Over the years, we have had several dogs: 3 golden retrievers, a yorkshire terrier and now Shadow, our havanese.
None of the other dogs would gather a mouthful of food from their bowl, carry it to another part of the house (usually near one of us) drop the food on the floor in thier new found eating location and consume it there as Shadow does and then venture back to the bowl and repeat the exercise until either we move or he is done eating.
I think it's a small dog thing. We had a very small mixed breed dog when I was a kid (looked very much like dogs in the havanese/bichon family but much smaller) who did this and both my parents Maltese and Bichon did it. Brody doesn't do it so much, but I live in a small apartment and he can always see me from his food spot.
Tracy and Brody
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
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Rosie is terrible about it. I keep a bowl of kibble upstairs and one in the kitchen. She will eat out of the bowl as long as I am in the room with her, but if I leave she does the mouthful at my feet thing. Then I noticed that if I went upstairs she just didn't eat. So I keep kibble in both places now. Usually it is at her Daddy's feet not mine.