I have an adorable Yorkie/jack russel cross but she has a strange habit and I wonder if anyone knows why she does it. She does not always want her food in the morning but I always put it down in case she does, often she ignores it until I start to get ready to take her for a walk THEN she starts eating. Sometimes she has finished her food and there are just a few busicuits left in the bowl, but again, soon as she sees me getting ready for a walk she has to go and eat! Almost like she is fortifiing herself with a snack before walkies. Is that what she is doing? Or what? Do other dogs have this snack before walkies routine or is Muffin just plain odd?
Muffin is just plain odd! LOL Kidding!

Dogs are very much creatures of habit. Wild dogs will either eat all of their food, or hide any leftovers from other predators. So, what I "think" she's doing is ensuring that no other creature can eat her food during her absence from her food dish. Emotion: smile
Thanks,JustaBrat, that fits Muffin to a T, we had another dog who has died now and Muff was always incredibly defensive of her food bowl, even though the other dog was bigger she would not allow any encroachments upon it, even as a puppy she would make it plain - Mine, naff off!! So that habit of defending her food from the start of her life with us could explain this odd habit, which is not the most convenient. when I have a pressing human agenda to get through!!!
You're welcome, Rhiannon.

One thing you could try that worked well with one of my dogs is this ...

Put her food down for her and if she doesn't eat it right away, then pretend that you're going to take and eat it yourself. Just reach for the bowl and say, "Mine!"

If simply reaching for the bowl doesn't work, then pick it up and pretend to be eating the food.

Doing either drove my dog nuts and he'd dive into the bowl to finish up his meal.
JustaBratIf simply reaching for the bowl doesn't work, then pick it up and pretend to be eating the food.
Doing either drove my dog nuts and he'd dive into the bowl to finish up his meal.
Wow Lynn, I didn't know you were so mean! Emotion: big smile Okay, okay, I'm kidding of course. Emotion: wink

Rhiannon Hopkins which is not the most convenient. when I have a pressing human agenda to get through!!!
Do you mean Muffin starts protecting her food from your visitors?

By the way, welcome to the community, Rhiannon! Emotion: smile
Do you mean Muffin starts protecting her food from your visitors?Wow Lynn, I didn't know you were so mean! Emotion: big smile Okay, okay, I'm kidding of course. Emotion: wink
Oh, but I am! I'm the meanest person I know! Emotion: evil LOL Emotion: big smile