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    Since it's been getting darker earlier, I've moved where James gets his bone to a paved area so I don't have to stay with him and keep watch for toads.

    Anyway, I stick my head out occasionally to check on him, and if I pop out when he's about halfway through his bone, he'll pick it up and try to sneak past me so he can eat in the same room as me. If I leave him outside alone after that point, he'll stop eating and try to come in. If I sit outside with him he'll plonk himself down next to me and keep eating.

    This evening I got distracted upstairs and actually forgot about him until he gave a bark - he was sitting at the door with a half-finished bone, wanting to bring it in. I went outside with him and ended up with a dog and bone in my lap.

    Any reason why he decides to do this halfway through each bone? He's not at all food protective. I pat him while he eats. Can take it away without a peep. He doesn't care if he's facing me or not whilst he eats - he'll just eat where ever he flops down. It's only halfway through that he decides he wants to be close to me with his bone.

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    HMm, maybe halfway he realises that youre not there anymore? Some dogs get really into it, but when all the good stuff is gone, they'll suddenly realise - hey, wheres my best friend?
    Idunno, Im just guessing, but I hope this helps

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    James is young for memory isn't he??

    I had a young dog that would come and sit on my lap when eating a bone. Basically wanted both, me and the bone.

    As she got older this stopped.

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    He's 16 weeks.

    That's interesting. Thanks for your replies! I'd always thought the thing was that dogs prefer privacy with their bones - is this something they grow into or just simply not applicable to all dogs?

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    Generally the need for privacy is something they grow into but still it's not something all dogs need/want.

    If I had just one whippet my guess would be they would choose to eat their bone in the comfort of the lounge room probably on the lounge.

    The gordon setter who is more food orientated than any of the whippets would probably pick a place outside.

    None of my dogs are aggressive towards the family regarding their bones, but they will defend them against each other so are tethered out when having bones. Because the setter will always finish her bone before the whippets and take theirs.

    The two puppies at 13 weeks old will eat the same bone together. I will keep watch to see when this changes though.

    This is them eating bones on the weekend out the front yard. As you can see the puppies are in the pen sharing. Puppies are also used to eating out of the same bowl with the entire litter and normally don't go to separate eating until they go to their new homes. My guess is your puppy still has this litter pack eating mentality which may change with maturity.


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    Niques, I wouldn't be concerned, this very usual behaviour.

    I cannot recall ever owning a dog who would choose to eat their bone over spending time with me.

    I know that many have this idea that a bone to a dog is one of the most highly prized, sacred possessions - and they would be right. But fail to realise that we humans/owners are even MORE highly prized (to the dog.)

    The only times I can recall dogs eating their bones is when I have placed them outside to specifically do so. They have usually continued to sit at the back door for a while till they realise I have taken myself out of the equation, then they'll toddle off and enjoy their bone. But of course, if I was to walk out, nope, bone is forgotten. Lol.

    James sounds lovely.

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    You learn something new.

    Very enlightening, thanks guys

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    I'm also wondering if around the halfway through mark is when he's getting full? Thus starting to lose a bit of interest? If he's only a pup, and I don't know what breed he is, nor what sort of bone you're giving him.

    But my dogs would all rather me over a bone too, so its not unusual
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