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    training 2 dogs to eat together

    Hi,
    i just added a new puppy to the family on friday. i currently have a 1yr old malamute/lab mix (athena). On friday i adopted a 4month old boxer(apollo). the problem i am having is getting them to eat either in seperate rooms or in the same room at opposite ends of the same room. i believe that i have 2 root causes 1 being the 1yr old although very socialized is not used to having another dog in the house with her and i think she is just excited to have a new friend fulltime. the other is i just switched athena from puppy to regular dog food now i have puppy food in the house again and it seems she is partial to the puppy food or she just don't want apollo to eat. i am mainly looking for suggestions on how to resolve the issue at hand. thanks in advance for any and all help

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    Re: training 2 dogs to eat together

    Why not feed them in their crates?

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    Re: training 2 dogs to eat together

    Put a gate up and feed them in separate rooms. Or, as rvamutt suggested, feed them in their crates. There's no need for them to eat together, and later on it could cause fights over food.

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    Re: training 2 dogs to eat together

    What are you feeding? Many higher quality brands are intended for "all life stages." To keep the dogs separated I would use a baby gate or crates. Feeding the dogs together is not necessary and may result in fighting or one dog getting over or underfed.

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    Re: training 2 dogs to eat together

    I am currently feeding the pup.puppy chow and the adult is eating dog chow. i did seperate them with baby gates this afternoon. and the 1 year old ate the pup doesn't seem to like the puppy chow and only ate a small amount about half a cup. i forgot to mention i got the boxer ( puppy) from a shelter he was there for 2 months so i am sure i have some habits to break that he developed at the shelter.

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    Re: training 2 dogs to eat together

    We have a Boxer and Boxer mix.

    Just FYI: Generic brands of puppy and dog chow (Kibbles N Bits, Ol Roy, Iams/Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc.) include a lot of fillers (corn, soy, etc.), poor quality ingredients (by products, etc.) and chemical preservatives (BHT, etc.). These ingredients result in dogs who must eat more, poop more, often end up with allergies and who may even develop other serious health concerns. You'll end up with healthier dogs who eat less on premium kibble. For more information you can always head over to the nutrition forum here, or check out www.dogfoodproject.com or www.dogfoodanalysis.com

    We feed our pack a raw prey model diet.

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    Re: training 2 dogs to eat together

    Just seperate them for their feedings.

    Give them about 15 minutes to eat, then pick up the dishes.

    Your pup will get used to eating and will eat his 'ration' when you set it down for him, by setting him up on such a schedule. Most dogs don't like eating a huge meal either, at one sitting, so breaking up their meals may help too. The pup should have 3-4 small meals a day.

    You could also hand feed both of them, again, seperately. This is also a good way to work on simple commands.

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    Re: training 2 dogs to eat together

    Its always wiser to keep some space between the dogs when feeding. In general I try about 6-8 feet minimum. Same with horses, but try 30 feet. I would also feed the older dog first that he doesnt think "puppy" gets now all the attention AND is fed first
    If one starts to gulp his food too fast, try putting a rock on top of the food when feeding- fist size should work fine- it slows them down without anxiety and keeps them busy "searching" for more food around the rock but it works well- which is the whole point
    Good luck and have fun

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