Do you have a dog who takes food that fits into their mouth and runs away from their bowls? If you do, then do you ever wonder why they do this?
According to a study, it is more than just an odd sense of making themselves look cute. It could be that there is a deep instinctive reason behind it.
When dogs in the wild make a kill, the outranked animals drag pieces of food away so they don’t have to fight the leader or a more dominant canine for it,” Dr. Julie Albright-Keck of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine told Vetstreet. “Fighting is obviously very risky, so most animals, especially subordinate ones, will go to great lengths to avoid an altercation.”
Sarah Wilson, dog expert and co-author of nine books, including “Good Owners, Great Dogs,” says she might just be sensitive or nervous.
“This appears to be an urge to take their food to a quieter or more secure area to eat in peace,” Wilson told The Dodo. “One of my dogs, PJ, would not take a mouthful away but would pick up her entire bowl to move to a quieter dining spot if she felt stressed.”
But the behavior could also be attributed to nesting, Jonathan Klein, owner of I Said Sit dog training school in Los Angeles, told The Dodo.
“Almost like a squirrel that stores away food, except that most dogs don’t save it, they eat it right away,” Klein said.
Your dog could also simply have a problem with the bowl.
“If you’re feeding your dog from a metal bowl, it’s possible that the clinking sound created by food being pushed around, or a dangling collar tag, may be irritating or upsetting your dog,” Dr. Holly Ahlgrim of DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon, told The Dodo. “They may be chewing their food away from the bowl to avoid the sound.”
For as long as your pet’s behavior of doing this is not causing himself or anyone else the harm, then you can just consider this as part of your dog’s nature and personality. But in the simplest sense of the word, it could just simply hint how happy they are with the food they are having and we can be assured we are definitely giving them our best.
Check out this link to learn two tips on how to change this eating habit of your dog if it happens to bother you.