A Towel was my Idea
The dog is probably a little bit older than a year now. We have outside cats, but no additional house pets.
Since he spent the last year tolerating cats in the garage eating from his bowl, he seems to like to hide his food once in a while.
Today was no exception. I filled his bowl next to his kennel on the porch. He immediately tried to push the food into a nook and cranny. He also tried to tug a crate blanket through to cover it. I was on to him and covered his bowl with a hand towel.
I didn't think he was paying attention, until I removed the towel, dropped it on the floor next to the bowl. I then backed up and watched his behavior.
He did not let me down. Within seconds, he was there nosing the towel. Nudge and flip. Nudge and flip. Then, he tucked the towel around the bowl and tapped it tight on top of his food.
Then, he headed into a different room.