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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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stop my dog inhaling food

he never did it as a pup, now hes 5 months and he just inhales his food in a minute hes not starving thats for sure he still gets 2 meals a day and he has around a kilo a day

i put it in the bowl and bang its gone, he doesnt snatch and do it if i hand feed him treats but he does still swallow it down fast

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 04:11 AM
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Try something like this. These bowls are specifically designed for eaters like yours. I have no experience with them, but i've heard good things.

Brake Fast Black Food Bowl (Large)

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I've heard we should stay away from plastic bowls. I got a stainless slow-feed bowl.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 05:34 AM
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A couple of cheaper options that don't require changing his food dish are:

1.) Soak his kibble in water. Put in the normal amount you feed and then fill the bowl with water. (works for some, others just inhale the water too lol)

2.) Put tennis balls or larger raquet-type balls in the bowl. Depending on the size of the bowl, 2 or 3 should do it. They tend to push the balls around to get to the food. Slows them down drastically. (works for some, others just remove the balls and eat quickly anyway)

Personally, I would try one of these before having to buy a different bowl.
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There are absolutely things you can do to help. Changing the bowl (using a round baking bundt pan sometimes helps) and also the one in the video above is supposed to be good.


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You can put a piece of heavy chain on the bowl. It worked better for me because Diabla learn't to take off other objects, like big rocks. Tennis balls don't work if the dog like to play with them.

Right now I use just water, I put a finger or so of water covering the food right before serving. Do not let it soak, it atracts bacteria and is bad for the teeth.

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My Sam was the same way and I'm 100% the reason why he bloated. So I got him one of those Brake Fast bowls....problem solved.

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If it is kibble: do you have a floor you can scatter the food around on without worrying about 'kibble-dust'? Another thing I have done is to put half in the bowl and soak it and the other half on the floor (slightly scattered) nearby. I have read suggestions of scattering food in the yard, it gives them some work to do kind of like hunting for their food... but never tried it.
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This is the bowl I got for Wolfie. It works really well.
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Originally Posted by Wolfiesmom View Post
This is the bowl I got for Wolfie. It works really well.
Skid Stop Slow Feed Bowl
I've heard these are great!
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