Overweight Dogs Stealing Food

Food Competition is Normal-Feed Separately

Question:

I have two dogs who eat each other’s food nearly every day to the point where the lab is becoming over weight. I try to catch them “in the act” but that’s not always possible. What can we do to help them?

 

Dr. Nichol:

Dogs are competitive eaters for a reason. Despite the abundance of food in your home your two Labs are sure a famine will be starting in about 20 minutes. Competition for food is the reason obesity is common in multiple dog households.

 

Feed your dogs twice daily, at the same time, but in separate rooms with the doors closed. Pick up their bowls after they walk away even if they haven’t finished. You simply won’t allow them to be together when food is available. They will be slim and lovely and their joints will last longer too.