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How to get puppy to stop inhaling food and chew it instead

I couldn't edit my previous post about puppy eating too fast. The other day she finally threw up I refed her by hand. She didn't chew it! The kibble size is not as small as those for a puppy - its the same size as for adult .

Any way to get them to actually chew their food rather than inhaling it? Kind of scary seeing how her tummy gets sucked in everytime she inhales the food.
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I dare say most dogs don't chew their food in the way that humans do...they rip/tear, gulp and swallow. It would not serve them well, if they were competing with others for food, to stop and chew each mouthful...
Looking at their teeth, most are pointed for ripping and tearing.,..very few have any flat surface to speak of. Even those back molars have a raised edge for grinding bones/tendons..
You can slow a dog down...by scattering food on a cookie sheet..using food puzzles putting a large rock in their dish or using a muffin tin...

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They have things a places like Petsmart/petco (maybe places like Wal mart and Target, no sure on that though..) that you can put in their bowl, it's almost like a ball, and it rolls around as they eat only letting them get a certain amount of food at a time. OR you could get the Kong toy that dispenses food. They roll it around and food falls out as they play.

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you can get the special bowl with a bump in the middle, or you can feed from cupcake pans or a bundt pan.
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You can try getting the kong wobbler. Put the food in there and it dispenses a little at a time. Keeps them mentally stimulated from playing and fed at the same time. Some people on here say their dog plays with the wobbler for 30-45 minutes!
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My Kasey used to eat all her food in a minute. Now I put it in the kong and it takes her at least 5 minutes. Not sure if she chews but it has at least slowed her down and she is not gagging or burping anymore. When she is done she takes another 10 minutes playing with the kong to make sure she has everything out of it!
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i used to use a small plastic dish inside Oakleys bowl it slowed him alittle. Now at 6 months i dont use the small dish but he still doesnt "chew" his food he just inhales it just slower!! Now my lab on the other hand has always "chewed" her food and has always been a slow eater, kind of odd for a Lab!!
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My pup does the same thing, so much that I posted an almost identical thread about a month ago! Lol, the responses were similar- so here is what we do each day:

Breakfast: Out of the Kong Wobbler

Lunch: Depending on time, either Kong or hand fed- and we use hand feeding as a training opportunity. A few pieces of kibble for each command. I will also frequently use my daughters as another socialization opportunity for him. They sit in two chairs about 6 ft. apart and take turns calling him, making him sit and potentially another command before a small handful of kibble.

Dinner: Hand fed- Hubby does this and right now we are using it to teach him fetch. Not crazy backyard catch, just yet. It's just in the kitchen, so he'll throw a ball or disc 4-5 feet away. The pup only gets a handful of kibble after he fetches, returns, drops and sits. Our pup is extremely food motivated, so it's been working fantastic!

Anyway, it has made feeding a fun time for us and it slows our pup's eating way down. HTH!
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We have the same problem with MacKenzie, so we bought one of those bowls that have three bumps in the middle. Slowed her down a whole lot.

When she was a puppy, we also went to a puppy food that had more protein to fill her up too, because she always seemed like she was starving too.

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My Sailor eats just like that and the cupcake/muffin pan works really well for her.
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