I posted this photo once before, but since you asked, this is how Murray eats:
I call this "Din Din On Throne With Pantyhose".[/b]
Dixie does somethi9ng very similar to this. She will grab some from her bowl, take it to the living room and eat it. Once that is done she returns to the dining room to finish off the bowl. I chalked i up to weird rescue behavior, maybe it is weird basset behavior instead.When i put his food in his bowl he always takes one piece and takes it to his bed to eat and once he's eaten it and sure that the food is good, he returns to his bowl to finish the rest. What a wierdo! Anyone else have any wierd dog behaviours?[/b]
ok, so I moved Louie's bowls to his "room" with his bed where he was bringing his food to nibble on and lo and behold, he doesn't do it anymore. What a wierdo!! I guess he didn't like eating in the kitchen...This is so weird because literally this afternoon I read a section about that exact behavior in my new book - Essential Care in the Field - Apparently, dogs in the wild did that because it's not safe to stay around eating at the kill site.
They would tear off a big hunk of meat and take it back to their home/den/whatever and sometimes regurgitate it there and either eat it or feed it to the little ones. If you sat there eating at the kill site, you could be a lion's next meal, etc.
The author's recommendation for pet dog or hunting dog owners is to make sure the feeding location feels safe to them - that it's secure and not in the open - and that secure can mean different things to different dogs - not where people or other animals are, not where there back is facing an open space etc. He suggested moving the feeding location to wherever the dog takes the food to because that is the place they feel safe. His example was feeding them in there bed if that's where they go. I'd take his advice to mean that if a dog was moving his food to another room it doesn't mean the dog needs to be fed in that other room necessarily, but that adjustments might need to be made to where the dog is eating now - a secure little space created.[/b]