Can anybody help with any advice?

@alinka (184)
Greece
February 3, 2010 2:57pm CST
Anybody has any ideea of how could i possible make my dog eat his food slower? This problem is making me crazy and i know is not healthy at all.He's a 1year old french bulldog and no matter how much or less food i put in his bowl he eats it in less than 1minute.I tried to give him less food many times,but is the same because his stomach is very sensitive. Can anybody help me,teach me what to do? :(
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
4 Feb 10
It is not helpful to consider your dog human! You say, "it is not healthy for a dog to eat fast." But did you consider that dogs have had to eat fast for the last 100,000 years? This is why your dog eats fast! Wild dogs hunt in packs and run together to bring down their prey. After their prey is killed the pack of dogs all join in to eat. The dog who eats fastest grows the biggest and gets to be the alpha male. Your dog is practicing to be the alpha male. Why not sit back, watch him eat, and stop worrying about it
@alinka (184)
• Greece
4 Feb 10
I specified in my post that im talking about a french bulldog.This breed of dogs is originated in England as a toy version of the larger english bulldog.They bred the frenchie specifically as a lap dog French bulldogs became an American Kennel Club recognized breed in 1898. So i dont know if we talk about 100.000 years ago.I do agree with you that is a dog,but the instincts of a wild dog differ from a lap dog breeded 200 years ago. Thank you for posting.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
3 Feb 10
I can only tell you what we do for the Llamas, we put rocks in their feed dish so that they have to pick their food out of the rocks. Make sure you use rocks big enough so he won't swallow them. You'll have to wash the rocks if you use soft food.
@alinka (184)
• Greece
3 Feb 10
Thank you very much.I will try that..
• United States
8 Feb 10
Sorry, alinka - dogs have instincts that stem from their original breeding and they have their wild traits. It is true that all dogs came from wolves. No use being insulted because you think your cute little puppy is a lap dog and different from all others. I have four dogs (a choc lab, a shitz tzu, and 2 chis). My little chi may only be 3 lbs but he acts just like a fox. He is a wild guy inside that tiny body - yes, he wolfs down his food too. All my dogs are trained to sit and wait for their command to eat. Slows them down a bit but not much. barehugs is correct. Sorry
• United States
4 Feb 10
A lot of people have problems with their dogs wolfing down their food. I agree with the llama lady that you could try putting larger non-edible objects in with his food so he has to eat around them. Also, I have seen dog toys that you can fill with food or treats, that the dog has to toss around and play with in order to get the food out. That would definitely slow him down. I have three dogs, one of which is a lab, and I don't have this problem. I believe that is because I have always allowed them free access to food, so they don't feel the need to quickly because they know there is always food available to them. Good luck.
• Philippines
3 Feb 10
You can try giving him really small amounts of food into his bowl gradually. That's what the vet told us about our Labrador who had the same problem and it worked! Hope this helps.
• United States
3 Feb 10
I have this same problem with my pitbull. He's about 8 months old. At first he would eat his food slow and he would have some left. Now he eats all his food really fast and many times he would throw it back up. Idk why he does this but it's always been a problem. I started adding water to his dry food and letting it sit for about 30min so it's nice and soft for him. He stopped puking as much but he still eats too fast. I would like to see what other responses you get from this!