Dear Paws to Talk,
I was hoping you could answer my question. Every time we feed my dog Tonto, he gobbles up all his food in about 10 seconds. When people see him eat, they get concerned that we don’t feed him enough because he eats so fast! We feed him just the right amount, so we don’t want to seem like bad doggie parents. He also burps as loud as a human when he eats this fast.
Do you know why he eats so fast? What tips can you give us to help him eat a little slower, if any?
-Tiffany the Human
Thanks for your question. For starters, we don’t have medical degrees or a canine behavior show on the bright thing, so these are just our thoughts.
Since we take our time to savor the kibble in our dish, we had to consult some fast-eaters on the topic. We spoke to our English Bulldog nephews, Matty and Ralphie who both eat their kibble in 10 seconds or less. They have always done this and told us it is the “Bulldog way.” Even if they aren’t feeling well, the second the dish hits the floor they feast.
We think some dogs just eat quickly. It doesn’t mean that they are starving. So, you are right to feed Tonto the exact amount that is recommended.
Also, we surfed the web and saw that there are some products like toys and bowls on the market to get dogs to eat slower. Maybe you could try one of them?
It might be a good idea to give Tonto part of his meal, take a break and then give him the rest of it. We worry about him getting heartburn.
In our opinion, this is just a characteristic of Tonto. Be aware of it and accept it. You are a good doggie parent because you are concerned about this habit. Of course, it never hurts to speak with a professional. Until then, watch out for the Tonto Kibble Express. Good luck.
Bella and DiDi
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