I have two 5 month-old toy poodles (from diff. litters), Taji(male) and Piper(female). They eat from one bowl. I've noticed that Piper lets Taji begin eating first. Piper usually grabs a few kibbles, then she runs off eat them. It seems as if she's stealing. She does this until they are just about finished, then she'll stand at the bowl and eat with him. Does anyone have any idea what's going on? How can I remedy this? Thanks!
Some dogs are nibblers. I know our mixed breed dog Bowen grabs up a mouthful of food and carries it into the room with us, puts it on the floor, then eats it kibble by kibble before heading back for another mouthful. Your dog may be a more insecure eater. You really should feed them from 2 seperate dishes though. That way you know exactly how much food each dog is eating.
My two puppies refuse to eat from separate bowls. They eat from the same dish as well. Both will grab mouthfuls sometimes and carry it to the carpet to eat. I really don't think there is anything wrong as long as both dogs are getting enough food. Dogs just have weird eating habits sometimes.
The last two dogs I've owned have done the same thing. What I've done with Frosty that has worked is 1) Feeding him on a schedule. I give him the amount of food and take it away after a period of time. And 2) Mixing some canned food into his dry food. He likes to stand over his dish when it's mixed. I gave my cats seperate dishes and they refused for a while to eat out of the right bowl, but they eventually got it. xoxo, Dorothie
Taji is probly more dominant(more of a leader) than Piper, so Taji is allowed to eat first. Piper will wait for her turn. Same goes for many other species. Less dominant animals must wait their turn. But my guess is that it is more likely mostly all in her head. And that Taji is not upset over her eating out of the bowl. She tests him by stealing food to see his reaction. She would become more confident because he doesn't respond to her stealing. My female would attack my male if he just tryed to eat out of her bowl. She is really dominant over him, he treads very lightly, were shes concerned. They are still young, and have lots to learn.