My solution? They are fed one at a time in places that are inaccessible to the other puppies (at least so far). Hence, the puppies have eaten in a sink, bathtub, countertop, desk, on top of a dryer (with the dryer on) as well as outside on the patio and on a straw mat in their ex-pen. And there are different surfaces in each of these locales too which adds to the list of surfaces they have been on - all part of their socialization. If they can eat with zeal in all of these places, they should want to eat anywhere and also not be apprehensive about being on different surfaces. Some puppies are very finicky or lacking in confidence so that if their food is set down in a spot/place they aren't used to, they won't eat. Not these guys!
Do all breeders do this to their puppies? Absolutely NOT! I am sure there are some who think of doing this but I suspect not many. After all, it does take more time to feed puppies one at a time and to move around to different parts of the house - time that many people don't have when raising a litter of puppies. And of course backyard breeders and puppy mills would never do this!
|Blue is almost too big to fit into the laundry sink!|
|Does my dinner come with clean socks?|
|Miss Red enjoying her breakfast during the wrinkle-free setting|
|Green will finish his meal in 27 sec. (or less!) whereas the laundry has 27 min. to go|
|On a desk|
|Yellow in the bathtub|
|Hey, how come she gets to eat in the tub & we don't?|
|We want a turn in the bathtub!|
|Black dining a la stainless steel|