Dear NPP: How Do I Make My Dog Eat Slower?
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Paw 5 Wobble Bowl
My dog INHALES his food! He swallows his kibble whole without chewing it at all and I worry that he’s going to make himself sick. What can I do to slow down his eating?
Food Gulping Police
Dear Food Gulping Police,
If Fido gets so excited about mealtime that he is swallowing his food whole, there are some easy steps to take that will help slow him down:
NorthPoint Pet Tips:
Ditch the food bowl. Sounds crazy, but bowls allow a dog to take in a mouthful of food all at once (similarly to how you can easily grab a handful) and then swallow it without chewing.
Replace the bowl with a slow feeder – but not the traditional kind! Slow feeders are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, materials and designs to suit every age and breed. Some even offer varieties of ‘skill levels’ to not only prevent food gulping, but also to offer mental enrichment, which is a win-win! Traditional maze-style slow feeders can be painful for many dogs since eating from them causes the pets nerve-filled nose to smash against the raised portions of the bowl. Instead, some of our favorite options are: