Starting around Friday, my dog has been getting increasingly reluctant to eat out of his dish. It started as just hesitation at the moment I told him he could take it, but now it's progressed to the point that he won't even begin to eat. Now he backs away with his head low, staring at the bowl as if he's scared of it. If I slide the bowl toward him, he really backs up and cowers.
He doesn't do this with his identical looking water dish, and he WANTS to eat. To prove this, I put some of the food on the floor and he ate it so fast he nearly put a hole in the linoleum.
It's something about the bowl, but I can't figure it out...
Any ideas on what the problem is or how to fix it?
For some background, it has been a unusual week for him, with a couple trips to strange places, including an all-day stay with my grandparents while I attended a funeral.
Also, I can't help but notice that this behavior stated right about the time I started FF training with him. Any possible connection there?