Skittles, like many other dogs, is highly food motivated. She would definitely be a top contender at any speed eating contest! Of course, I would rather slow down her eating habits than encourage it. Here are a few of the things I've tried. Some worked better than others - if you've got a speed eating demon, I encourage you to try them out for the health of your dog.
- Feeding smaller but more frequent meals. This is an obvious solution that has 100% success rate.
- Using your dog food as training rewards. Double bonus here - slow eating and proofing training skills!
- Using a slow feeder. It definitely slowed Skittles down a bit but not significantly. I think a slow feeder might be more effective on a dog with a bigger muzzle.
- Using a treat dispensing toy. There are lots of toys that make Rover work for the food. The downside to it is that sometimes treats end up under your furniture - if you have a dog that is super food motivated, this might result in Sparky's nose under the couch or barking/pawing at the entertainment unit.
- Hide kibble in a snuffle mat. Skittles loves hunting for buried treasure in her snuffle mat. Not only does this slow down her eating, it also harnesses her natural sniffing instinct.