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Was wondering when it is a normal age for a golden to slow down on eating. My puppy, Comet, is 11 months and he will let his food stay there all day before he eats it. It seems hes too young to not eat all at once.
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If you are free feeding (leaving the food out all day) then likely he will just snack away at it. There are two issues with this: One, he will likely become obese (I have yet to see a free fed dog who isn't a coffee table), and two, he will likely not be food motivated for training.

Obesity is a huge issue for all dogs, it is hard on their joints and causes a lot of health problems. Growing dogs should be lean and thin and grow slowly. You should also not allow your dog to run or play hard for an hour before eating, and about 3 hours after eating to prevent bloat, so free feeding makes this almost impossible.

What many will suggest is the 20 minute rule. Put down his food, and then 20 minutes later take it away till the next meal. You can feed him twice a day, but don't leave the food out the whole time. Within a few days you'll find his eating habits improve and you will know when he last ate and how much.

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His food has been sitting out but we still give him the proper amount for his age and size. I will try the 20 minute rule that you mentioned and see if that works. thanks for the suggestion.
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I agree with the timed rule.

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Yours is the first golden I've heard of, who doesn't inhale his food! May be he just doesn't like it - try a different one to see if he likes it any better.
Might also be worth trying a different feeding location - sometimes dogs don't feel at ease in the place where their bowls are located e.g next to the refrigerator which makes a noise. May be near the kitchen table, where he sees other people eat.
Free feeding does create problems so getting creative migh tbe the only way.

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