Putting Time Back in Meal Time

Eko and Penny are not just food-motivated, they are food-obsessed. Both are expert magicians when it comes to making food disappear. However, fast eating is both troublesome and dangerous for pups.

When Eko used to inhale meals, he would immediately look to me and whine for more. It would take 10-20 minutes for the food to hit his stomach and for the knucklehead to stop bothering me. In all dogs, but especially large breeds, bloat is a dangerous condition which can be brought on or made worse from speed eating.

I have tried a number of different solutions and products for my ravenous pack, so I thought it would be worth sharing what’s worked for me in case you’re looking to put some time back into meal time.
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These Kyjen slo-bowl feeders have become our go-to for most meals

For about ten bucks apiece on Amazon, these Kyjen bowls have been an invaluable investment. The bowls require the pups to really work to extract every piece of kibble. Both dogs are quite enthusiastic about the task.  The bowls dramatically slow how fast the dogs can eat and when the meal is finished there’s no whining for more. I also switch up the bowls between the two dogs to keep things interesting.

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When breakfast needs a bit more adventure, I break out the Kong Wobbler. This scarred veteran has survived many a battle with Eko 

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I recently introduced Penny to the wobbler. Not only does it slow down meal time, the wobbler also gives Penny mental stimulation and coordination practice

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I had to give the pup a little help at first…

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But she caught on quite quickly and then never took her eye off the prize

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Penny loved batting her new toy around the living room and I loved how tired/content she was after her meal

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I also rigged a camera to the Kong for a bit so we’ll have to see if I got anything good!

Penny was so enamored with the Kong that she wouldn’t stop playing with it even after I showed her the food was gone. I finally had to hide it behind my bed, but for some reason I’m not sure that will be enough…

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“You can’t hide from me!”

If your dog is a speed eater like mine are, I highly recommend you invest in a product to slow them down. Whether a bowl, a toy or something else, slowing down meal time is an easy way to make your pups happier, healthier, and as an added side bonus, a little bit more tired.

I’m always on the lookout for novel ways to make meals a bit slower/more interesting for the pups, so if you have a favorite toy, method or product be sure to let me know!

39 thoughts on “Putting Time Back in Meal Time”

  1. Samson used to inhale his food, but after chronic diarrhea in kibble, we switched him to a raw diet and not only did it clear up his tummy issues, it now takes him much longer to eat, sometimes 20 minutes! It’s great mental stimulation for him, Roo loves it too. Your dogs seem to do really well on kibble, but if you haven’t looked into raw, it’s worth a look. Each dog is different, but having done kibble and then raw, I don’t think I will ever go back.

    • From similar first-hand experience, I know how tough it can be to find a food that works for your dog. Eko just got a clean bill of health from the vet who said his weight, coat, teeth, gums and paws all look good. So I’m definitely in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” camp and happy with kibble. That said, I know you and many others who have gotten great results with a raw diet. I don’t think there is a “right” answer when it comes to type of food, it’s more a matter of figuring out what works best for your pet. (PS – You have to post some more photos of Roo asap!)

  2. The Kong is great. We use a toy that I believe is called the Satelite. It has central larger section with hole on top then 3 smaller round satelites attached with short “bridges.” The 3 satelites each has an opening that faces a different direction. Took a little time for Leo to get the hang of it, but now he bats it all over the place with his tail wagging the whole time! Definately would only use on a carpeted floor however.

    • Never heard of that one, but I’ll definitely have to check it out, thanks for the tip. The wobbler is definitely carpet-only. Eko has that part down which is nice, but we still have some work to do with Miss Penny in that department.

  3. I used to eat real fast when momwithoutpaws first adopted me, I was afraid someone would get my food. So momwithoutpaws got her muffin tins and put a little of my food in each spot. I had to take my time. Now I am slower than old Cissy

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