Tue, Apr 16, 2024

I would like to bring your attention to the relationship between Bonnie and Truman. These two dogs seem to share a bond that is quite unusual for dogs. They eat, drink, sleep, and engage in activities together. However, lately, Bonnie has displayed a change in eating habits, only eating when she's at Truman's house. Neither the dog owners nor the dogs themselves have ever seen such closely-knitted behavior between dogs, and we are unsure if it is normal or healthy behavior. Could you please provide us with your expert opinion on the matter? Should we be concerned, or is this behavior harmless?

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Dogs can form deep connections with each other, much like humans do with friends and family. Bonnie's change in eating habits, specifically only eating at Truman's house, could be attributed to several factors, including social comfort, environmental preferences, or even the presence of Truman himself providing a sense of security.

If she is maintaining a healthy weight, has a good energy level, and is not showing signs of distress, this behavior might simply be a quirk of her relationship with Truman. However, if you notice weight loss, lethargy, or anxiety when separated from Truman, it might be worth considering ways to encourage more independent eating habits.

To encourage Bonnie to eat regularly, regardless of Truman's presence, you could try feeding her in a quiet, comfortable space in her own home, using the same type of food and feeding bowls as at Truman's house. This could help create a familiar environment that might entice her to eat. Additionally, you could introduce a piece of Truman's bedding or a toy to Bonnie's eating area to provide a sense of his presence. If these efforts don't work and Bonnie doesn't eat at your house, you may need to make long-term improvements.

If she displays behavioral changes like increased aggression, anxiety, or withdrawal, these could be signs of an underlying issue that warrants further investigation.

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