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really ok to feed a full meal out of a dispenser?

so I am giving Roxy her morning "meal" out of her busy buddy mushroom. Now she looks like she's enjoying this but I'd be mad if somebody made me work for my morning bagel.
I think getting up is enough of a reason to get breakfast

this is really ok???? I don't want to stress her out. She wolfs down her am meal though..and this is if nothing else making it last longer.

does anybody else feed like this????
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 08:26 AM
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i get up. take the dog out. i feed him breakfast at 8am. don't
ask me why i feed him at 8am. his food and water are in bowls.
he doesn't have to do anything to be fed. when he was a pup
and in training sometimes i did a little training before breakfast.
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I think it is good mental stimulation to feed a dog out of a dispensing toy.
I do it with Tober when he is going to be crated, or I am limiting his exercise (like when he has a cut on his paw).
Mental exercise is as important and physical exercise.

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I actually feed Chiefs meals out of multiple dispensing toys then I hide them and he has to find them. He eats a little out of his bowl while I hide them. He love love loves it!!

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well ...what would normally take 3 minutes tops to eat...took her about 1/2 hour. And now she's napping. I think she's ok with it. I don't think I'd do every meal like this but once in awhile just to mix things up might be ok
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I did this almost every morning with my pup from 9 weeks up until about 4 or 5 months I think? She got a little bored after awhile and we stopped. A month or 2 later, now I use them on rainy days when we cant get out as much and she has a ball getting the food out. I think they are a remarkable tool!

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Yes! It's great. How boring to eat out of a bowl every day.
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I dont' know if somebody puts my coffee in a dispenser with little holes and makes me work for it..somebody is gonna go down.

no seriously this is a great idea and suggestions for a rainy day activity. She may get all her meals like this today..supposed to be 87 degrees and strong storms. I hate days where we cant go out ...blah
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I think it's fine. Maybe not every single morning meal. But GSD are thinkers, they like to figure something out, determined is what they are
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I dont' know if somebody puts my coffee in a dispenser with little holes and makes me work for it..somebody is gonna go down.
LOL. True. But what are you doing while drinking your coffee? Sitting in a chair and staring at the wall or are you watching the news, on the computer, reading? You enjoy it over time, not gulp it down in 5 secs and left thinking "what do I do now?".

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There's a better blog about losing the food bowl but I can't find it right now. We moved to feeding in a bowl for convenience. Dog's don't care how they get their meals as long as they're fed.

My dogs get fed at odd times and I use meals for training as much as I can. Results: dogs are fed and happy and I never have someone begging for breakfast at 7am or dinner at 5pm.

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