My adult lab went in for a check up and gained about eight pounds since I got my corgi puppy. I have had my corgi for about 3 months now. Well, the vet said she needs to loose some weight. She breaths alot heavier now becasuue of the extra weight I am reducing her food intake, but I have noticed that she will sneak puppy food if I am not looking. It seems the more I tell her NO the more she does it? Why is she not listening? I like to feed them on the porch and leave the food for them and will usually watch them while they eat. I have always done this, but can I ever trust her to only eat her senior dog food and not puppy food when I am not watching.? See will even try to do it in front of me? It seems to get worse the more I am telling her not to.
This is a bad habit that unfortunately is pretty impossible to break. About the only thing you can do is feed your lab and corgi at seperate times (feed them in their crates if you can, that works best), and when they aren't eating, pick the dishes off the floor. Any time you can't be right there watching them eat, pick the dishes off the floor. It's the simplest thing to do and it will probably be the most effective as well. Your corgi will learn that she can't graze all day, just offer her meals 2 or 3 times a day.
Another thing is dogs dont like it when other dogs are getting one food and they're getting another. I suspect your trying to keep her away from the food is doing more to convince her she is missing out on really great treats in your corgi's dish.
Labradors are very much food lovers & simple "no" will not help. Just feed your dogs separately (maybe the lab on the porch & the corgi in the kitchen) & allways watch the lab making sure he doesn't get any "leftovers" in case the corgi leaves some food in his bowl.