Is your dog a fast eater? It’s time to slow them down

Some dogs have a higher food drive than others.  These dogs tend to eat faster and larger portions if available to them.

You have decided that your dog eats too fast.  Now you have to set up a “Behavior Stopper.”

In other words, make the dog do the opposite of what she wants; eating the food as fast as she can to taking her time.

The idea of using a cookie sheet, muffin pan, or obstacles placed in a food bowl may seem bizarre, but they are actually training tools for this behavior problem.

Some dogs have a higher food drive than others.  These dogs tend to eat faster and larger portions if available to them.  For others, there is something in this dog’s mind that is causing them to eat quickly.  Being overly hungry or a distraction that says hurry up or that they will miss out can make a dog think he better eat this before you do.

There are a variety of techniques used to slow down a dog who inhales his food.

To help curb their food drive, owners can hand-feed or feed smaller portions more frequently (3-4 times daily).  Doing so will increase the owner’s involvement with their dog and help build the relationship of trust and leadership.

Sometimes soaking the food with water or using a treat ball to feed might help.

Another option is reducing the amount of kibble for each feeding and adding a filler such as green beans. The green beans help to satisfy the dog’s hunger without adding a lot of calories, and with more frequent feedings.  Green beans will diminish the hungry feeling. If you have such a dog and choose to try the green beans, I recommend that you use frozen over canned green beans since they have a lower sodium content (less salt).

Over time any of these options should head toward slowing the dog down and weaning her back to her own bowl.

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