Why does this dog take food out of his bowl to eat it?

  • I noticed that when my roommates feed their puppy, the puppy will take a mouth full of the kibble (but not chew or swallow it), then walk away from his bowl, and drop the kibble on the ground. He will then walk around and eat each individual piece of kibble that he drops across the ground.

    The kibble literally gets spread all across the room, and he wanders around eating all the individual pieces until it's all gone.

    Why does the puppy do this? I'm not really concerned, because he eventually eats it all. I'm just curious as to what causes this behavior.

    I wonder if he is playing with his food

    I've seen several dogs (olders ones too, not just puppies) and I don't really have an explanation.

    Does the puppy live with other dogs or alone? My seven year old Pug does this as well, but I assumed that she picked up when she was living with two other dogs.

    Right now the pup just lives with us and the cat. When he was younger our roommate explained that he was in competition with the other pups in his litter, so that may be it as well.

    My one dog does this and will actually take it to the carpet to eat it.

    Our dog does this. We keep his food in the kitchen and he is super wary of being trapped in the kitchen (he's wary of a lot of things) so he takes it to a place that he feels safer.

    My Chihuahua has done this since on dry food. I have wondered about this too! It's just her and me here.

  • Beo

    Beo Correct answer

    7 years ago

    I have seen dogs do this too. Animals sometime drag their kills off to protect their food from other animals. Feral cats will sometimes rip a hunk of meat of a carcass and run off with it to prevent other cats from taking it. Wolves and other animals often have an eating order and a lower ranking animal may try to steal a bit of food out of turn and run off with it to eat to avoid repercussions.

    Your dog could be exhibiting an instinct along these lines. Also your dog may feel more secure in the area he is moving its food to. Maybe it is less open or more quiet.

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