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How can I stop my dog from gulping his food?

my little dog looks very very crazy when he is eating his dog food,how can I stop my dog from gulping his dog food?
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They make special bowls which force the dog to slow down. You could also use tennis balls, of course making sure your dog can't attempt to swallow one.





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Feed multiple times a day, instead of once. Which would mean smaller meals, and less gulping,
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I agree with more meals. It helps your dog know that more is always coming and this isn't the last meal for a long while.

I often hand feed my dogs. I dislike dogs snatching treats from my hands or crazy eaters. I often play with their food and have my hands in the bowl as they eat giving them some as they go. I take chews from them and give it back so they know there is no reason to stuff it in the belly right away.

I think it's gross but... I want my dogs to be gentle enough with food that they will take it from my mouth without ouchies. (Obviously, I'm anti dog mouth kissing.)


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They make special bowls which force the dog to slow down. You could also use tennis balls, of course making sure your dog can't attempt to swallow one.

There will be very high percentage of possibility for my dog to swollow the ball...
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I agree with more meals. It helps your dog know that more is always coming and this isn't the last meal for a long while.

I often hand feed my dogs. I dislike dogs snatching treats from my hands or crazy eaters. I often play with their food and have my hands in the bowl as they eat giving them some as they go. I take chews from them and give it back so they know there is no reason to stuff it in the belly right away.

I think it's gross but... I want my dogs to be gentle enough with food that they will take it from my mouth without ouchies. (Obviously, I'm anti dog mouth kissing.)
That's a great way to establish trust. Plus, God forbid your dog starts choking, they'll trust you enough to open their mouth and confiscate the item they're choking on.
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There will be very high percentage of possibility for my dog to swollow the ball...
Then just get one of those special bowls people are talking about. They work. just google "slow down dog dish" and you'll find a wide variety of choices.
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I agree with more meals. It helps your dog know that more is always coming and this isn't the last meal for a long while.

I often hand feed my dogs. I dislike dogs snatching treats from my hands or crazy eaters. I often play with their food and have my hands in the bowl as they eat giving them some as they go. I take chews from them and give it back so they know there is no reason to stuff it in the belly right away.

I think it's gross but... I want my dogs to be gentle enough with food that they will take it from my mouth without ouchies. (Obviously, I'm anti dog mouth kissing.)

Its best if a dog won't take food from your mouth, you are the leader of the group if it takes it from your mouth it is the leader.

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Actually, I can't believe that. The leader is the provider of food(person with food in their mouth) - in your common wolf pack, the subordinate wolf will lick and nip gently at the alpha's mouth.

Subordinates ONLY get food when the alphas say it's okay. Having dogs take food from your mouth is like the alpha saying, "It's okay for you to eat right now, but I might change my mind."

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wolves rarely feed straight from their mouth, licking is different.

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It was more of a visual for the point I was wanting to make. A gentle creature (no matter how hungry they may be) that I can trust with my face.

I'm sure that there is confusion caused by alot of cutsie stuff people do with their dogs.


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my little dog looks very very crazy when he is eating his dog food,how can I stop my dog from gulping his dog food?
Why?
Is he choking?

Or is eating slowly a new trick you are trying to teach him?
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Why?
Is he choking?

Or is eating slowly a new trick you are trying to teach him?
If it is a large dog that type of an eating habit could lead to bloat.

http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm


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My puppy used to do that. More feeding times does not matter, she would just eat but not even chew. What we did was find a pretty big rock (def bigger than swallow, big enough so that they know its not food. Probably almost the same circumference as the dog's bowl. The dog has to eat around the rock, and therefore smaller pieces and longer time in between bites. Its legit I swear by it! Within a week or so she was fine.
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They make special bowls which force the dog to slow down. You could also use tennis balls, of course making sure your dog can't attempt to swallow one.
We bought one of those, think they are more of a fad then pratical, just my opinion


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