Post # 1
I just moved in with my fiance and we both have dogs. His dog is a 90 lb Boxer. I have a 16 lb mutt. The boxer has bowls in a station that are higher up. My dog has tiny bowls on the floor. Every time I feed them, the boxer eats his food and the little dog lingers a bit before she gets around to eating. If I walk out of the kitchen, the boxer runs over to the bowls to eat her food!!! It happens EVERY NIGHT! I am going crazy. I keep having to refill her bowl and I’ve just about had it. Does anyone know how I can prevent the boxer from eating the little dogs food???
Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
Give them seperate kennel time and feed each one while the other one is enjoying their “quiet time”. We used to have a 100lb lab and a 20lb beagle. Eventually the lab did learn that the beagle needed food too.
Post # 4
Have you got / could create somewhere that your little dog can get into that the boxer can’t? For example behind a cupboard / sofa / wooden board with space behind. I have the same sort of trouble with my two dogs, in that one eats FAST and the other wanders. Now I just shut the fast eater in the kitchen for half an hour or so with dinner and a chew while the other one does his slow little thing 🙂
Post # 5
If you can, give them seperate eating space. It’ll keep the boxer from eating the other dog’s food and from your little dog from getting territorial.
Post # 6
Is there anywhere that the little dog can get to that the big dog can’t? I have 160 pound Great Dane and a puppy that’s ~20 pounds. We have a sliding door to one room in our house so when they’re eating I open it only enough for the puppy to fit through and put the food in there. Then the Great Dane’s food is up on a platform the puppy can’t reach so it works out for both of them. But maybe it there’s any kind of barrier you can set up that the little dog can fit past and the big dog can’t…
Post # 7
They need separate eating space. Anytime we have had two dogs at the house, they go to their designated spots to eat, if one finishes first, they aren’t allowed beyond halfway to the other bowl and are asked to lie down while the other finishes. Of course, once both are done they are allowed to go lick each other’s bowls, lol.
Post # 8
@Beebug: Too cute, my dogs do this too. Why they lick each others bowls when they all get the same food I’ll never know.
Post # 8
I always stay in the kitchen, while my dogs eat. It doesn’t take them anymore than 10 minutes (even though my smallest dog lingers). In the morning I usually spend my time making breakfast so it doesn’t feel like I’m just standing there waiting for them to finish. I do have to pay attention to them or I will look up and see one of my dogs eating from the wrong bowl…naughty babies! They do know what they are /are not allowed to do but they like to be disobedient.
Post # 9
Dogs are instincual animals and operate in a “pack” where each dog has a certain place. The boxer is asserting their dominance over the little dog and saying that he is higher up in the “pack order” than the little one, especially since the little one is new to the household. The little one is probably waiting to eat because he knows that he is coming into the “pack” as the new dog in the house, and is probably just being submissive to the big dog.
I would suggest giving them separate eating spaces and making them both wait for food. When one is finished, they must lie down, like Beebug: said, until the other is done so they don’t get to assert themselves over the other.
I have been doing lots of reading on dog psychology because we want to get a dog in a few months. Darling Husband and I also recently dog sat 2 dogs for a week, which behaved very similarly. I think how dogs operate is very fascinating! Much different than humans. 🙂
Post # 10
Thank you everyone for your info!! I actually just tried feeding the boxer first and he ate and finished (while the little dog ate the little pieces of dog food that flew out of the bowl..lol) Then I had him go in the other room and brought the little dog in the kitchen to eat. At that point she was more than ready to eat! It seemed to work out really well. I know that when I feed them and run to work or run out at night I am going to have to find a way to baracade the little dogs food. Maybe I’ll set up the crate and she can go in and out. I really appreciate everyones advice. Its hard to put two dogs together like this!
@beebug: Its funny you say they lick each others bowls. One of the funny things my boxer LOVES is drinking from my little dogs teeny tiny water bowl when he has the biggest bowl of water ever! Two licks and it’s gone!
Post # 11
@Adeline4: We have an 80lb boxer (Rocky) and a 24lb beagle (Boomer)… We have a little bed for our little guy and a big bed for our…well it’s supposed to be for our big guy. When I get in bed I’ll look over and see Boomer curled up in a tiny ball on the big bed while Rocky has half of his body hanging off of the little bed. Dogs are so funny!
Post # 12
@Benavis1489: That is so hilarious! I can’t stop laughing! Dogs do some funny things…
Post # 13
@Adeline4: “What begins with dog?” Sorry, but this post totally reminded me of the Dr. Seuss alphabet book! “Big A, little a, what begins with A?” Hehehe. I think all the ladies have made much better contributions to this board than I can, but I couldn’t resist!