|That is so sad. When I first rescued my new Aussie she would not eat a milk bone. She would only eat the crumbs that fell out of the other dog's mouth on to the floor. It also took a little while to get her to understand that she had her own bowl to eat out of...she would wolf it down. It has been about a month now and she eats her own treats and eats from her own bowl much slower. Of course she is a puppy and some habits can be changed, The OES seems to get stuck in a rut and do not change. Violet still comes to me, everyday, at 4:50 looking for her dinner. She has lived with us for 5 years now.|
|Our first oes cross Polly was ruled by a tiny yorkie called Misty. They used to eat in the same room but Polly never ever tried to get Mistys food. Polly finished first and would lay down and wait, when Misty had finished she used to look at Polly and Polly used to get up and come over to Mistys saucer. Misty always used to leave her a couple of little biscuits. She never failed no matter how little or how much food you gave her. Funny, hey?|
|Oliver is very good with his food,
He is a little and often eater, graizing thru out the day,you can pick his bowl up from him mid flow, he will just sit down and wait for you to put it back,no problem
But when it comes to bone treats, chews , hide etc...
He refuses to have them in the house?
he gets really upset and restless,
til i open the back door for him to take it out,
he will then leave it outside and have a nibble on it every time he is out there til its gone.
He's not bothered leaving it out there?
Ive tried bringing it back in telling him its ok,and putting it by his bed,
but he will just pick it back up, go to the back door and whine til you let him out, he comes back in happy..
|Since we had small children around our house we began making our sheepdogs comfortable at feeding time by petting and talking to them while they ate. It worked.
Our little ones at times reached into the dog's bowl while they were eating to grab a handful for themselves. We didn't let them eat, don't get me wrong. We never heard or saw any aggression whatsoever.
We continued the practice even after our children grew and our last sheepdog would allow our cat or one of our son's dogs to eat from the same bowl without a hint of aggression.
We will be picking up our next pup in July and we have every intention of conditioning him the same way.
Ole Blue still wolves down his food and very submissive. In order to make him slow down - I feel all my three in separate places in my home.
It's hilarious when I bring out the kibbles in the morning..almost like Ready, Set, GO!!!!! All three will run to their designated areas...then cats run to their feed room ...looks like pandimonium but actually very orchestrated organization as everyone eats in peace.
When Panda, the rescue arrived he too was dominant over his food and hand feeding helped gain his trust. After the first year I could pick up his bowl, play with the food and bring it down again with no reaction from him. It's hard to break them of the habit if food was something they had little of and worth safeguarding due to their past. Eventually when they see food is plentiful in your home as bone burying is also associated with "saving" it for when food is scarce. Some dogs retain this habit as my other rescue Ole Blue still does. Merlin on the other hand who has been with me since he was a pup, eats at his leisure and never buries bones. However he is the alpha out of the dogs and is confident they wouldn't dare take his stuff.
Callie sounds as if she's fairly submissive and also views you both as alpha, thus won't eat in front of you. She also learned this early in life from the other dog as being younger naturally placed her in a submissive position. Alphas always eat first, get first choice of food..ect. This is how it works in wolf packs and many dogs also follow these rules. If it's not bothersome than letting her eat in a separate room at her leisure may ease some anxiety.
With my three males , I found this solution worked for me as it avoided any potential conflict as food is a potential instigator to fights.
Belly rubs from me and sloppy kisses from the boys to Callie.
|That is so sad
I just read another post about an OES that does that too... maybe you can read what she put, I hope it helps
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