I’ve been taking care of Betsy quite a bit when Kalissa is at college and then goes from college to work. It’s just too long for her to be in the kennel especially when I am here most of the day. Although most of the time Betsy gets fed at home, occasionally she needs to get fed here.
To say that she had food issues would be putting things extremely mildly. She is awful when it comes to food. She tries to steal from Ruby. She will not let Ruby eat. She gulps her food down swallowing it whole and then ends up with the hiccups. I have never seen anything like that and sadly, she’s been that way since they got her. I finally had a talk with Kalissa explaining that this has to stop. We need to figure out a way to make it stop.
I’ve worked with some behavioral things and I can see lots of improvement. I’ve worked with Kalissa showing her some of the behavioral things and that has improved the aggression but Betsy still is just gulping her food whole. After doing a little big of research I found this bowl Kyjen 2872 Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder Slow Feed Interactive Bloat Stop Dog Bowl, Large, Purple Flower.
The bowl is big about 10″ across. It is almost like a maze and the dogs have to push the food forward to a larger opening in order to eat it. So far, it has been a huge help calming her down and getting her to eat without gulping.
I tried it out on Ruby and she seems to think it’s fun too.
I have to tell you that it might be easy to over feed with this as many people just “fill the bowl” regardless of the size of the bowl. With this you need to measure out the food then scatter it in the bowl. Scattering the food out also makes the challenge of eating it a bit harder.
Luckily Ruby doesn’t have any problems at all with food aggression or eating problems which I am so thankful. I am keeping this bowl here at my house so that I have something to keep Ruby entertained a bit and I have it here if I need to feed Betsy. All in all I really like the bowl and recommend it.