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The last three meals, Manny's decided that he doesn't want to eat out of his plate so he picks it up and dumps it on the floor, then eats. I had some heavy duty Chinette plates that had been in my pantry forever and figured it would be a good way to get rid of them and avoid having to wash his bowl daily when he was eating wet food. Perfect solution for both problems except that when he started eating kibble and I went back to his SS bowl, he refused to eat out of the bowl and dumped it. Now we're dumping the plate. I'm not quite how to resolve this. It's not the food. He loves it. He just seems to want to eat it off the floor.

Anyone else's babies have any neurotic habits?
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My dog has done this for years. Not all the time but many time when he goes to eat his kibble, he pulls a few pieces out of the bowl and puts stem aside. He will eat the kibble in the bowl and sometimes he will eat what's he's pulled out of the bowl and put on the floor and other times he won't eat those pieces. I just put them back in his bowl and later in the day he eventually eats them.
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Tyler has done that in the past while on kibble only but since switching him to HK, he just goes to town and eats everything in his dish. He still has a small amount of kibble which I top with HK and then mix it all together. He gobbles it down, not slowing up a bit and. O. Ore placing pieces on the floor.


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Canela does that on occasion. Not sure why but she will pick a few pieces of kibble out of bowl put them on the floor, eat one, wait a few minutes, eat another until she's done and then go pick out a few more put them on the floor, eat one, eat another one, and repeat. She is a very s-l-o-w eater, usually last about 10-15mins but I think she's doing it on purpose to tease the other dogs. They know they can't touch her food. (they all eat the same kind of kibble). The other 3 will circle around her, watch her eat, as their all drooling. The only time she will eat all her food in less then 5 mins is if it's mix with chicken n rice. And even then sometimes she push all the kibble n rice aside and just pick out the chicken.


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Molly will also take out a piece or two of kibble and bring it over to the rug or her blanket. She will push it around with her nose or put it in and out of her mouth before eating it. Then she goes back to the bowl for the rest. Some days she will not eat out of her bowl at all. I have to put the food on the floor before she will eat it.
The funniest thing I have ever seen is our friends Boston terrier. He flicks one piece of kibble at a time out of the food dish with his paw. He eats it and repeats the whole thing until the bowl is empty.


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So Archer is now developing a similar habit. He is WAY more interested in kibble on the floor, in a treatball, or in my hand and snarfs it up. He only touches it out of his bowl if he is really darned hungry. Some days he won't eat breakfast at all, then I have to crate him and go to work so I feel bad and dump some out beside the bowl and in his crate, and it all gets eaten. So weird.

Earlier this afternoon, he had a full bowl of kibble available to him in his ex pen. But he was whining and pawing to get 1 piece that had fallen out of the treatball and 3 inches outside the pen. This all happening a foot away from a full bowl of food!

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The funniest thing I have ever seen is our friends Boston terrier. He flicks one piece of kibble at a time out of the food dish with his paw. He eats it and repeats the whole thing until the bowl is empty.


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That's hilarious! That I'd like to see!

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Happy to know mine's not the only one with "issues". My pug wouldn't eat if anyone was watching him. He'd go grab a bite of food then run behind a chair to eat it, then run back to the kitchen and repeat the process. Manny's not throwing pieces out...he's empting the entire plate, pushes the plate out of his way, then scoffs it down off the floor.

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Happy to know mine's not the only one with "issues". My pug wouldn't eat if anyone was watching him. He'd go grab a bite of food then run behind a chair to eat it, then run back to the kitchen and repeat the process. Manny's not throwing pieces out...he's empting the entire plate, pushes the plate out of his way, then scoffs it down off the floor.
I really wouldn't call it an 'issue', DawnH; our dogs probably think it's completely weird putting things in a bowl or on a plate!!! Think wolf!
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I really wouldn't call it an 'issue', DawnH; our dogs probably think it's completely weird putting things in a bowl or on a plate!!! Think wolf!
My dry sense of humor doesn't always translate well in print. It's actually pretty funny watching him diligently tipping his plate so that he can dump it all on the floor. I guess it would be an "issue" if he drug it all over the house, but he's a good boy and eats every bit that he dumps out.

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