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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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How to teach my dog not to make a mess while eating

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I'm sure some of your dogs do this too so I'm hoping someone will have a nice tip or two. How do you get your dogs to eat without making a mess? There always seems to be a fair amount of food "ruined" because they drop it on the floor while chewing. I say ruined because it will have dog hair on it/ dirt, etc...and they never seem to want to eat the pieces that fell on the floor.

When I add warm water it seems to help, but then if i add warm water and they don't eat all the food it gets gross and goes to waste anyhow.

As we all know food isn't cheap so I'm trying to find best way for it to go from the bowl to their stomach with the least wasted.

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I got a vinyl place mat to put on the floor under the dogs dish. Maybe that would help because it isn't a part of the floor. I also bought the bowl that stops dogs from gulping their food. Maybe if they are eating slower, they won't spill so much.

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thanks Wolfiesmom,

the one dog seems to take a bunch in her mouth, and often times almost intentionally spill it out onto the floor and then eat SOME of it up, leaving a lot.

the other is just messing haha

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What are they eating out of now. Perhaps if you had a shallow wide bowl, they would be less likely to evacuate kibble to the floor.


A bowl like this is more likely to have kibble fall on the floor than a bowl like....





Yes the 2nd pic is a roasting pan, but I'm sure you could make an attractive holder for it. lol

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Sounds like the typical male

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GSD Sunshine, they are basically eating out of a bowl like your 1st picture. Perhaps a wider, shallower bowl (or roasting pan haha) would help. I actually think with the dog who seems to intentionally move some to the floor this could be a perfect solution. and for the messy puppy, it would help i bet too. thanks

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This is the bowl I got for Wolfie. The skid stop slow feeder bowl

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oohhh, laren. the female is worse haha! she's the one who does what seems to be the intentional relocation of the food to the floor...and then of course eats a portion of that and then leaves her mess.

the male puppy, just dives in head 1st without coming up for air

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interesting looking boy Wolfiesmom.

so how does it work? or whats the theory behind it? basically that then have to take more time to pick out the food due to the outcroppings jutting into the middle?

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oohhh, laren. the female is worse haha! she's the one who does what seems to be the intentional relocation of the food to the floor...and then of course eats a portion of that and then leaves her mess.

the male puppy, just dives in head 1st without coming up for air

Maybe she thinks men should do all of the cleaning and she doesn't eat all of her food because she is watching her figure.

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