German Shepherd Eating Schedule

Our dog takes delight in eating on an arbitrary and seemingly random schedule.  After carefully observing her behaviour over time, a pattern emerges.

German Shepherd Eating Schedule
German Shepherd Eating Schedule

One factor that can help is the “Cat Incentive Plan”.  There’s two options here that for simplicity I will call Blue and Black.  In the case of Black, the presence of a black cat will force the dog to eat (or pretend to) whatever is presented in her dish.  In the case of Blue, the presence of a blue cat will encourage the dog to invite the cat over to partake of the meal, thereby making plate-clearing a collaborative effort.

Competition is good
Competition is good

Hope this helps describe this odd behaviour.

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