Does your dog eat too fast?

Dog Eat Too Fast?

Gren, being a typical corgi, is a total food hound.  He’s obsessed with those two most important times in the day: breakfast and dinner.  Everything else is small potatoes in his little world.

Chicken and Poutine

When he was very small, before I taught him how to wait, I used to have to physically hold him back until I  had put his food on the floor.  Exhausted with his struggles, he would then eat sitting down.  Lazy bum.

Standing while eating is too hard.

Nowadays, he knows to lie down and wait until we give him the okay to start eating.  But when we do so, he leaps forward and swallows his food in less than thirty seconds.  I’m not sure if you can swallow 3/4 cup of kibble in thirty seconds, but he can.  And we really don’t think it’s very good for him.  I’m afraid he might get indigestion.

Luckily, he’s a pretty small dog, so we don’t need to worry too much about bloat or any of the other more serious medical conditions that can arise from eating too fast; nonetheless, the food we buy him is pretty expensive, so it would be nice if he savoured it a little before shoving it down his gullet.

Gluten-Free Dog Treats

There are solutions you can purchase for this problem.  There are food bowls with built-in obstacles that the dog has to work around to get to his food.  And you can also buy large stainless-steel balls that you can just plop on the food, which the dog then has to negotiate to get to his food.  Both of these options are fine, and they are proven to work.  But why spend the money when you might have the solution lying around your own house?

The Pie is huge into baseball, and has played both hardball and softball over the years, so we have a lot of spare balls lying around.  This softball is synthetic, so won’t degrade through exposure to doggy saliva.  It’s also too large for Gren to pick up in his mouth and remove from his bowl.  So he has to work around it, bringing his eating time up from 30 seconds to around 2-3 minutes, a marked improvement.  We just plop it on top of the kibble after we’ve measured it into the bowl.  It works great and it was free, whereas that stainless steel ball was $18 at PetSmart.

Dog Eat Too Fast?

Don’t have a ball?  Maybe try a can of corn or beans, or, in larger food bowls, several smaller cans, say, for tomato paste, all stuck in together.  Whatever works for you.

Dog Eat Too Fast?


Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

12 thoughts on “Does your dog eat too fast?”

  1. I love your dog. Seeing your dog on a given day actually makes my day better–and I only get to see him on the computer! I love this eating trick with the ball, and boy, do we need something for Mr Darcy, but with a flat-faced dog, I am afraid that this solution really just means he NEVER gets at the food. What I need is a timed slow-release machine! 10 kibbles at a time, 10 seconds apart!


    1. Have you tried the Tricky Treat Ball? Apparently it makes them work for their food, and keeps them entertained the whole day.

      Poor Darcy. I miss his flat face! But we’ll be home for Christmas — maybe we can set up a meet and greet!


  2. Nemo had this problem. He’d eat so quickly… to the point where he’d be throwing it up about thirty seconds later. So we did two things… we bought larger food for him, so he HAS to chew it versus swallowing it whole. And we started using a serving dish that has a divider in the middle. So we spread the food out to the four corner of the serving dish and he has to constantly rotate around the dish in order to get his noms.


      1. A world of no. We’ve stopped giving him treats because he gets so excited that he inhales them… and then promptly barfs it up. For a while we were concerned that he had stomach problems and/or was allergic to the treats (even though we’d tried several brands and flavours). We took him to the doctor and they ran a few tests and found out the food wasn’t a problem at all (aside from being too small, making it actually swallowable without chewing), just that he was retarded in the sense of chowing down too fast.


  3. We have a friend with a blue heeler who does this – they just soak his food before giving it to him (like some people do for puppies). Works great and is totally free! Doesn’t look that appetizing though.


  4. I love it! One of my three dogs, the youngest and biggests (95 lbs) and an SPCA rescue, is still like that, though he now eats lying down, finally appearing to be more relaxed and less “gobbly.” However, he’s still the first one done and looking for more… I am going to try a little can of tomato paste (no paper label), maybe two since his bowl is large. Thank you 🙂
    btw, Gren is one of my favourite things in your Blog. Too darned cute!!


    1. Thanks Elly! We like him, too. Sometimes he’s too cute for us to get anything accomplished. Case in point: he’s sitting next to me on the couch now with his head under my arm, keeping me from typing properly.


      1. lol. I’d have that little sweetie next to me, too 🙂
        Inspired by your post, I have been putting a small tin of tomato paste in Dozer’s dish, and it has worked out great. I keep a close eye on him as he can easily demolish big tins of dog food, so a little tin of tomato paste would be no challenge if he took such a notion. But so far, so good. It does serve to make him work for his food a bit more. Finish time now is about even with the other two dogs 🙂 Success!


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