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    Get a little block or something and put it under the bowl so that the sides of the bowl don't touch the ground or anything else Then no more ants. A friend of mine does this (that's how I learnt about it!) and he uses a little off cut of pine.

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    Jazz and Banjo

    I take Frosty's food away if she hasn't eaten it in 10 minutes. I (and one of my vets) think if she hasn't eaten inside that time, she's not really hungry. And I don't put food out till the next meal. Allowing a dog to graze all day can have all sorts of other problems, the number one being - making dog harder to train. Number 2 being - ants or other critters eating the dog food.

    To reduce the ant population around my place - I have a concrete paver about 40cm square, and I put that up on blocks that are tall enough for an ant to get under but not the dog, and under the block - I put an old lid with some ant-rid in it. Ant rid is a mixture of honey and borax. It wouldn't be very good for a dog to eat, probably not deadly though in small quantities.

    Ant deterrent tips

    I haven't tried any of the tips listed, so let us know if any work for you.

    I'm not sure about the lemon juice one, ants seem to be very fond of farming scale and aphids on citrus trees.

    I can vouch for pouring boiling water down ant holes - generally encourages them to move house. It's not so good if they're in your house walls though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Jazz and Banjo

    I take Frosty's food away if she hasn't eaten it in 10 minutes. I (and one of my vets) think if she hasn't eaten inside that time, she's not really hungry. And I don't put food out till the next meal. Allowing a dog to graze all day can have all sorts of other problems.

    Agreed.
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    can I third that?

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    Sure can!
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    :-O
    So if I put it down in the morning and if he doesnt eat it right away, then put it down at night and he doesnt eat it right away I am supposed to just let him miss out on a day of eating?
    Can you let me know what other problems letting him graze causes? (besides training problems as that seems to be going fine for me)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz & Banjo View Post
    :-O
    So if I put it down in the morning and if he doesnt eat it right away, then put it down at night and he doesnt eat it right away I am supposed to just let him miss out on a day of eating?
    Can you let me know what other problems letting him graze causes? (besides training problems as that seems to be going fine for me)
    I don't let dogs graze (this is just my personal opinion nothing more) because it makes them lazy eaters. I train in both food and toy drives, having food down all the time allowing the dog to choose when it wants to eat and how much detracts from that training.

    If you aren't intending on doing that kind of training and you are just training for fun at home then it doesn't really matter IMO. If you're happy with your dog eating whenever he likes, eating slowly or even in some cases being fussy with eating then go for it.

    Fasting for a day does no harm to a dog, and the shortest I leave food down is 15minutes. I actually start at 30 minutes of the bowl being down, then drop back to 25 mins after a week and so on until I'm down to 15 minutes at a time.

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    Why you don't let a dog eat all day also known as "free feeding"

    It's ok if some days your dog doesn't get a meal. Trust your dog, it won't let it go on for very long.

    Other critters - wasps, ants, magpies may eat the dog food.

    It is harder to control how much a dog eats, all day grazers are more likely to become overweight.
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    It breaks the association between food and you ie they won't be as keen to please you.
    It removes a whole realm of training possibilities (eg Triangle of Temptation) or the Nothing in Life is Free (NILIF) techniques.

    You also have less control over when a dog toilets or how much, though this is not so bad if you put out a measured food serve, and go to work. But if you have a large supply of dog food available to the dog all the time - it can be bad.

    The dog food (fresh) may go off or ferment.

    A lot of people load the food up into treat balls or kongs to make the dog work for their food. I used to think that was a good idea until I saw a picture of a dog that had wedged its jaw into the kong, and my dog ate her treat ball - or smashed it up so I had to put it in the bin to stop her from eating the kibble flavoured pieces.

    If you're not having any training problems and your dog is not getting fat - it might be ok.

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