Ok, no, I have to write you also this thought, bc my pea brain will forget it otherwise.
Do you think puppy!reader was with other hybrids at her previous owner before being adopted by Hotch to live with him and puppy!Spencer?
Because if yes, I think she had to fight for her food. And given the fact that it's established that puppy is a smaller and weaker kinda pet, I think she was not a good fighter.
So for one, she is absolutely malnourished and Hotch really has to do everything he can to get her back on the track she should be for her kind of breed.
But it also means, that in the beginning she immediately surrendered to Spencer (bc he is a big pet), knowing she wouldn't stand a chance against him. So whenever it's feeding time, she let's him have her food. And Spencer being the dumbass he is sometimes, thinks puppy is full from treats she got over the course of the day, so he happily eats her food too.
And when Hotch sees that for the first time, he tries to feed them at separate times, like, he gives Spencer his bowl first and then fills puppy's. But puppy leaves it untouched, scared that Spencer will hurt her as soon as she gets to it.
So Hotch starts to feed them at the same time, but in different rooms. Spencer still eats in the kitchen, but he takes puppy with him into his office and locks the door, making sure she feels safe.
But now, she things she has to eat as fast as possible and downs the whole bowl, effectively making her puke it all out, bc her stomach hasn't had so much food in it for a very long time
So yeah, it's a lot of untraining bad habits, but with lots and lots and lots of patience, they are able to get her to eat peacefully next to Spencer, getting all the nutrients she needs to be a healthy pet
(Sorry, this is kinda dark :/)
OMG POOR PUPPY!!! I’m crying. If only you could see my tears!! But also I don’t think I’ve ever answered something as fast I have this.
I feel like her prev owners hosted a kind of puppy!hybrid fighting ring and she was by far the weakest, both from her size but also from the lack of food, so she also has a good chunk of scars littered over her body from the fights mostly from the ring but also when it was feeding time.
And the fact that Puppy is actually starving when she lets Spence eat all her food makes it all worse because she sure would like to eat, but is too scared that he’ll bite and scratch her because she was out of line from what she had always known.
When Hotch takes her to his office to eat, he ends up having to hand feed her for the first long while, not even wanting to touch the bowl or sniff at it because she can hear Spencer moving around in the kitchen. She just whines up at him at lays her ears flat down.
The first time she actually eats out of his own bowl Hotch feels so proud of her until he notices how she’s scouring down the meal and also hears Spencer’s nails digging into the door. Safe to say that the rug in his office was never the same and he ended up buying a new one.
When he finally gets her to eat slower he moves her back into the kitchen to eat but turns back to the separated eating times until he feels that she’s ready to try eating next to Spence again. At first, she still feels intimidated by the thought, and Spencer is quickly finished with his dinner, almost ready to pounce on yours because he remembered how she let him eat it previously.
Hotch puts his foot between the two of them, holding Spencer back. That’s when she finally understands that no one is going to harm her in a fight for food and starts slowly nibbling the pellets up, looking up at Hotch for reassurance, which he gives her, gladly, by calling her his good girl