Tuesday Time-out

Like everything else she does, Shiva scarfs her meals at Mach 10. Lucikly, we don’t tend to give her that much kibble at once. Since we usually use her food for training treats and in her daily Kong, she only eats about half the right amount at a time. When it comes to bloat prevention, one can never go too far. In the past, many of you have recommended various tricks to encourage Shiva to take her time while eating. Last week we received a gift from my practically mother-in-law in the mail: the Dogit Go Slow Anti-Gulping Dog Dish. Naturally, I had to test it out immediately.

Silly me, I actually wondered if Shiva would be put off by the new shape and size. It’s like I haven’t spent the last two and a half years with the food obsessed maniac, or something. Duh.

Of course she didn’t care. We could probably feed her out of a fountain shooting water in her face and blaring sirens in her ear and she wouldn’t notice.

The question is, did it slow her down?

I’ll let you be the judge.

35 thoughts on “Tuesday Time-out

  1. I always wondered if those things would work. It is almost like she has her own “side dishes” now….like the ol’ frozen dinner plates from the 70’s. I think she went for the dessert slot first!

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  2. It looked like she was eating at an OK pace. At least she is stopping to chew…

    After Thunder bloated, we bought the dish that has kind of looks like a bunt pan. We also soak the kibble. It slowed Thunder down a bit, but I think he has the dish figured out by now.

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  3. I loved Sarah’s comment about the frozen dinners!

    It appeared Shiva had to work a little harder to get all her food. If not for the obstructions, she would have gotten that kibble down in seconds.

    It’s also an issue for us. While we were feeding kibble, we used the Kong Wobbler and Tug-a-Jug which definitely slows Honey down. But I’ve made a change to her food and have had to work hard to keep her from bolting her food. I’ll have a food review soon and I’ll show you what we’ve come up with.

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  4. I do think it has slowed her down… she has to keep switching locations which is extra time… not to mention the areas are not large enough to allow her to open her mouth much.. which to me would mean less air being let it while eating. I say it’s a keeper. I like this design better than the ones with just nubs in the bottom of the bowl. My vizsla actually eats faster than our lab these days… I will see her sit and take a break as she swallows it all down. I water her food down most days though. And since she only gets about 3/4 cup to 1 cup at a meal I don’t worry too much about bloat much. I have more kennel dogs to worry about bloat with…
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

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  5. Although I have nothing to compare it to, I did notice that she was stopping to chew.

    While Tahsis isn’t a speed eater, we do occassionally feed her in a Tricky Treats ball. It’s fun watching her push it around the room, and when the kibble starts coming out less frequently, she’ll pick it up and throw it.

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  6. I think it slowed her down. Fred is in the top breeds for bloat and we actually had a bloat scare and he had to be rushed to the emergency clinic and was in stage 1 bloat.

    I always feed water and food raised.
    I now wet his food.
    We use an actual bundt pan for Fred it was cheaper than buying the one that was made for that 🙂

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  7. We use a Premier Busy Buddy for all of our dogs’ meals. It takes them about 20 minutes per meal, so definitely much slower than the 20 seconds or so that they used to spend eating out of a bowl! It is a little bit loud but I would recommend it to any one with a dog that is food motivated enough to go along with it.

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  8. Elli’s kibble is all used for training. She rarely ever gets it for free, literally like once a month tops. I have begun adding an oil to it though, so now she gets a jackpot of 1/8-1/4c with the oil lol. Basically nothing hahaha.

    You sped up the video!! How on earth am I supposed to judge on that?

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  9. Looks like it slowed her down a bit, but I think the size smaller of that same bowl would work better, as it would prevent her from getting her whole head into each section. I used a slow-feed bowl on Pallo for a while and it helped a lot.

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  10. Still pretty fast 🙂 But it probably does help a tad!

    Have you tried a muffin tin, with kibble hidden under tennis balls? I like the Kong Wobbler too.

    I love food motivated dogs 🙂

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  11. Um … I don’t know that the inventors of this product quite had Shiva in mind when they sat down to the drawing board. I don’t have a basis for comparison, but she seemed to make short work of that meal! 🙂

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  12. desmond used to scarf his food, too, so we started packing the bowl with a bunch of his toys on top of his food. he was either too lazy or too dumb or too distracted by the food to bother taking them out, so he’d eat around them–much slower–and push them around a little. sometimes one would topple out. i think it worked in the end though. he’s much better now.

    we actually thought about getting the bowl above for desmond to curb his water gulping. now that i’m looking at that video, i’m not sure if it would really do anything with water. his tongue can get in places his whole face can’t. we need to come up with something though, because filling his water bowl with a teeny bit of water is not an option when we go out, and 90% of the time after he chugs water–almost any amount–he throws up after. you think he’d learn.

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  13. We’ve got a similar one, but we really don’t need it. Our Best Friend’s not a scarfer.

    What it did do was make a big mess. It was such a nuisance, the dogs just shovelled the food onto the floor.

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  14. Hmmm…did we get to see her in her normal bowl before? I mean, it seems to slow her a bit as she goes form section to section.

    If you want to slow her more perhaps you could try a muffin pan? Little bits of kibble in up to 12 holes!

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  15. It seemed to slow her down a bit…hard to say. We tried one of those and one of the dishes like a bundt pan. Both worked a little bit but not great. Now we feed Pearl from a tug a jug, which works somewhat better, but she has really got it figured out now so she can still eat pretty quick and she tends to destroy them in a month or two so we spend a lot replacing them. Maybe we will break out the kong wobbler again and give that a try…

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  16. It looks like it did slow her down a little. I wonder if putting a couple of big rocks or tennis balls in there would slow her down a bit more. She’s definitely an enthusiastic eater!

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  17. That looks pretty good! Kayloo dives at her food and although she has slowed down considerably whenever people come over they are a little shocked that she hasn’t managed to break her face yet.

    I think you may be on to something with that bowl!

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  18. She is still a real food hound eh? It slowed her down, but man, can that girl chew fast! We had to get Koly a Dogzilla Steggin’ Egg (like a Kong Wobbler but with an adjustable size opening) because there was just no slowing him down!

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  19. that bowl looks like a great idea! Although I think the little knob things need to be smaller so that Shiva can’t wedge her muzzle in easily between them – I think that might help to slow her down even more. I’ve heard of people putting rocks in between all the cable as well to stop their dogs eating so fast. We don’t have such an issue with a raw diet because you can’t got things down when you’re having to tear apart and crunching raw meaty bones – ha ha! 🙂

    Hsin-Yi

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  20. I’d be happy if my guys ate that fast. Although it depends what I feed them. If it was kibble it would take them all day. That looked quite an acceptable speed to me. It would take Shiva a while to actually empty the dish once she got past the initial top layer. Looks like a pretty good invention to me, but I haven’t got committed scarfers.

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  21. It looked like it slowed her down, at least a little bit. I have seen this one and the Brakefast Bowl. Neither seem work completely, but they do slow them down.
    I started laughing watching the video because all I could think was “What was Shiva thinking?”

    “Those $%$@## humans! What will they do to me next?” LOL! 🙂

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  23. I like this design better than the ones with just nubs in the bottom of the bowl. She is still a real food hound eh? Um … I don’t know that the inventors of this product quite had Shiva in mind when they sat down to the drawing board. If it was kibble it would take them all day.

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