Are you trying to figure out why your dog insists on eating on the carpet? Or why do they hide their treats under your covers? Let’s explore the common reasons behind this behavior and what you can do about it. Why does your dog carry food away?
They Don’t Know What They Haven’t Learned
Young and not yet house-trained puppies and adult dogs coming from shelters probably have no previous experience eating from a bowl.
The solution is relatively simple in both cases: It’s time for some house training and socialization with objects. Give your dog their food in different bowls and help them learn some table manners. Keep an eye on their reactions and choose the dish that best suits them.
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The Sound of Music
Some dogs are hypersensitive to sound; others prefer to feast in quiet. Either way, the instrument that contains their food should be consistent with their sonic style. If your dog’s bowl is made of metal, for example, they might not enjoy the noises their nibbling makes. What can you do?
There are a few options:
- Try a food bowl made of different materials and in various sizes.
- Get a “food slowing bowl” with lumps and holes.
- Provide your dog a hiding space in the form of a scent mat or a treat puzzle.
The Sound of Silence
Another vocal issue is the bowl’s location, as some dogs prefer eating in peace. The search for a secluded spot can also be a distant memory engrained in their genes: Wolfs feel threatened by the presence of humans around their prey. You can move your dog’s bowl to a quieter place, allowing them to enjoy a stress-free meal.
A Lone Wolf
On the other paw, maybe your dog is still a bit clingy and wants you to be by their side. How can you tell? Well, if they follow you around with their mouth full, that just might be the case. You can either stick around while your dog eats or move their bowl to the room where you spend most of your time.
Just like you store your leftovers in the fridge for later, so does your dog hides theirs. However, their reasoning is another genetic memory: Canines often hide their food from potential rivals, but just like us – only the leftovers. If your dog buries pieces of food in the garden or under your covers, try reducing the portion you give them.
Food is Best Served Lukewarm
If your dog’s bowl is placed on a cold tiled floor, they may prefer to chew on a warmer surface, like your cozy carpet. Instead of fencing the carpet, try placing their bowl on a wide mat or towel under it, leaving them enough space to stand on it while eating.