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Ok, I have a 7 year old Husky and a 10 week Dobie.. they are making me insane. Ayden steals the puppies food like its doggie crack and Mason steals Aydens food... same deal. What in the world is going on?!

Masons on Beneful puppy and Aydens on Adult food...

Is this a case of "the grass is always greener (in the other food bowl)..."??

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Yes it is. You're also likely dealing with "competitive eating". Some dogs will eat everything in range just because another dog is around. I've seen dogs eat dirt based on these motivations - seriously. I emptied a pot of soil in the garden, a Doberman puppy decided to investigate it, our old Golden Retriever "saw" him ( she's about blind ) and I guess thought he was eating it. So, she came over and started eating. He saw her eating it (the alpha female) and decided it must be good. I managed to see them doing it so I ordered them away. But, as soon as I turned my back they were sneaking over and heaving it down like it was bacon.  :P

If you are around them the entire time they eat, you can train them not to poach each other's food. Or, you can feed them separately in their pen - or however. Keeping food down in this situation might be futile.

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OMG that is hilarious about the dirt!!! You must have been laughing pretty hard! Dogs can be so silly. Mason got his ears cropped today and for some reason he is STARVING and eating his food AND Aydens!

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I don't remember laughing, but I'm pretty sure there was some swearing and empty threats.  ;)

It's good he has such a good appetite after surgery. At his age you can give him as mush as he wants as long as it's not too much at a time. Puppies are funny. Some days they'll eat as mush food as you'll put in the bowl, and other days a full bowl will sit there all day. I just figure it has to do with their growing cycles.