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Old 04-26-2014, 07:20 AM
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Eating too fast

My puppy has always gobbled up his food since we brought him home. I have wondered if the man we got him from fed them regularly or just when he could afford it. I am afraid he will make him self sick - is there any way to slow him down?
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My puppy gets fed regularly and he does the same thing. Basically inhales it. I have seen bowls you can get that are supposed to 'slow down' eating - they have ridges and things in them so they can't just shove their whole face in the bowl.
I guess if you're worried about it, you could put his dinner in puzzle toys? I sometimes use his kibble for training, so he gets some of it just a few bits at a time.
Occasionally, if he gets that glint in his eye and I know he's just going to scarf it down, I practice a couple of 'leave it' when he's eating. It makes him pause at least.

There will no doubt be others here who have lots of super ideas, and better knowledge of if it's something that's good/bad/normal for a puppy
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My puppy has always gobbled up his food since we brought him home. I have wondered if the man we got him from fed them regularly or just when he could afford it. I am afraid he will make him self sick - is there any way to slow him down?
You could always hand feed him to slow him down.
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Yes. And you could use a kong toy for his meals. Instead of buying a special bowl, you can use his regular bowl and put a ball inside it. Or you can invert a smaller bow inside his bowl do accomplish the same thing. The idea is that the dog has to "eat around" the obstacle and can't just dive in to his food. If it works, you can always go out and buy one of those bowls, if it doesn't, you haven't spent any money.
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My puppy was the same way when I brought her home. I started using pieces of food at the beginning of the meal to do obedience training. Working mostly on sit, stay, and leave it. After that I give her the meal in a Kong toy or IQ ball. Now on occasion I will also give her food out of her bowl and she doesn't seem to be having problems anymore.
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