I have a year 1/2 old female pitbull labrador cross. She is wonderful and active with me, but if I leave her near food unattended and she knows I am not around, she will eat it. It doesn't matter what it is! 2 pounds of hamburger the other day (that was thawing on the counter) a dozen molasses cookies last week at a friend's house, an entire box of triscuits today that was just shut on the counter HELP! I called a vet, I am feeding her just fine for her breed/size. She continues to eat like she has never had food, Is it just her breed or does anyone have a great suggestion? ,Nina
I don't think that's abnormal for a dog. I am pretty sure that all the dogs I have had even since I was a child would do the same thing if nobody was around. Stick the meat in the microwave to thaw, or inside the oven. I don't mean turn either of them on, but just put it inside there so the dog can't get it. You could either make sure no food is out, or crate the dog when you're not home. If he is well behaved otherwise when you aren't there, I'd go for putting the food up.
I left an unopened package of wheat thins on a chair in the living room the other day and those were devoured while I was at work. Now if I am home, I can get up and leave my plate on the coffee table, come back, and he won't have touched it, but if I'm not there, all bets are off!
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scavenging is not abnormal behavior in dogs. It's annoying, but there you go. I have dogs that would do the same if given half a chance, so we don't give them opportunities to get into stuff. They're either crated or shut into the bedroom, where they don't have access to food sources when we're not home. They know better than to even try it when we are at home (especially if we are in the same room).
Shiny gives a great suggestion though, if you're thawing meat, thaw it in the oven. We thaw meat in the kitchen sink (where it's out of sight) or in our refrigerator 24 hours in advance.
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Our Dobe is a 'counter surfer' as well. When she is not able to be watched closely, any food is kept out of rech to her. If we are there, we work on her with correcting her for thieving. We keep a baby gate up to keep her from going into the kitchen if I am busy and not able to watch her.
Remember that dogs are scavengers by nature, its a natural behavior, some dogs are more intense then others about it. A dog is never going to know why you are punishing them for scavenging, much the same as a 2 year old will not know why you are angry about them crying. And really it just makes the dog do it when your not around.
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