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    Hi. Does anyone know why our dog waits until I get home (after being out all day) to eat the treat (raw bone, pigs ear etc) I gave him in the morning before I left the house? He eats his normal food, but will excitedly present the treat to me to hand back to him before he will eat it? Even if I am home when I give him a treat, he won't eat it straight away but will give it to me or drop it at my feet / on my lap and whine until I give it back to him as well. Sometimes it's several times. We have found that if my husband or I pretend to eat it first then he will accept it immediately more often than not. He is an 18 month old shar pei cross (unsure what with as he's a rescue boy we adopted as a pup)

    When he was a pup, the dog trainer we went to for puppy school told me has strong desire to please my husband and I and that we had obviously established a strong pack within our home. I am unsure if it's a pack thing, a separation anxiety thing or a game for him? Any advice is appreciated!


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    Does anyone know why our dog waits until I get home (after being out all day) to eat the treat (raw bone, pigs ear etc) I gave him in the morning before I left the house?
    Not entirely sure.

    But my dog is the same in certain situations. She's better now she's a bit older - she's five and a bit years.

    But when she was very young - she would not touch anything I left for her - not water, food, treats, nothing at all until I got home. I put it down to being slightly anxious about being on her own.

    She wouldn't eat anything I left for her when she was left in the car either (usually underground shopping centre car parks). Not water or treats.

    And then she got a bit older and my treats got a bit better.

    She is pretty excited about roo jerky and that was the first thing she'd eat when I went out. But the squirrel dude full of kibble would be untouched till I got home.

    New foods she won't eat unless I eat it first. Anything I eat is fair game. Except citrus - I don't think anything will ever persuade her that a bit of mandarin or orange is edible. And yet she doesn't mind a bit of chilli.

    Now when I go out, she eats anything and everything and probably sneaks in a bit of counter surfing as well. sigh. I usually give her a bit of roo jerky when I'm on my way out.

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    It sounds as if your dog does not yet know, that the treat is food, as when you model the behaviour of eating, the dog copies you and eats.
    perhaps....
    You have a high prey drive dog, who would rather you throw this 'toy' (the food) for him to fetch.

    None of my dogs will eat when out. 2 of them will not drink when out which is an issue.

    Ive had a trainer trying to temp him with juicy sausages with cheese, she got not a blink. And he was starvin marvin as id not fed him for 16hrs prior to his appointment, so he would be.

    I have 2 dogs where they have been trained to leave all food/toys/leashes, till told they can have it. So i have found my dog sat in a position, put in hours before hand by my husband, who has made him sit at the front door to open it, answered whoever knocked, and come back into the house, forgetting the dog is waiting for release. We go to find missing dog to put him to bed, he's still sat there, waiting to be released. Ive also found him staring at his food bowl, drewling. Waiting for release to eat.

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    That's a strange one...never had any of mine do that. Maybe he likes the attention ...when mine are given a treatie it's gone in a flash and if asked do you want a treatie it's always yes.

    I use treats as rewards (who doesn't) when they get brushed...go wee wee...clip claws etc and have done this for many years. My old GSD Rex goes wee wee...comes back inside and looks at me as if to say "where's my treatie" he might be old and senile now but he never forgets his treatie.

    Sorry I can't be of much help...does he know that if he does something good he gets a treatie as I don't give mine treaties for no reason and they don't get them all the time either otherwise they'll look like beach balls.
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    For Bernie

    None of my dogs will eat when out. 2 of them will not drink when out which is an issue.
    I had this problem with evil hound. I've semi solved it by taking water from home (tastes right) in a sports drink bottle and she will drink out of that. She's a complete sucker for milk and yogurt - so I can also put some yogurt eg a teaspoonful in a cup of water and she will scoff that down. Which is really handy when we're out all day at dog competitions or training.

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    Thank you so much everyone. It's bizarre behaviour!

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    what kind of dog is he - as best you can tell or post us some pictures?

    This kind of thing is quite common with herding and working dogs like cattle dogs and german shepherds and etc.

    I don't know why exactly.

    Evil hound is quite happy to eat things she finds at the park. But I'm usually there. She doesn't usually ask my permission first tho. except for ba seb alls - she asks before she eats those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    This kind of thing is quite common with herding and working dogs like cattle dogs and german shepherds and etc.
    Really? How funny. Rox isn't that extreme but some times won't eat her food when I put it down for her but wait for Nero to finish his. They're not eating together but one in the bathroom and the other one in the laundry, so she'll lie down somewhere she can see hers and his bowl and only get up and eat once he has finished his.

    And treats almost always have to be carried away and investigated thoroughly before they're eaten. An exemption are routine treats. Like they're getting always at the same spot a treat for waiting for me to put their leads on again after our walk. These treats seem to be pre-approved and can be eaten immediately. It's a fixed 'treatspot' and if I haven't got any one day I'll get very dirty looks. But treats that aren't routine are getting special treatment.

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