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Two questions really.....I’ve had Macey about 5 weeks and she almost always lays down by her dish to eat.... and about half the time to drink as well - I’ve never seen a dog do this before and just curious!
Second, while she seems to like her food - sometimes she is just not interested and won’t eat for instance her breakfast until almost noon. She’s a rescue - about 11 months old and no digestive problems .... she is also super picky about treats - basically it has to be pure meat or salmon or she won’t take it ... which makes training a lot challenging...
 

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Mine lays down to eat kibble but not his raw food unless its RMB. When we travel we do kibble and just like when he was a puppy (was kibble fed) he still lays down. He also self regulates his food intake. Skinny and tall dog. Although he is still a huge foody and loves to work for food anytime.
 

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I had a Doberman mix that laid down to eat. She was a slow eater, too, practically one kibble at a time. It would sometimes take her ten minutes to finish a meal. Leo, my current GSD, frequently drink while lying down if she is in her crate or on her bed with the bowl conveniently near.

As for the not eating when it's offered, I don't put up with that. My late Doberman cross (mentioned above) had to be free fed when I got her because she was in such poor shape, but once she was better, I switched to meal feeding. It took nearly a week of me picking up her bowl with uneaten food in it before she would eat everything in one sitting.
 

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Huh. Never seen that before. But like the others said I suppose it's normal esp when the dogs are really tall.
When the wife had Great Danes she was instructed to elevate the food dish...and always leave food in it because they will never eat it all a one time, but should have food available if they got hungry.

It was only after reading the forum that we lowered Saints food dish to the floor. And that was because lowering the dish prevented bloat.

Now to get back on topic...Holy Cow I never saw that before. I thinking a GSD might eat slower if they laid down to eat...but I dunno.
 

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When the wife had Great Danes she was instructed to elevate the food dish...and always leave food in it because they will never eat it all a one time, but should have food available if they got hungry.

It was only after reading the forum that we lowered Saints food dish to the floor. And that was because lowering the dish prevented bloat.

Now to get back on topic...Holy Cow I never saw that before. I thinking a GSD might eat slower if they laid down to eat...but I dunno.
I'm glad that this was brought up. The research is inconclusive regarding a dog's position when eating although I like to be on the safe side of things and not elevate a dog's food or water dish. At this moment while my puppy is training she will only eat from my hand and doesn't have a food bowl but will similarly lay down to drink at times.

Since she is skipping a meal do keep an eye on the speed at which she eats. If she's eating quickly you may consider a feeding dish that will prevent that.

Being a rescue we aren't aware of what her schedule/habits were prior to you. Considering that she is picky to eat only pure meat I would guess that her previous owners were feeding her limited quantity (skipping breakfast/1-2 meals) to save on cost or had multiple dogs.
Five weeks should be long enough to adapt to your schedule and her caloric requirements so she may simply be picky as you have described.

  • Will she only eat around you?
  • What time is her last meal?
  • How active is she?
If you'd like to train her to eat on your schedule you may want to feed her by hand (and while training) at your selected times until she adapts. Hunger is naturally a strong driving force so typically food is something they quickly adapt to.

Watch her weight to make sure she's keeping healthy otherwise it seems like nothing to worry about!

Congrats and all the best with her! :smile2:
 

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This topic has come up several times lately, and each time I post this video, so people are probably getting tired of it, lol. Rocky eats all of his meals this way. None of my other dogs have ever done this.


 

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Her meals are approximately 8a and 630p although sometimes she won’t eat breakfast until noon.....But she’ll eat again in the evening so she always gets two meals in eventually lol. She never eats fast and takes very small bites..... nothing wrong with her teeth or mouth. She was quite thin when I got her and she’s put on 2 lbs in 5 weeks but still has the slim “teenager” body :)
We walk 2x day and she does run around our yard quite a bit on her own, guarding-and chasing birds!
Her foster family did use bargain dog food .. I’ve got her on wilderness premium puppy chow, transitioning to Victor high pro plus. It’s so interesting to me that so many other GSDs are laying down to eat also.
 

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My dog lays down to eat kibble and will only eat it off a serving type plate or the floor. Her raw she eats off a plate while standing (won't eat from a bowl) and has to be able to circle it while she's eating or she won't eat. She's very particular about food in general.
 

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When the wife had Great Danes she was instructed to elevate the food dish...and always leave food in it because they will never eat it all a one time, but should have food available if they got hungry.

It was only after reading the forum that we lowered Saints food dish to the floor. And that was because lowering the dish prevented bloat.

Now to get back on topic...Holy Cow I never saw that before. I thinking a GSD might eat slower if they laid down to eat...but I dunno.
I was told the same thing with my Dane. Let her graze and keep the dish elevated.

My Shepherds have always eaten at about floor level, Sabs and Lex had dishes that were raised a couple of inches but only because they were in holders to prevent being pushed around. Sabi only started laying down when she was too unsteady to stand anymore.

Shadow lays down to eat sometimes, but I suspect on the days when she is not feeling well. I cannot think why it would be an issue, it's not uncommon for wild dogs, wolves, coyotes and jackals to lay down and eat if they can snag something and move off with it.

I have seen tons of pups do it, Sabi used to fall asleep with her head in her dish!
 

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Our newest gsd will often eat laying down, in fact I doubt there is a position he won’t eat in. This guy is a bottomless pit.
 

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Hank occasionally lays down with food that takes a few minutes of chewing to eat (bone-in chicken thighs, partially frozen chicken backs, pig tails, frozen chicken feet, etc)
 

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I was told the same thing with my Dane. Let her graze and keep the dish elevated.

My Shepherds have always eaten at about floor level, Sabs and Lex had dishes that were raised a couple of inches but only because they were in holders to prevent being pushed around. Sabi only started laying down when she was too unsteady to stand anymore.

Shadow lays down to eat sometimes, but I suspect on the days when she is not feeling well. I cannot think why it would be an issue, it's not uncommon for wild dogs, wolves, coyotes and jackals to lay down and eat if they can snag something and move off with it.

I have seen tons of pups do it, Sabi used to fall asleep with her head in her dish!
Both of my dogs graze. Neither over eat, they get 8 cups whenever I see a bowl empty and it's usually gone for both of them within 2 days. They eat sporadically and whenever they're hungry. I haven't tried elevating their food though, is there a reason for doing this other than it's more comfortable of taller dogs? My shepherd lays down, my other dog who is about 5 inches shorter doesn't seem to mind much.
 

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It's okay

Both of my dogs graze. Neither over eat, they get 8 cups whenever I see a bowl empty and it's usually gone for both of them within 2 days. They eat sporadically and whenever they're hungry. I haven't tried elevating their food though, is there a reason for doing this other than it's more comfortable of taller dogs? My shepherd lays down, my other dog who is about 5 inches shorter doesn't seem to mind much.
My GSD occasionally won't eat breakfast either, but I feed three meals a day so he usually eats at lunch. Many dogs do strange things with their food bowls - my daughter's dog picks up his bowl, carries it into another room and dumps it on the floor and then eats. I have a friend with a GSD whose dog skips an entire day of eating every now and then. If your dog isn't ill, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, then it's okay to let it eat how it eats. I do use a no gobble bowl with raised bumps in the bowl to stop the gobbbling. We do, however, use a somewhat elevated bowl stand - I use a flower pot stand which is a few inches high, and he likes that.
 
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