Stop! How can I Keep My Dog from Eating Food Too Fast?
These Fast and Free Tricks Slow Down Your Dog's Eating Pace and Stimulate its Mind
- Does your dog eat too fast?
- Does your dog often get sick after eating too quickly?
Here are some tricks for not only preventing too-fast eating but stimulating your dog's mind, too.
This is Too Easy
To keep your dog from gulping down its food, simply turn a standard stainless steel bowl upside-down, so that the food is distributed in a ring around the center—resembling something like a bundt cake pan.
In addition to dramatically slowing your dog's eating pace, your dog's mind will be challenged to eat the food from around the rim of the dish, since food will keep moving around in the circle. This extra challenge increases the time it takes my dog to eat from about 1 minute, when the dish is right-side up, to 4-5 minutes when the dish is upside down. It also poses a mental challenge for the dog to figure out how to eat the food as it scoots around the ring, stimulating that natural "hunting" desire in all dogs.
A Happily Fed Dog is a Good, Healthy Dog
Never play--or allow your dog to play--rough or exercise a lot soon after eating. In most canines, this can cause a condition called "bloat", in which the dog's stomach twists upside down. This condition is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency surgery! So, avoid problems by keeping your dog relatively calm/normally active after eating until you think all of the food must be digested. Look this up on the Internet for your particular dog breed.
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- Tip: To provide even more of a challenge and slow down the eating process even further, pour a small glass of water in the dish. Now your dog has to eat floating pieces of food, which are even harder to catch as they float around the ring.
- Tip: Adding water to some types of dry kibble makes it turn into gravy, which is extra-tasty. Blue Buffalo dry food, for example, recommends adding warm (not hot!) water to create gravy.
- Tip: Add an ice cube, with or without water, to the upside-down dog dish for a tasty and fun treat any time of the day. With or without food, your dog will be hard-pressed to get that slippery ice cube from around its dish.
By making food harder to get, you're stimulating your dog's mind and natural "hunting" instincts, which is always a good thing.
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