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eating food so someone else won't?

Hey all,
So my question is will a dog eat his food so another dog won't get it? do any of your hav do this?

I work for the public schools and so I'm off in the summers. I've noticed my 1/2 hav, Ollie, seems to eat his food, when one of my others dogs is close by, even though he didn't show any interest 5 minutes ago.

all three of my dogs are fed in seperate spaces, and Ollie is actually has his food in a different room, for privacy if he doesn't finish his meal, and I'm not in that room, I close the door, otherwise my anatolian piggy pup, Oz, with snarf down that tablespoon of food.

anyway, it seems that if Oz is near (2-3 body lenghs of Oz's, 10 yards or so) maybe looks at ollie's food , then Ollie eats some of it.

Ollie has always been a driveby eater, never really finishing any meal like all my other food scarfing, I'm done in 10 sec flat, dogs.

I'm wondering b/c he usually maintains his weight but lately he seems to be gaining a little and I wonder if that's why.

thanks for the insight and help in advance!

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Oh yes...my Sir Winston before Lady Mia came to live here would take his food one morsel/kibble at a time to his bed. He would eat it or not..and once Lady Mia came on the scene he eats all his food very quickly..that is so he can see if she left anything. I feed one of them in a closed crate..the other near by..then when they are "finished" i open the crate and they change dishes..to see if the other left anything. Usually Sir Winston gets more green beans and Lady Mia gets nothing...which is as it should be...lol..
And Sir Winston now eats lettuce ribs and celery for "treats" which he would not do before at all...I think this is very normal...

Sir Winston sez "Non Basta Una Vita.

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good to know. I guess b/c all my other dogs have always finished their meals, I've never had a chance to see this behavior before.

He also physically guards the food too (if he's nearby when snarfboy Oz comes a calling).

Ollie is eating so well, he's chubbing out a little... he needs some celery and carrot sticks.

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There is an old saying around farm folks, "you can't fatten one hog at a time". The saying applies to dogs as well and my mother said it all the time meaning the way all of us eat at a sit down meal.
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