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    I have a 7 month old pup that litterally gorges himself to the point of choking while eating. I went to a larger kibble then I started floating his food in a large bowl. This has not help and is now worse because he gulps air and water and I'm afraid of bloat. I'm thinking about feeding him on the ground. Anyone ever solved this problem? This dog has an unbelievable food drive.

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    Tons of different version and colors of these. Haven't used them personally, but they seem like they would work.

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    Put a big rock in his food dish. Also scattering his kibble all over the ground works well, but not always convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie B View Post
    Put a big rock in his food dish. Also scattering his kibble all over the ground works well, but not always convenient.

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    Make sure it is a really big one, my dog ate the rock when i did that.

    Im sure those special dog bowls work but we use the redneck version. Take a baking pan and muffin pan that are the same size. Invert the muffin pan and place it in the baking pan. Just like magic you have a specialty bowl. Also for my dog we use the smallest chunk that we can get because no matter how big the chunk he will not chew it. The smaller chunk helps to keep him from choking, even if he is swallowing it whole.
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    My girls are fast eaters. We bought a slow feeder bowl with the protrusions in the middle and they help. If your dog is as bad as he sounds, feed him in a cupcake tin. Only a bit of food in each cupcake hole. Then they have to work to get the kibble. We were going to do this next but our girls, while still eating fast, seem to be fine with the slow feeder bowls. Rocks (big ones they have to eat around) work, or tennis balls. Just obstacles they have to work around to get to the food that should slow it down. I have also know people to feed there dogs in treat dispensing toys. Its a much slower disbursement.

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    We put a couple plastic measuring cups in our little pig's bowl. I use them to measure the food anyway, and then just throw them in. It slows him down a little because he has to move them around to get to the food. I've also heard to put tennis balls in the bowl.
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    add some cold water, i fill my can with food, then add water almost to the top
    sloowwws them down

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    I scatter it in the kennel floor-works well. I've had clients use the funny bowls and like them. Have heard of hte giant rocks too. Lots of options-
    Is another dog near him when he eats? Sometimes eliminating the competition will slow them down too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckaholiclll View Post
    I have a 7 month old pup that litterally gorges himself to the point of choking while eating. I went to a larger kibble then I started floating his food in a large bowl. This has not help and is now worse because he gulps air and water and I'm afraid of bloat. I'm thinking about feeding him on the ground. Anyone ever solved this problem? This dog has an unbelievable food drive.

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    FC Ruckus is the world's fastest eater. I swear he eats as fast as he can, and then when he is finished he looks up as if to day "Done" like a time trial. I tried everything to slow him down. The muffin tins didn't work. He would get frustrated and fling them. The cookie sheet didn't work - frustrated and it would get flung across the floor. Break fast bowl - yeah right. Waste of money. So were all the others. A big bowl with a big rock worked the best, but he took it as a challenge. I did switch to a more grain free good, and that lessened the gas. Before the food change, I could press on his stomach, and he would belch. Since he is with a pro a lot, and the kennel is away from the house, I had his stomach tacked using a scope (Gastropexy), just so I didn't worry about him torsioning. Keeping him away from the other dogs in the kennel during eating helped. Perceived competition made it worse. I have talked to several field trialers who have this issue. Seems to be better when the dogs are at home. Less dogs = less excitement.


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