Picking up food from bowl and placing throughout the house
Nala is now 3.5 years old. Great girl, fairly well behaved and knows that wife and I are pack leaders. At around 2 year old, we moved into our first house (from apartments) and she started pulling more on walks and barking/pulling for other dogs and started getting nippy with neighbors. We took her to a few professionals for assessment, and they all agreed that it was a nerves thing. She went to boot camp for 3 weeks and then we did human training. She can now walk without a leash and listen to me. We are very proud of her.
For the past 1-2 years, Nala would take first 2-3 bites of food from her bowl in the kitchen and drop the food in the living room. She would then pick it back up, eat it. Then eventually go to her bowl to finish her food for the remainder of the meal. Nala is a slow eater. She eats as she pleases and never scarfs her food.
She's been eating 4 cups of food most of her life and has weighed in the low 90's. In the past 6 month, she suddenly went to 105. So we have reduced her to 3 cups a day. She's back to her low 90's over a period of about 2 months. Not sure if this has anything to do with what just happened today....
We have never liked how she takes her first few bites elsewhere, as it is dirty. But have learned to live with it. Today, however, she started something new. She would pickup a a bite and then place it one area of the house on the same floor. Then do the same thing to a new area. This resulted in 4 random spots where she laid a mess of food. So I took her bowl away and waited for her to clean up for the 4 spots. 25 minutes later, she cleaned them. I placed her bowl back down, and she started the same thing.
I am hoping this is just an off day for her, but I don't want to allow this to get any worse. Looking for advice and suggestions on how to curb this problem of removing her food from the bowl.