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Thread: Feeding Time for More Than One Dog.

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    Default Feeding Time for More Than One Dog.

    Hi all and thank you in advance for any help advice or comments you leave.

    I am having quite a few issues now I have the 2 dogs.

    One major one is feeding , If I feed them both together I struggle to keep them apart and if dexter gets near bandits dish he bites him with a nasty bark. If bandit finishes first he goes to Dexters bowl and again bites him and barks growls etc. He is still intermitantly wee ing in the bowls if we dont pick it up fast enough.

    I am now needing to resort to having my son or daughter there while they eat to keep them apart and recover the bowls before the urination takes place.

    Tonight i tried to feed them one at a time and Bandit the little s##t tried to bite me as I held him while Dexter had his food. Then holding Dexter while bandit eats hmm struggle but withhim being a pup it wasnt too bad he was more wriggle etc.

    Any advice or tips on what you do would be truely appreciated.

    This is the first time I have ever owned 2 dogs at the same time and finding it mostly good but training disciplining is a problem. Play time is great and they get on really well.
    Scorp :-)

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    Can you just feed them in separate rooms? At feeding time I feed one outside and the other inside with no problems.

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    I agree with Cat.
    I have 2 dogs they are fed at separate ends of our deck and I always supervise.

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    Feed them separately. Make them sit and wait for their food until you tell them it's ok to eat. Even if that means putting them on a lead tied to something (fence etc) separately and waiting there with their food until they listen to you and your commands. You need to be the leader here. Hold the food bowl in you hand while the dog is tied and tell it to "sit" and "wait!". Do not offer the food to the dog until it looks away from the food and at you. This is a sign of respect and attention and you can reward it by giving them the bowl with a release command like "Ok" or "Eat now!".

    Each time you do this their respect and attention to you will be greater as they know the outcome - getting their food. So first day you might get a second of attention, the next day you might get two. It's a work in progress!!

    If one is misbehaving more than the other feed the good one first. If one is challenging you more and not listening or respecting you then leave it and feed the other one. They're not dumb, they'll figure that one out very fast indeed!

    What you are telling the dog is "I am the boss. When you show me respect I will give you what you want."

    Very important message.

    My dogs are fed in separate spots in our backyard, the same spot for each dog each night. They are supervised, but I only have to stand at the back door quietly - none will touch the others bowls. If one finishes before another they will come and sit next to me and wait for the others before moving off to play or go to bed. This sort of order is vitally important to dogs. It gives them environmental structure and security, which makes for happy dogs.

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    Thank you so much this make so much sense, I will try this very shortly and continue with it Nattylou ,

    Molly33 and Cat thank you for your comments too .. feeding them inside isnt going to happen as they run riot inside and Dexter in particular makes a real mess jumping on the furniture dinning table etc . My wife would put me outside too if I allowed that to happen lol

    We feed the boys after we have eaten ours but before the table is cleared and dishes done as they also have some of any left overs
    Scorp :-)

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    I have 3 dogs and have no problems. If I did they would be fed in different areas, closed off from each other. No biggy.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Had them tied up under the patio Bandit to ta down pipe and Dexter to a heavy chair. Bandit sat after a frantic minute of trying to get untied and barking. then was able to get him to look at me then he ate .

    Whilst he was eating Dexter was flipping the loop de loop on his leader but eventually sat still for a second and loked at me for his food.

    As Dex was eating, Bandit decides to urinate in his own bowl ewww.

    Then as Dexter finishes, I let them both off and before I was able to move Bandit had urinated in Dexters bowl as well.

    At least they ate without biting each other or me , going to be a while I can see this will take for them to learn
    Scorp :-)

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    Good try. Sounds like there is a bit going on there, not just feeding probs.
    Are they both males? How old? and are they desexed?
    It may pay you to have a trainer or a behaviorist come out to the house and give you some guidance.
    I say this because they are running riot in your house jumping on the furniture and dinning table. Growling, barking, peeing and biting at food time. It can be a handful and I think you will benefit from seeking professional help. It may only take a couple of lessons to send you on the right track. It's hard to get the full picture and help on a
    forum.
    I am in Vic so can't help with any trainers but someone may know of one they could recommend in W.A.
    I wish you luck.

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    It sounds like you have zero control over your dogs (jumping on top of funiture??). I second the seeking the professional help- it sounds like you have more problems then just biting each other while eating.

    To be honest, I would never allow children around dogs that get so out of control that they bite me =/

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    I have 2 large dogs that eat at different sized dishes at different rates. To overcome any confrontation at dinner time i do the following.
    My dogs only have dry food and its Polly who gulps hers down and hangs around Nero eating, so i feed Nero first and make Polly sit before spreading half her food around the ground and the half left in the bowl. This has worked a treat, even when she has finished she still searches her area in case she missed any. In the mean time Nero casually eats his hassle free.

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