickly with no ill effects. Every so often he slows down in which case if he leaves it one of my other two will finish it off, so I take it away. It doesn't hurt him to go hungry every so often and it is better than the other two eating too much. If you start taking the bowls away after a certain period of time they may eat faster so you won't have to leave the bowls around. Just an idea.
Good advice from you Ryan! I'll take this down. Thanks!
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Yeah have you tried feeding Charlie first? There is always an order between pets and you order them by status.
Definitely lauren! Keep a close eye on the dominance battle. A very simple solution to the problem is to immediately take the food bowls after they have finished their meals.
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