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5 Tips for Greedy Dogs

If your dog is a real glutton who will gobble up the contents of his food bowl in record time, don’t panic! There are tips to encourage your dog to eat more slowly for better digestion.

Why does my dog ​​throw itself on its food?

There are many reasons. It can be a natural instinct which prompts him to swallow his croquettes at the speed of light. In the wild, dogs did indeed live in packs and the dominated had to hurry to eat the leftovers left by the dominant. Those who ate the fastest were more likely to have enough to eat.

Your dog can also be a vacuum cleaner, just as he is from a litter with many puppies and that from an early age he had to bend his elbows to get his dose of breast milk every day. Or so it was malnourished during his early childhood and has since feared that his food will be taken away before he has finished eating.

What consequences for his health?

Eating too quickly can cause health problems for your dog. Not only can it be subject to: digestive problems because of the large amount of air he swallowed during his meal, but in addition, it does not promote his oral hygiene. Indeed, the dog should definitely chew his food to reduce the appearance of tartar on his teeth, as well as aid digestion.

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The most serious consequence of this eagerness to devour everything given to him could be that your four-legged friend has an upset stomach. A stomach upset perhaps deadly for the dog if it is not taken to the vet soon.

Our tips for your dog to eat less quickly

1. An anti-gluttonous bowl

Wondering what an anti-gluttonous bowl can be? This is THE solution to make your dog eat less quickly. It looks like a lambda bowl, except it has in the middle soft silicone spikes. The goal is for the dog to regulate itself during the meal.

A more economical, but also proven method is simply to: place a ball or a petanque ball in your dog’s usual bowl to slow him down. You will notice that your dog will eat up to 10 times slower than usual.

Another particularly effective tip for large dogs is to: lift the bowls of your hairball so that the amount of air swallowed is less and that it is less likely to swallow.

2. A quiet place

Like a dog constantly afraid of getting his food stolen, the meal will be a stressful moment that needs to be finished as soon as possible. It is therefore essential to feed your dog in a quiet area of ​​the house. Avoid crowded placese or noisy rooms. Your dog should feel safe to enjoy his meal. And, in particular, don’t stay in the same room with him when he eats!

If you are the proud owner of multiple dogs and feed them at the same time, make sure you install them in different rooms. So they won’t devour their meal for fear that their boyfriend will come and help themselves into their bowl when his is done.

3. Regular and Split Schedules

establish routine when it comes to meals, your dog will know exactly when to eat. So he will be less stressed because he doesn’t know when he can satiate again and he won’t feel the need to devour his meal. If you don’t have set hours, there are kibble distributors pre-programmable.

In addition to regular hours, you can: split daily rations from your dog. Instead of feeding him once in the evening, feed him 3 times (morning, afternoon and evening).

4. An Appropriate Diet

Perhaps if your dog is devouring his meals, it is simply because he is hungry! many masters not giving enough food their dog and don’t realize it. So check the labels on the kibble and other sachet bags and get a measuring cup (they are generally free at pet stores and vets upon request).

Also make sure that the food you give your dog every day is of good quality and adapted to its age and size.

5. Food Regulator Toys

In recent years, other ways of dispensing meals to dogs have developed. These novelties also have a playful side because they allow the dog to eating while playing and exercising. It’s also a great way to combat separation anxiety. Indeed, the dog can take care of itself for a long time.

The best-known examples are the kibble distribution ball, the interactive puzzle or the Pipolino. You just need to put the food ration in this toy and give it to your dog. The latter will have to understand the mechanism for oneself if he wants to eat. For the Pipolino, for example, it will have to roll until a chunk comes out through one of the holes. Smart, right?

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