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Miranda Converse
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I know this is kind of a random problem but I'm wondering if anyone has come up with a way to feed their dog in the presence of small pigs? Or maybe just help me brainstorm an idea...I have two Kune Kune pigs, which have free reign of the yard and an Anatolian shepherd named Archer.  Archer is very weird with his food.  He rarely eats right away but is protective of it, to a point.  He will successfully defend his food from one pig.  As soon as the second pig comes around, they come from both sides and once they get to his food, he gives up and just watches them eat, defeated and sad-like.
We have tried feeding them at the same time so the pigs are distracted with their own food, but they always finish eating first and head right towards his food.  We tried feeding him after dark when the pigs are sleeping, but they hear us and wake up. We've also tried feeding him different foods that maybe he would be more inclined to eat faster but that doesn't seem to matter.  We have also tried raising the bowl above the pigs but they push the bowl up from underneath or break whatever is holding the bowl up.

Any ideas? This poor dog looks so pathetic watching the pigs eat his food...
 
Todd Parr
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Maybe try feeding him on top of something like a picnic table that the pigs can't get up on.
 
Wes Hunter
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Todd Parr wrote:Maybe try feeding him on top of something like a picnic table that the pigs can't get up on.


Yep.  Or bring the dog inside for feeding.  A version of the latter might be as simple as a short wall in front of an open shed that the dog can jump over at its convenience.
 
Kelly Smith
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you might need to build the dog a pen that only he can jump into and out of, but the pigs cant get into.
cattle or hog panels would work best.
you can add a "lgd jump gate" so only the dog can get in. see below:

 
Miranda Converse
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He is an outside dog 100% of the time and for many different reasons, is not allowed in the house whatsoever. We could possibly feed him in the garage but since he doesn't always eat right away, that would mean locking him in there for possibly an hour or more.  Not sure how he would feel about that but we could try.  Maybe we could install a doggy door...Do they make them for dogs the size of a small pony?

I like the gate idea! We would have to spend some time training him to it though. We still have a hard time getting him to jump into the back of our SUV.  He's a giant dog but does not realize he is capable of jumping. He always steps onto the bumper then gets stuck standing there with his back feet on the ground lol

I would love to build him his own 'house' where he can get away from the rest of the animals if he so chooses.  He's got a dog house but the pigs have free access to it and sleep in there just as much as he does...
 
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