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April 5th, 2004, 04:56 PM
Hi, this is just a general question, I am pretty sure how to stop it but anyway....For the last 2 and a half years Oscar had been using a large blue plastic feeding bowl, when we got Mocha we bought her a little stainless steel bowl and they instinctively knew that each owned their own bowl and whatever food was in those bowls wasn't to be shared.
It looked horrible having a pretty exspensive steel bowl next to a cheap plastic bowl so when a paint your own pottery place opened my boyfriend made Oscar a nice ceramic bowl with pretty colors and his name...still blue on the inside in case he got confused!!!
Now Mocha thinks that her bowl is hers only but that his bowl is we also have a ceramic treat cannister that is of course both of theirs and I painstakingly taught them one week that if I take the lid off they can reach in and take ONE treat each which they learned very well. I am wondering if maybe since the bowl and treat jar are both ceramic could Mocha be confusing them and think she can eat out of his bowl?

April 5th, 2004, 05:46 PM
Is she taking one bite at a time?

April 5th, 2004, 05:48 PM
ha ha, no she grabs a mouthful of kibble like she normally would her own bowl

April 5th, 2004, 05:51 PM
Hmmm, I'm not sure then. If she was confused, I'm thinking she would do the same thing on both the treat jar and the bowl.

C J Modisette
April 6th, 2004, 07:03 PM
If you put the treat jar down on the floor and walked away Mocha would probably take more than one treat, too. I think your first instinct is right, she's confused by the ceramic. Dogs don't see color the way we do so she's going by smell. One ceramic jar smells just like a ceramic bowl. Maybe you can use the bowl for something else and get Oscar a plastic bowl that is nicer than his original one.

Bill & Bob
April 6th, 2004, 08:24 PM
My first concern when I read this was what kind of paint was used to paint the ceramic bowl? I'm sure you thought of this already, but I thought I'd mention it just in case. Hope it wasn't a lead based paint. That could deteriorate over time and wouldn't be good for either poochie.