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    allaboutfrankie is offline Junior Member
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    DefaultI EAT MY FOOD LIKE ITS MY LAST MEAL EVER!!!

    we have a 4 month old chocolate lab, the sweetest puppy ever, but ever since we brought him home we have always fed him 3 times a day, but every time he eats he goes crazy when he sees us getting his food and he scarfs it down like he hasnt eaten in months and he isnt going to eat again. does anybody have any good ideas or tips on how to break him of this

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    congrats - you have a lab!

    it's a very typical issue with labs. there are a variety of things you can try. Soak it in water, buy a bowl that is designed to slow them down, feed them in a kong (or other toy), feed on a cookie sheet, feed in their crate (no bowl, just toss the kibble in there).
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    Yep, sounds a lot like my dog and he's 2.5.

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    He's growing very fast at this age and is probably quite hungry when it's mealtime.

    I agree with the above - the easiest thing to do with a puppy is spread out the food on a big jelly roll pan - it has sides so the kibble wont be all over the place. As he gets a little older you can train him to sit/stay and wait (10 seconds or so) before you release him to eat - that bit of required self control helped to slow mine down a bit. Plus a bowl designed to slow their progress helps a lot. Both of mine use them.
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    I have one like that. Kassa used to be one too.
    I feed Tess on a large tray and spread it out to slow her down. I feed half and then half when she is finished if she is hic cupping and snorting. I swear one day she will snort a bit of kibble up her nose.

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    Is it unhealthy for a pup to eat that fast? Our girl scarfs down her meals so quickly. Usually lets out a large burb and then waits for the next time she can eat! Should we try slowing her down?


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    My girl is 4 months & she too eats like its her last meal. I give her 1/3 cup of food in a ball that she chases around & the kibbles fall out...the rest I soak & feed to her in a slow feed bowl (this I split and after a few minutes I give her the rest).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jls View Post
    Is it unhealthy for a pup to eat that fast? Our girl scarfs down her meals so quickly. Usually lets out a large burb and then waits for the next time she can eat! Should we try slowing her down?
    The jury is out on whether fast eating is a cause of bloat - but - I would take some precautions anyway. There are bowls that are designed to make it harder for the dog to reach the kibble - they have to work harder and it takes longer. You can find them at any pet site.
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