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Adult dog & Puppy eating each other food?!

Yes, you read that correctly. 

My adult dog - Aussie, eats my new puppy - Pomachee's food. And vice versa!  My puppy literally prefers the adult food better. 

Which is not a good thing because it is for healthy weight control. And her puppy food is for small breed puppy. Both are the same brand - Blue Wilderness. They have their own individual bowls on either side of the water bowl.

When it comes to feeding they both nibble on their food and then walk away. Once I sit down one goes to the other bowl and starts chowing down. And then later on the other goes to the other bowl. I always catch them within a bite or two, and direct them to their proper bowl with food. But how do I keep them from eating each others food?!

 

Any advice on this!? 

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Re: Adult dog & Puppy eating each other food?!

  • Lots of options. 

    1.  Feed in crates

    2.  Tell them no, redirect them to their own food.

    3.  Put food away as soon as they walk away from it.  I'm not a fan of free feeding anyway.

    4.  Feed them the same food.  Puppy food and senior foods are gimmicks, an adult food is fine. 

      

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  • We don't crate train. But thank you for the options. I think we will just stick to taking away their food if they walk away and directing them to their own food. 

    Thank you! :) 

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  • I ditto the recommendation for set meal times rather than free-feeding.  I have 2 dogs, and they get 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner).  They are also not allowed anywhere near the other dog's bowl.  Neither of them have food aggression issues, but I want them both to feel totally safe and secure when eating and not feel like they have to guard the food. 

    When we first adopted the second dog, I fed them in separate rooms to make sure there were no food aggression issues.  I gradually transitioned them to eating in the same room but at a distance from each other.  When I put their food down, they eat it all, and then I pick the bowls up.  If your dogs don't finish their meals and walk away, pick up the food bowls and don't feed again until the next meal time.  This can help them learn to eat the full meal when it's presented and avoids the issue of eating each other's food.

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    I ditto the recommendation for set meal times rather than free-feeding.  I have 2 dogs, and they get 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner).  They are also not allowed anywhere near the other dog's bowl.  Neither of them have food aggression issues, but I want them both to feel totally safe and secure when eating and not feel like they have to guard the food. 

    When we first adopted the second dog, I fed them in separate rooms to make sure there were no food aggression issues.  I gradually transitioned them to eating in the same room but at a distance from each other.  When I put their food down, they eat it all, and then I pick the bowls up.  If your dogs don't finish their meals and walk away, pick up the food bowls and don't feed again until the next meal time.  This can help them learn to eat the full meal when it's presented and avoids the issue of eating each other's food.

    That's what we are currently doing. We moved the dog bowls further away from each other - the opposite ends of the kitchen, in hopes that this will work out better. We have set feeding times and have been picking up the bowls if they walk away. We just didn't want them going to each others bowls to each. So we moved them further away and hopefully it starts to kick in and then eventually we can move them closer together.

    Thank you! :)  

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    I used to just stand between the dogs.  But my dogs scarf their food down in 5 minutes, so it wasn't that inconvenient. 
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    I used to just stand between the dogs.  But my dogs scarf their food down in 5 minutes, so it wasn't that inconvenient. 

    Our Aussie used to as well. But now she is only eating once a day but when she does she scarfs it down. The puppy eats a few bites of her food and then wants to go see what her sister is up too. So we only get a few bites in her before she is off and playing again. :/ 

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  • image nital:
    I used to just stand between the dogs.  But my dogs scarf their food down in 5 minutes, so it wasn't that inconvenient. 

    Our Aussie used to as well. But now she is only eating once a day but when she does she scarfs it down. The puppy eats a few bites of her food and then wants to go see what her sister is up too. So we only get a few bites in her before she is off and playing again. :/ 

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  • I'm glad you got some good advice and put it into practice!

    Just one other thing...what the heck is a "pomachee"? If it's some sort of cutesy "designer" dog "breed," please please please go read in the board FAQs about the use of designer dog names and the poor message they send. Mixed breed dogs should always be identified by their mixes. :) 

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  • Our australian cattle dog puppy loves to eat our adult yorkies food! The pup is on blue buffalo puppy (which he seems to love) and the yorkie is on blue buffalo adult toy breed. 

    I was wondering if maybe he just liked the small pieces better, but I can't imagine why as he is certainly big enough to have no trouble eating regular size food.

    It's so strange.. sometimes when he won't eat his food I end up putting a piece or two of the toy breed in and he eats it all right away.

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