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CaptainMorgan
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PostSubject: Scarfing and barfing   Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:45 am

Malfoy gets fed three times a day. He gets the amount that fits in my hands cupped together each time. Sometimes he finishes it all, sometimes he leaves a little bit in the bowl. His bowls are in my bathroom and I fill them after his morning pee when we wake up. I sit on the (closed) toilet and get ready while he sits in there and eats. He doesn't seem to like to eat if I am not in there with him I have noticed so it seems he is scarfing down his kibble super quickly. The result is he barfs shortly after, not normal barf, it's painfully obvious it is half chewed chunks of kibble that he just inhaled. How can I get him to relax and slow down on his eating?
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:15 am

Put a big rock or other heavy object in the middle od the bowl. He will have to eat around it and it will slow him down a little. Or at least that is what my trainer told me in puppy class.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:25 am

Not a bad idea at all and so simple. I will have to find a rock or something similar to put down in there.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:08 am

You can also just add warm water to his kibble so he can be forced to chew it if it's mushier. I had the exact same problem with my pup a while back.

Here is a thread similar to what you're asking:

http://www.itsahuskything.com/t5923-swallowing-treats?highlight=swallowing
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:10 pm

I would suggest feeding measured portions so you know exactly how much he is eating.

As for slowing him down, there are slow feed bowls or you can put a ball or some object in his bowl for him to work around. You can also put his food in a treat dispensing toy so that he has to work to get the food out and when it does come out it's a little at a time. Another idea is to spread the kibble out on something like a baking sheet so that he can't swallow whole mouthfuls of kibble.

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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:32 pm

kong wobbler

I swear by this. I put a measured amount in the kong an Kingsley has to work to get it out, therefore preventing rapid eating in which he eats more than he actually wants. He stops eating once he's full.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:25 pm

Hi, I agree with Val try to pick a food scales, you maybe feeding too much which is going to cost you more in feeding and possibly cause tummy issues.

Regarding the eating we had the same problem which has eased, we purchased an anti gulp bowl. The bowl has raised sections which force your dog to work to around them to get to the food.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:41 pm

Rocios right adding some water to it substantially slows them down. Worked for my golden and now for kiba too
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:46 am

Kyra did this. She eats her kibble whole, treats aswell. When she started bringing it back up whole as well, we bought her a slow feeder bowl and we soak her food in hot water for 20min before feeding it to her. For weeks she wouldn't let up on the scarfing so we just compromised with slower eating and soaking it in hopes that she'll digest it faster before bringing it back up. We also don't let her run around for about 30-45 min after she eats. Haven't had an issue for a while now. Eventually though i'm going to have to test giving it to her dry again and see how she does.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:20 am

I always suggest soaking the food, especially with puppies. It's too easy for a puppy to inhale a piece of food and end up with severe cases of pneumonia. Soaking does slow down the puppy scarfing and is much safer in the long run.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarfing and barfing   Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:25 pm

You could feed him by hand for a while. We had to start feeding him by hand around month 5 or 6 because of some behaviorial issues and to re-establish respect, but we noticed after we stopped doing the hand feeding that he eats a little slower from his bowl now. Also, if you have a bowl that has a well around the edge when turned upside down, you could put the food in there. Someome recommended that to us a long time ago. Then you don't have to worry about finding a rock to put in the bowl.
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