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.