Eating Habits

Loki gets 2 meals a day: breakfast & dinner. Lately, he's picked up this odd eating habit. For the first bite of each meal, he takes one piece of kibble from his bowl and eats it outside of his exercise pen. Why? I have no clue. Any ideas? Then he eats his remaining food standing over his bowl inside his exercise pen.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our 8-yr-old adoptee does this too, so whatever it is, more than one shiba does it.

Chibi And Sumo said...

oooh! oooh! i know why! actually, i don't, BUT, i do know that chibi (our shiba) does it too. (however, it's usually the first bite of kibble (e.g. mouthfull). perhaps an instinctual behavior left over from the wild doggie days, where they had to grab a piece of meat and take it away from the rest of the pack so they could sample it in peace and see if it's ok to go back for more:-p

Vi said...

Wow... fascinating! Thanks for that piece of information, Chibi & Sumo.

BTW, Loki's food has large pieces of kibble. So one piece of kibble is a mouthful.

2shibas said...

My shibas do that, too! Their bowl is in the kitchen and they each take their first mouthful and wander the perimeter of the room (they don't lie down like Loki did in the vid) chewing, then go back and continue eating hovered over the bowl. I wonder if other breeds do this, too?!?!?!

Frannie

April said...

Hehe. Nakita will drop the first several pieces on the floor, then eat the rest from the bowl. THEN she has to circle the water/food bowls once and drink the water from behind the stand. Weird much?

Rondah said...

My shiba does this as well. Actually, he likes to pick up his food, put it on the floor, take it to another room, and make sure my other dog is watching him, AND then eats it.

Anonymous said...

My Shiba does not do it however others from the same breeder do the same. I have been said that it comes from when they are puppy: they have one bowl so they take some food and walk away to eat in peace away from their brothers and sisters

barbiefish said...

I don't know if you read comments this long after posting, but wanted to tell you that Siberian Huskys do this too. In fact, one of our dearly departed SHs would also take kibbles out of his bowl (outside) and leave them nearby to attract birds, squirrels, etc. He was quite the predator -- he could wait for them, totally still for hours, and pounce on them like a cat (at least that's our theory from what we were able to observe).

I am interested in getting a Shiba someday; they seem to have some personality traits in common with Huskys, but are better watchdogs.

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