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Lunging, chasing, stepping out of the door or off the curb ahead of you, grabbing food immediately when it falls to the floor. There are good way and bad ways to feed our dogs, learn the best ways below and add your best tip in the comments. Not all dogs are capable of eating peacefully right next to another dog, but these dogs understand that it’s a rule at this house that there is no guarding or trading bowls allowed. Your dog’s feeding ritual can be used to reinforce good manners, practice deference exercises, and encourage a positive association with food, food bowls, feeding, and the presence of humans in the vicinity of his hallowed feeding vessel. If you just dump food in his bowl and depositing it on the floor, you miss a golden training opportunity – and you might actually reinforce undesirable behaviors. I cringe internally when a client tells me she free-feeds her dog – that is, keeps the bowl on the floor filled with kibble all the time.
If you have a puppy, start early by associating your presence near his bowl with good stuff; drop yummy tidbits into his bowl as he’s eating, so he doesn’t feel threatened by your presence. Puzzle toys for dogs not only challenge their cognitive skills, but they make your dog eat slower too. Another great way to make your dog eat slower is to give them their meals inside of a KONG treat dispensing toy. Molly The WallyFebruary 22, 2014 at 4:33 AMYep that is indeed the one I have which is Green Interactive Bowl. Since we have a meme and videos we thought we’d join the hop this week with our Work the Walk dog walking challenge! I’m a strong believer in feeding meals for a number of reasons, in addition to the medical fact that a dog’s digestive system is designed more to gorge than to graze.
If there’s always food in the bowl, your dog might just decide he needs to protect his valuable resource and the territory around it.

You can’t be the “alpha dog” – your dog knows you’re not a dog – but you are a member of his social group. Your training sessions are more likely to be successful if you train when your dog’s stomach is empty rather than full.
In the wild, if a dog doesn’t lay claim to his valuable resources and defend that claim, he will likely starve to death. This is best done with the guarder tethered, and a second person handling the other dog so the interaction is controlled, while working your way through the following series of modification exercises.
The instant Guarder notices the other dog, start feeding Guarder scrumptious treats, such as tidbits of chicken.
Don’t allow family members to tease or torment him at the food bowl, and if he does exhibit signs of guarding, don’t punish!
Eating too fast is thought to cause complications in dogs because they swallow a lot of air when eating fast. Some of these methods are new things that I have tried recently, and others are things I do with my own dog every now and then.
We actually bought it for Ancient Pip first and it was excellent for making treats last for older dogs who do not see so well.
If you just keep the bowl topped off, it may be a day or two before you realize he’s not eating. The leader controls the “good stuff,” and dinner is definitely “good stuff.” If food is available all the time, your dog controls it. You’re even less likely to notice if one dog is off his feed, since the other is still eating and the food’s still disappearing. Punishment will only convince him that you’re a threat to his food – you have to work harder to convince him you’re not (see “Thanks for Sharing,” WDJ September 2001).

Other than the major concern of becoming bloated, dogs can potentially choke on their food while scarfing it down. Aside from making your dog eat slower, they give your dog a challenge and force them to use their brain. We now use it for me and it does make me work for treats or food.We were not given it but genuinely paid monies for it and we think it is very good. If you, as benevolent leader, choose to share some of your food with him out of the goodness of your heart, and he performs a deference behavior such as sit or down to get you to share, you’re reinforcing a healthy relationship. Offering food, leaving it down for 10-15 minutes, then picking it up, can teach a picky eater to take advantage when he can, or wait for the next meal. You may want to have your “other person” feed treats to Dog #2 as well, to keep her attention focused on her handler, away from Guarder.
Did you know that dogs who eat fast may be at risk for GDV - Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus. Dakota pretty much scarfs his food down too and occasionally, like you, I think of ways to slow him down but often forget. I'm sure they make bowls made out of other things, but I guess most of the ones that I have seen are plastic. Ironically as he sprouted upward, I converted to an elevated bowl set and he stopped racing through his meals.

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