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My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby marley2010 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:26 pm

I have a 16 week old pup and she eats so fast she chokes and vomits full kibbles. Any idea how to slow her down?
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby 1114 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:54 pm

Spread it out on a cookie sheet, it'll slow her down. Mine has the opposite problem, she just grazes...
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby kninebirddog » Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:22 pm

1114 wrote:Spread it out on a cookie sheet, it'll slow her down. Mine has the opposite problem, she just grazes...


ditto a large cookie sheet so that the kibble is spread out
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby ultracarry » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:26 pm

Do you feed 2x a day?

They also make bowls to.slow.em down too.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby Greg Jennings » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:36 pm

I'm slow on this one, but moving it here where it might get some more views.

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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby mcbosco » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:41 pm

Use a muffin pan. Distribute the kibble in each muffin cup.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby Greg Jennings » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:50 pm

Does putting a couple of balls in a normal dog pan work? I've heard about it, but never seen it done.

Not saying that it does work, but if it does, I'd think that a lacrosse ball would be just right. They are hard, heavy and seem to taste bad to dogs (at least to mine).

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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby lvrgsp » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:42 pm

Never tried it Greg, could they break a tooth on a Lacrosse ball?

Try this..........
http://www.brake-fast.net/index.htm
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby ezzy333 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:54 pm

I use a river stone about that size. It works well since it is heavy and the dogs have to eat around it.

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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby jlp8cornell » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:23 pm

I just throw a few toys (Kongs, whatever) in Max's sisters bowl...Works fine.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby Greg Jennings » Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:57 am

lvrgsp wrote:Never tried it Greg, could they break a tooth on a Lacrosse ball?

Try this..........
http://www.brake-fast.net/index.htm


Nah. They are a really dense rubber. Harder than a kong, but not like a pool ball. None of mine have liked to chew on them, either.

If you look online, they can be gotten for like $1 each. The shipping eats you alive, though. Not an issue around my house as I buy a case of 120 every year for the kids.

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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby Onk » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:13 am

Ezzy is right about the rock in the bowl, I had a lab I did the same thing. I have heard of the muffin pan also but never tried it. They also sell bowls with a center obstruction built right in.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby JMc » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:26 pm

I've use the BreakFast bowl and one that Academy sells as well...they slow them down but the best thing for me is the cookie sheet. It works the best as they end up chasing the food around and getting smaller bites. For my GSP, I would not introduce anything else he could put in his mouth such as a ball or rock.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby redman25 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:27 pm

I had the same problem with mine. I just bought a bowl with the ridges that extend almost to the center. It slowed him waaaayyyy down. He never even gets through the whole bowl in 1 sitting anymore. It makes them work for the food a little.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby Buckeye_V » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:25 pm

We just put a kong in a smaller bowl so she can't get his mouth around it too easily. Works great. Never heard of the cookie sheet... That's cool 8)
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby Spark » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:04 am

I used heavy coffee cups turned upside down in the bowl, worked for me.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby RoostersMom » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:52 pm

If the above ideas don't work for you, you can buy him an "egg" toy. You put the kibble in the egg (like a hamster ball) and the dog noses the egg around until the kibble falls through the hole. It slows them down a ton and they have to "work" for their food. Another one like that is the "tug-a-jug" toy. Same concept.

I bought my Vizsla a Nina Ottoson (sp?) dog bone puzzle game and hide the food in there for him. He loves it. But it doesn't fit as much as one of the jugs or the eggs.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby helpful_cub » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:39 pm

Use smaller sized dog food. The smaller bites makes them take longer to slurp up and since they're already small, there's less of a chance it getting stuck on the way down.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby mcbosco » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:59 pm

helpful_cub wrote:Use smaller sized dog food. The smaller bites makes them take longer to slurp up and since they're already small, there's less of a chance it getting stuck on the way down.


No No, the larger the kibble the slower they eat. I bought small bags of Royal Canin Maxi & Giant for treats and my dogs eats on piece at a time.

The problem is kibble keeps getting smaller and smaller.

Large breed kibbles are your best bet.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby GUNDOGS » Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:46 am

Google BREAK-FAST DOGGIE BOWL you can get them almost everywhere..we got one at MEIJER grocery store for 15 bucks.....ruth
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby big steve46 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:11 am

Get a Llewellin Setter! They have enough sense to not gorge! :lol:
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby mcbosco » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:29 am

big steve46 wrote:Get a Llewellin Setter! They have enough sense to not gorge! :lol:


Yeah the small breeds do eat slow.... :wink:
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby ezzy333 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:31 pm

big steve46 wrote:Get a Llewellin Setter! They have enough sense to not gorge! :lol:

Steve has a dog smarter than he is. No wonder he can't train a dog or that the dog has a better figure than he does. :roll: :P :lol: !
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby helpful_cub » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:46 pm

mcbosco wrote:Yeah the small breeds do eat slow.... :wink:


They also have smaller mouths.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby ezzy333 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:50 pm

helpful_cub wrote:
mcbosco wrote:Yeah the small breeds do eat slow.... :wink:


They also have smaller mouths.

Have you ever seen the mouth on a Lewellen? Or the lips? Kind of think just maybe McBosco was poking a little fun at Steve, which he deserves. :) Or have you seen a Spinone?

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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby mcbosco » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:59 pm

I was poking fun at Steve and the little critters.

I have a good recommendation for dogs that eat too fast or gulp, apart from muffin tins, cookie sheets, etc.

Put the dog on one of the Royal Canin kibbles for Large Breed Dogs called Maxi or the Labrador formula. I GTY the dog will learn a lesson. I bet after a month the dogs stops.

The kibble sizes are like something out of The Flintstones. I bought a bag for treats and even my dog eats one piece at a time.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby big steve46 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:39 pm

I basically freefeed my 45# male Llewellin Setter. He has a pen connected to the front of a small building, so the extra feed left out does not get wet. I feed about every three days. He eats what he needs, and does not gorge at all. Try that with your stubtails! :roll: :D
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby cmc274 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:31 pm

In addition to the slow eating bowl, another way to slow them down is to add water. It helps keep them hydrated during hunting season and slows down their eating. I feed mine 2c of food w/ 4c of water.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby barthowes » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:54 am

I have friends that have used the upsided down coffee cup in the bowl method. they have had success with it. Of couse there have been plenty of other very fine ideas mentioned here. Any of which would work I'm sure.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby helpful_cub » Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:27 pm

cmc274 wrote:In addition to the slow eating bowl, another way to slow them down is to add water. It helps keep them hydrated during hunting season and slows down their eating. I feed mine 2c of food w/ 4c of water.


That sounds like a really good idea. I've been trying to figure out how to get my dog to hydrate before a long day.
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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby ezzy333 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:31 pm

helpful_cub wrote:
cmc274 wrote:In addition to the slow eating bowl, another way to slow them down is to add water. It helps keep them hydrated during hunting season and slows down their eating. I feed mine 2c of food w/ 4c of water.


That sounds like a really good idea. I've been trying to figure out how to get my dog to hydrate before a long day.

He doesn't need to drink a lot before hunting. And I don't like to wet their feed since it changes the digestion and also tend to leave a lot of tarter on the teeth.

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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby ezzy333 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:32 pm

helpful_cub wrote:
cmc274 wrote:In addition to the slow eating bowl, another way to slow them down is to add water. It helps keep them hydrated during hunting season and slows down their eating. I feed mine 2c of food w/ 4c of water.


That sounds like a really good idea. I've been trying to figure out how to get my dog to hydrate before a long day.

He doesn't need to drink a lot before hunting. And I don't like to wet their feed since it changes the digestion and also tend to leave a lot of tarter on the teeth.

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Re: My gsp eats way to fast!!!!

Postby jarbo03 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:32 pm

big steve46 wrote:I basically freefeed my 45# male Llewellin Setter. He has a pen connected to the front of a small building, so the extra feed left out does not get wet. I feed about every three days. He eats what he needs, and does not gorge at all. Try that with your stubtails! :roll: :D

Could have done that with my britt without a problem, but with my lab around that was not an option, he would have looked like a beach ball.My 11 week old WPG is now eating 3 cups a day and acts like he is starving every time I feed him, the cookie sheet drives him nuts.
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