Not eating out of dog dish.

Posted by david-davern
Jul 24, 2012
My dog (13 mos) is now taking her food from her dish and dropping it elsewhere to eat. She takes a mouthful and drops it. Why does she do this? She is our only pet, other than fish. She's a German Shepherd mix of Rottweiler and German Wire Haired Pointer. For the 3 big breeds that she is, she's tiny - only about 55 lbs. She's a rescue dog, but we've had her for 10 months now. She didn't do this before.

Should I be concerned? If so, what do I need to do to correct this behavior?
Posted by MaxHollyNoah
Jul 27, 2012
Hi david-davern,

I have seen this behavior a lot with my foster dogs. For some reason, they stopped eating from the bowl. I picked up a few kibbles and drop them on the floor next to the bowl, they start eating again. They sometimes pick up some kibbles themselves and place them on the floor, just like you described. I don't know the reason why so I am curious to find out myself.

Why don't you try this? Just put a few kibbles in her dish to start with and see if she eats from the dish. If she does, throw in a few more, and more, and more.

I hope once this weird habit gets over, she will go back to her normal way of eating. Keep us posted
Posted by KOPCaroline
Aug 3, 2012
This may just be one of those weird dog things - try using something other than the dish you've been using and see if she eats out of that (a bowl, a plate, just a mat on the floor, etc). Animals sometimes just develop aversions to items (bowls, litterboxes) theyve been using for a long time.