I've had my second dog for about 2 months. He is very attached to me. Wherever I go, he follows. This is not a problem until feeding time because when I walk away, he stops eating and follows me. I'm wondering how I can break this behavior? I don't want to leave his food down for him to eat at his leisure. Also, I have another dog who will/has eaten his food. So, it's a must that I pick up his bowl.
I would crate the other dog when the new one is eating, and slowly , one step at a time, move away from the puppy. It might take a couple of weeks, but if you're worried about the other dog eating his food, just feed them in their crates.
Is there anyway you can create an area where the non eater only has access? He might be a "freefeeder" like our last dog was, in other words, eats when he wants to, not necessarily, when you want him to. I wish I were more help.
The one we rescued will eat the minute we put the food down and gorge to get it all down then walk away, we think cause he only had food down a few minutes every day before we rescued him.
My Jacob is like that too. He will be 1 year old next month and no matter how I did...sometimes it worked sometimes it doesn't. I won't leave the food down all day. I leave it for a certain amount of time. He has learned that. Sometimes he only eats once a day. I tried to start him out like that but it is better for him to eat some in the morning and some at night. I have had people say that I am feeding him to much but that is the best for our schedule and the vet doesn't seem to think it is harmful...so long as he doesn't get over weight.
I felt guilty at first cause I felt like I was starving him. If he didn't eat at one feeding, he certainly at the other. I don't know if this is right or wrong...just whats works for us. I have other dogs but they don't bother his food. He will try to eat theirs so needless to say he will get crated when they are eating.
Thanks to all for the info. My other dog won't stop eating for anyone, it's just my new boy. I will try feeding him in a crate for training purposes. There is no doubt that he's hungry, but it's like he needs to know where I am.