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Bring out the food bowls and your dogs know that a meal is on its way. But how can you ensure that feeding time doesn’t erupt into a battle over chow in the bowls? “Because food is such an essential part of survival for dogs, people can sometimes unintentionally create stress and even trigger fights in a multidog household by their actions,” declares Dr. Debra Horwitz, a certified veterinary behaviorist who operates Veterinary Behavior Consultations in St. Louis.
She shares these six ways to keep the peace among your dogs at mealtimes:
Dr. Horwitz’s take-home message: “You need to create order at mealtime and do not want to make eating emotionally upsetting or punitive.”
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