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How can I get my dog to stop wolfing down her food?

My dog (a lab/retriever mix if that matters) wolfs down her food in like 2 minutes flat! Often, she throws it up afterwards. She has done it since she was 5 weeks old. We have tried everything - giving a mix of wet and dry, giving unlimited food (that just caused her to gorge), feeding slowly - nothing helps!! This can't be good for her! And she has no medical problems. Can anyone help??

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Asked by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 8:11 PM on Jul. 4, 2008 in Pets

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  • huh...other than i know a lot of lab/retriever's that do that i have no suggestions...try checking out the dog lovers group...there are a ton of ladies on there that always have great ideas....

    Answer by afeather at 9:02 PM on Jul. 4, 2008

  • i put in very little than wait then put in a little more and so on until i dont have to be my dog slowed herself down so i would put it in and then wait 2 mins then put in more

    Answer by Patience1 at 9:22 PM on Jul. 4, 2008

  • I had a dog that did the same thing. What worked for us was putting a tennis ball in his food dish. He had to eat around the ball, which caused him to slow down.

    Answer by Kauna at 8:22 AM on Jul. 5, 2008

  • Seperate her meals because if you dont she can gain weight as well because it all does not digest properly she can also get an upset stomach. Stay away from wet and dry food bc wet food can actually decay teeth quicker. Does she do them with treats or dog toys. Use the command easy easy. Have her sit before she gets food. Dont get her excited before eating. Are you putting food down at irregular times??

    Answer by GoldieLocks18 at 1:03 AM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • put down the food at the same time everytime. and only give 1/4 a cup. or you can get the automatic feeder. it just seems like you dog thinks someone is gonna steal the food.

    Answer by Duckiesmom at 3:06 AM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • get her a little bit of food put alot less than you do now that may help her.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:00 PM on Jul. 7, 2008

  • Petco (shameless plug) sells bowls specially designed to deal with this prob. They have raised rubber points (not sharp) in various places in the bowl, so the dog has to slow down to eat around them. Also, raise her dish up off the floor a bit, it'll create a more natural position for her to eat in, instead of being hunched over. If you don't want to buy a bowl, the tennis ball thing might work, but if the dog knocks it out of the bowl, try a soup can, unopened. And definitely feed moer than just 1 big meal a day, try 3 smaller meals, it will decrease her risk of bloat. The stomach twists and fills with gas, it can cause parts of the stomach and intestines to die, it is life threatening, and a dog gulping down food makes them more prone to this problem.

    Answer by lilghstygrl at 9:53 AM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • Saw this on TV and I used it on my dog and it works. Give the dog a few bits of food at a time. It takes a while for them to eat but eventually they will slowdown while eating. It could be that the pup had to fight for food when little. Getting her so young may have also contributed to the problem. Talk to your vet. They are some good ideas here. Good luck

    Answer by CavalierMom at 5:03 PM on Aug. 24, 2008

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