How To Stop Your Dog From Gobbling His Food
How many times have you placed your dog's food bowl on the ground, filled neatly with his daily kibble only to find that he's gobbled down every last bite before you even have enough time to stand up straight. Not only that, but now he's physically assaulting the bowl in attempts to find any food particle that may have been left behind during the kibble apocalypse.
Gobbling food quickly is not only slightly disconcerting, but it can have other more serious effects such as your dog not feeling full and overeating later, choking or vomiting after eating.
It might seem impossible to break your dog of this habit, but we have some tips to help you out:
- Invest in ‘anti-gobble bowls.’ This might sound strange, but it's a real thing. Look for bowls that are ring shaped, uneven at the bottom, or with protruding elements on the inside. This will force the dog to work a bit harder to find his food, therefore slowing down his eating process.
- Use food distributer toys. Depending on the type of toy, your dog may have to make the toy move, press a button or move elements on an activity tray to get at the kibbles one by one. This is a good way to distribute part of your dog's daily kibble ration. This will compel your dog to eat slowly and keep him entertained for a good amount of time.
- Choose a food that tricks your dog into spending more time eating. Aerated, light-structured kibbles have a lower density but greater volume than standard food. This means your dog will spend more time eating food that has more kibbles but the same calorie value as a denser food with less kibble pieces. If your dog is a stickler for dry food, feel free to give him wet food—the water will help satisfy his appetite.
Pups will always be overly excited to eat, but with these easy tips you can diminish some of the negative effects of gobbling food too quickly.
Dec 6, 2016