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new kibble, new habit

May 15th, 2007, 01:42 PM
I changed my pup's kibble last week. (Just trading up to a better food)
I went for the gradual change, blending it in with the stuff he was eating, but right from the start he'd pick out the new stuff and eat all of that first, then go back and polish off the rest.
Now that he's on the new stuff alone, he'll start a feeding by scarfing some down quickly, leaving the room to gag it all up, eating the gagged up food then returning to his dish.
I think he's just excited about the new food (he's an excitable guy anyway) and starting to eat too fast. I hope it's just a goofy habit that will pass. Am I overlooking anything harmful?
(Gromit, 4.5 month old Lab-Poodle)

May 15th, 2007, 01:46 PM
I wouldnt worry about it. He should slow down after a while.

May 15th, 2007, 02:01 PM
One of my dogs is a fast eater and I purchased a bigger dish - this spreads the food out over the bottom and slows her down a little. I've also heard people putting the food on a cookie sheet.

Dogs have a tendancy to "wolf" down their food so in some ways it is normal but if he is gagging or swallowing a lot of air this may help.

May 15th, 2007, 05:05 PM
Dekka does this too. I find if I wet her food it makes a big difference.

May 16th, 2007, 01:00 PM
There actually is a special bowl manufactured for this reason. It's called the brake-fast bowl ( It might be worth a try if nothing else works.

May 28th, 2007, 11:03 AM
Hi - I'm back with thanks and an update.
I went for a bigger food dish -- easiest change to make. With his food spread around, Gromit doesn't wolf down quite as much food as he did before and has stopped spitting it up. (Manners, of course are a long way off...)
Thank you all again.

May 28th, 2007, 12:43 PM
Glad to hear that a bigger bowl helped! :thumbs up

If you need to slow him down further just throw a couple of balls in the dish which act as obstacles that they have to eat around (similar to the brake-fast bowl concept).

May 28th, 2007, 06:59 PM
My lab inhales his food so I put a kong in his dish that he has to eat around. I've always wondered why he doesn't just take the kong out and then wolf down his food. :D

May 28th, 2007, 09:00 PM
That's a GREAT idea Rainbow (not to mention "cheap and cheerful") ~ I'm going to try that with Bridie (aka : the four-legged hoover :laughing: ).

May 29th, 2007, 03:01 AM
Hee hee....let me know if Bridie leaves the kong in her bowl. :D