Why Dogs Take Food Out of Their Bowl and Eat Elsewhere !
12 October, 2017
We know how dogs love to eat and will usually chow down whatever is in front of them. But some dogs display peculiar behaviors at feeding time. One behavior that may puzzle you is when your dog carries his food away from the bowl before he eats it and into another room. There are a few reasons why your dog might do this and what you can do about it.
A dog could just grab his food and move it out of instinct
It could be instinct that even centuries of domesticity hasn’t completely been bred out of them. Out in the wild, there was a lot of competition for food and wolves used to grab what they could and retreat to a safer place. While your pooch certainly doesn’t have to go hunting for dinner, he still has that instinct. So when he gobbles up his food and lays it out elsewhere, he’s following his nature.
Your dog could be just making sure that he gets all of his food
In homes where there is more than one dog or multiple pets, the instinct is more common. Your dog is saying this is my food and no one better touch it. Depending on your pets’ aggressiveness with food, he or she might not be all that fierce about it, but the message is clear.
Your dog might just be lonely
Dogs feel loneliness just like people do. If you’re in another room and he is alone in the kitchen, your dog may carry his food to where you are to eat it. Dogs are family members but often don’t eat with the family. His carrying the food to where you are could be a sign that he simply wants to be part of the family dynamic.
Metal bowls can sometimes frighten a dog
If you have metal dog dishes, your dog may be annoyed or frightened by the noise they make when they clang together. Even the sound of a dog tag hitting the bowl can startle a dog, so she may take the food and carry it away from the source of the noise.
The easy answer to this is to swap the metal bowls for plastic ones. Then your dog isn’t startled by the metal-on-metal jangling and can eat in peace.
What you can do about this odd behavior
If this behavior in your dog bothers you, experts recommend finding a more private place for your pup to eat, or feeding her close to where the family is eating, depending on her reason for taking the food from her bowl.
If you have more than one dog, you can try feeding them separately to see if that helps. In single-dog households, it may be easier to use a crate or block the exits to the room so your dog can’t carry food elsewhere.
But as long as your dog’s behavior is not aggressive or causing any harm, simply accept that his is part of her personality. Your pup just wants his privacy and we can respect that!
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