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Stop! How can I Keep My Dog from Eating Food Too Fast?

Updated on October 18, 2013

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.

Right-side up dog dish.
Right-side up dog dish. | Source
Upside down dog dish.
Upside down dog dish. | Source

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

Eating at a moderate, not-too-fast pace reduces the likelihood that your dog will throw up the food, too, if your dog is prone to that. Hurrah for less clean-up work!
Eating at a moderate, not-too-fast pace reduces the likelihood that your dog will throw up the food, too, if your dog is prone to that. Hurrah for less clean-up work! | Source


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.

Have you tried this method of curing the food-gulping dog in your life?

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If you tried this method, did it work?

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Bonus Tips/Tricks

  • 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.

About the Author

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      4 years ago

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      Laura Schneider 

      5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Make sure you get the video camera out and ready to go before you do--cats are an absolute howl to watch trying to get every last scrap of food from their now-oddly shaped bowl, and it would make an awesome YouTube video. An ice cube is equally entertaining to watch. Dogs are fun to watch also, but a little less... frantic? frenetic? about it than cats are.

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      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hmm... I'm going to have to try this with my cat!

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      5 years ago

      Great advice. My dog used to eat way too fast and ended up throwing it all up. We ended up buying a special bowl for him; although this is before I read you article unfortunately.

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      Laura Schneider 

      6 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      I'm glad you're all having good luck with this method. Hopefully, like Chloe, someday your dog can eat with theh dish right-side up again. Unless your dog needs additional mental stimulation, of course.

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      7 years ago

      that's a great idea,my dog was scoffing his food down and now we can give it to him the right way up

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      7 years ago

      Worked like a charm!

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      Earl Hemminger 

      8 years ago

      Way too easy. Funny idea to add the ice cube.

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      Georzetta Ratcliffe 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very clever. I'll remember that. Thanks.


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