Why take food out of the bowl to the carpet?

@Toofancy (549)
United States
February 8, 2009 9:58am CST
I have two dogs. One chihuahua, and one poodle. When they eat food from their bowl, they put the food in their mouths, and then take the pieces to the carpet in the next room and eat it there. Both of them do this. My son was visiting yesterday, and he saw the dogs doing this, and commented that HIS chihuahua also takes his food from the bowl to the carpet to eat. Does your dog do this? Why do dogs do this? Do all dogs do it? I am very curious about this habit.
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@Barbietre (1444)
• United States
3 Mar 09
I had 3 dogs, and 2 of them did it. They brought it into the room where we were. I think they may have done it to be part of the pack ( us).
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• United States
30 Sep 11
I have a male Rottweiler that does the same exact thing. I have read that they do this if they don't feel like the alpha (which is a good thing, since you should be alpha)...they do this either as a sign of respect (they are offering you first choice to their kibble) or to protect it from being eaten by the alpha. This behavior can also be reflective of their puppy years, where they may have had to compete for food with their siblings.
• United States
22 Jul 10
well i have 1 dog but he dose do almost the same thing but he just takes it out of the bowl and eats it hes a American Eskimo his bowl is on the tile he picks it up and puts it down on to the tile but not on the carpet
@Toofancy (549)
• United States
4 Mar 09
Now there is a thought! I had not thought about that. Maybe that is why they do it. Interesting idea. Thanks!
@goldeneagle (6779)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I have three chihuahuas, and all three of them do this. Their food bowl is in the kitchen, but they will always run into the kitchen, get a mouthful of food, then trot back into the living room, drop the pieces onto the carpet, and eat a couple of them at a time until the mouthful is gone. Then, they will run back in there, get another mouthful, and do the same thing. I don't know why they do it. I figured that it was somehow related to the fact that all three of them eat out of the same bowl, and sometimes more than one of them are trying to eat at the same time, but then I noticed them doing it even when only one of them was eating. My step-mom also has a poodle, and she says that her poodle does the same thing most of the time, even though she is the only dog in the house. I have no clue why they do this. I guess it is just something in their nature. Maybe a vet or something can answer the question for you. If you happen to find out, please let me know. I would certainly love to know why. I have wondered this very question myself in the three years since we got our first dog...
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• United States
3 Mar 09
it is interesting to say the least...LOL I really enjoy watching them run around doing what they do...they are my little darlings LOL
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
10 Feb 09
We had our poodle for 5 years before we got our chihuahua, and in those 5 years, the poodle always took his food from the bowl to the carpet, and then ate it piece by piece until it was gone. Then, as you said, he would run back and get more. So, it wasn't because he had to share the food. I guess I am more curious than ever now, since so many people say their dogs do this too. I thought that maybe my chihuahua was doing it because my poodle did. Now I see that this is just some kind of doggy habit. If I ever get an answer I will let you know. I have a few books on chihuahuas and none of them say anything about it.
@dsrtrose (166)
• United States
9 Feb 09
Two of my 4 dogs do the same thing, maybe the bowl bunches the food up so they cannot get a good bite so they put it on the floor to separate it out?? Who knows why they do what they do.If only their little mouths could speak!
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
10 Feb 09
That is a good point! I never thought about the fact that maybe they just can't get a good bite right out of the bowl. It looks to me like they are trying to eat it one small piece at a time. So, maybe they have a hard time getting one small piece out of the bowl. That's food for thought (pardon the pun). Thanks for your comment!
• United States
9 Feb 09
Not all dogs do this because my boxer and my lab don't but my Chihuahua does the same thing. Maybe it is a habit of smaller dogs. I am not sure why they do this it is an odd behavior.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Yes, I was thinking either a small dog habit, or an inside dog habit. Because one person has commented that they have a lab mix, and their dog does it...not every time but sometimes. So....hmmm. This is all very interesting. Thanks for sharing your comment!
@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
8 Feb 09
Well I have a chihuahua too and he dose the same thing. It is kind of funny taking food on the carpet but he do as you said. He go on the carpet and eat there, maybe he is more comfortable and I think the main reason is that to eat in a safe place where no one can reach his food. My dog eats a lot and every time he sees someone eating he cries for food, and gets really angry in having someone getting near his food.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Yes, my dog has to eat every time he sees somebody else eating. He is not aggressive with his food, though. But my poodle is VERY aggressive about his food. If you want to keep your hand, you better not put it near his food!
@murkcore (84)
• Philippines
8 Feb 09
I'm a vet student and i see this behavior all the time. I also own 2 dogs now. They do that for some sort of privacy. They might think someone might takeaway their food (specially if you have other pets around). Most dogs are very aggressive when they are eating. It is nature to them. Animals in a pack usually behaves like this. They were like that in the wild before we domesticated them. Sometimes they do it just because they like it, most often if you give them a piece bone or a chew toy or something to play with. Try feeding them separately, like one dog in this room the other on the other room. Or you could train or have them trained not to do that.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
10 Feb 09
How interesting to be a vet student! Good luck with that. I am sure you see some intersting things. As far as feeding them separately goes...my poodle did this 5 years before we got the chihuahua, when he was the only dog in the house. So feeding them separately won't matter (in my case, at least). It doesn't bother me that they take the food to the carpet....I just wondered why they did it, and if all dogs do it. So, after reading all of these comments, I see that whatever the reason is, it seems to be a common habit among dogs. Thanks for your comment!
• United States
8 Feb 09
My dog does the same thing and he is a Lab mix. He does not do it every time though. I am curious as to what others think about this.
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@Toofancy (549)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Is your dog an inside dog? I thought maybe this was only a small dog habit, but if your dog is a Lab mix, he must be a good size dog. So far, the large response is that a lot of dogs do it....but no one know why. Thanks for commenting!
@Caugh56 (58)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I don't own a dog but my neighbor has a dog and she does the same thing. Now doesn 't take it to the other room. But takes it out of her dish and puts it on the carpet to eat it. I wish I knew way too that animals or dogs do this. Unless of course they learned it when they were young. Maybe it's from learning from there mother or even genetics. Honestly i'm not sure.
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• Canada
10 Feb 09
I know some friends that have little bichon frise crossed dogs, and both of them do it. I don't have a dog in the house, but my farm dog, she will eat the kibbles out of her bowl, but anything else we put in there that is mobile, she will take away. She either bury's it for later consumption, or eats it somewhere else. It's alost as if she doesn't want to be seen eating. I have 2 house cats...brothers. The biggest one is at the food dish all the time, but the smaller one, he reaches into the bowl, while his brother is eating, and drags a piece of kibble up the side of the bowl and out of the bowl. Then he eats it. Sometimes he picks up the kibbles with his paw like a hand and eats it in the air instead of off the floor beside the dish. I've always thought he did this because his brother is like a 'hog at the trough'. But their food dish never gets empty. I just to it up all the time. But they are still more interested when I have just filled it.