Is it bad that I encourage my dog to play with his food?
Sometimes when my dog refuses to eat I flick his food around and he enjoys going to find the pieces. And then he'll go and find it, toss it around a few times then eat it. Eventually after a few flicks he'll result back to his bowl, and eat as he normally does.
Is this bad, should I stop?
He's a very well behaved dog with set rules. Most days I'll have him lay down, pour the food, and give him 15 minutes to eat his food. If he chooses not to I'll pick his food up.