This article from green Pets is on 8 Reasons Never Feed Your Dogs from Same Bowl.
Food bowl sharing in a multi-dog household is a really bad idea. While some owners of more than one dog feed them from the same bowl, it’s a really bad idea. All dogs in the family should be fed from individual bowls, and in separate areas of the house.
- One reason is that if two or more dogs are fed from the same bowl, unless the owner is standing over them at every meal, he or she can’t know how much each dog is eating.
- It’s important to monitor your dog’s appetite as a sign of her or his general well-being. In fact, one of the first questions most veterinarians ask when you bring your pet in for an exam is, “How’s he eating?” or “Have you noticed any change in his appetite?”
- Another reason to feed your pets from their own bowls is to prevent a more dominant dog from eating his meal and then pushing others out of the way so he can help himself to their meals as well. Many animals over-consume calories if fed in the presence of other animals — it’s almost a form of competitive eating. This can quickly lead to obesity in a bossy dog and lack of adequate nourishment in the more submissive dog in the family.
- If you have two dogs and one of them has a food sensitivity or allergy. Do you make him eat the trigger food anyway because your other dog isn’t sensitive to it, or do you deprive the other dog to avoid triggering a GI disturbance in your allergic dog? Clearly neither of these solutions is ideal.
- The biggest risk of a shared food bowl, though, is food aggression between dogs.In a worst-case scenario, food aggression can result in injuries to a dog and/or an owner who tries to break up a dogfight. But before the “big event,” there are usually a series of smaller skirmishes occurring at mealtime.
- It’s the nature of dogs to compete for resources, even when there are plenty of resources to go around. Dogs view many things as worth fighting for, including favorite toys, a special napping spot or “their” human. Food, of course, is a resource, and for many dogs it’s the most important resource in their world.
- This is especially true of high-value foods like recreational bones or extremely tasty treats.
- Dogs Prefer to Dine Alone. All household dogs, even visiting dogs should be fed from individual bowls in separate areas of the home. If you can’t physically close them off from each other, constant supervision is your only option. It’s also a very good idea to pick up the bowls as soon as the dogs have eaten, even empty bowls can trigger a problem.
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Chickens Are Smart! A new study by the Kimmela Center finds that “chickens are just as cognitively, emotionally and socially complex as most other birds and mammals in many areas.”
It concludes that chickens “share a number of cognitive capacities with other highly intelligent species such as dogs, chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins, and even humans.”
“Teaching Kids color doesn’t matter”
Green Pets newest “pet” project is an awareness campaign for “Black Dog Friday”. Black Dog Syndrome is a real thing. A phenomenon that most shelter workers deal with daily.
People judge dogs by their color
Black Dogs get passed over for lighter colored dogs
Black Dogs are least adopted and therefore the most euthanized of all shelter dogs
Dark furred dogs rot in their kennels waiting for someone to love them.
Lighter colored siblings get adopted out immediately.
At Green Pets we ask… is the color of a dog the kind of judgement we want to teach our children? The thought process of thinking one dog is better than the other, solely based on a dog’s color is wrong. It’s equal to making the same judgement about the people in our community.
Treatment of our animals is a deep seeded psycho social issue. As an example, there’s a direct link to animal abuse and domestic abuse. And between judgment of people by color.
We hope to change seeded bias with the “Black Dog Friday” educational campaign. We do this in many ways including teaching in schools the humane treatment of all animals, regardless of age, color or breed.
As the saying goes, if you know better you do better. At Green Pets we work daily to ensure via education that our next generation will do better when it comes to loving and caring for all companion animals, regardless of breed, age or color.
Black Dog Friday
- Teaching children dogs and people are the same regardless of color.
- Getting black dogs adopted from shelters every Friday.
- Connecting people to awesome dogs… and dogs to awesome people.
- Helping end People, Gender and Animal bias in America
Black Dog Friday – Teaching Kids Color Doesn’t Matter
Want to know how to end 2016 on a positive note?
Do something in the next day to help someone else.
Why, because it will make you feel good. It will make another human being and an animal feel good. You like most worked hard and did good work in 2016. Now put the cherry on the top and do something nice for someone in need of your help and of your generosity.
Make your last act of 2016 be a donation to help your fellow man…and companion animals.
Donate. As 2016 is drawing to a close there’s still time to help a nonprofit. Hopefully that nonprofit is ours. Green Pets America Charities in Georgia.
Donate and help us reach our 2016 goal of $15,000 for abused, abandoned, ill, hungry and neglected companion animals in the greater Georgia area. All donations made to the Green Pets America Charities 501c3 nonprofit before year’s end will be eligible for a 100% tax deduction, and, most importantly, will help support our critical services for companion animals and their families in need. That could mean more rescues, more adoptions, and more lives saved, so please don’t wait! Donate now to help us reach our 2016 goal.
For those of us whose mission is to protect the lives and provide well-being to our fellow animals, there’s a troubling question we’ve asked ourselves for a decade: Why does Animal Welfare Continue to Get Worse?
Why, despite the continuing work of animal welfare, animal rights, the green movement, and ecological groups, does the animal situation, Globally and in America continue to get worse not better?
To change this societal issue Green Pets America Charities educates school age children and adults that the brutal treatment of our companion animals is a deep seeded psycho social issue that must be addressed before meaningful and lasting change will occur. At Green Pets we show via our programs the direct scientific link of animal abuse to domestic abuse. And the direct scientific link to species discrimination and race discrimination.