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Old 12-05-2012, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone else here have a slow eater? Venus is 9.5 weeks old and takes about 30 min to eat a cup of kibble.


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Because he's so nuts with running around and playing? Or why do you think that is?
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have no idea how long it takes Bruce to eat 1 cup (which is how much he gets each meal), as he eats a little bit, and then comes back for more on and off. By the next meal (he is fed 3 times a day right now) it's gone, but he certainly isn't a food glutton. He eats a bit and then goes back on and off in between playing, sleeping and training. He's gaining well and is healthy and happy so it's working for him.

No dog is the same in the way it eats. I was mostly a labrador girl (worked with many breeds but my own dogs were usually labs) before Bruce, and they are known for being horrible gluttons. Quin, my last boy, was the stereotypical "OMG FOOD! Nobody ever feeds me so I will inhale it in seconds" type of dog (small meals through the day to discourage the inhaling of large amounts), but I had labs before him that were "slow" eaters, or took their time throughout the day the way Bruce does.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Chase eats 1 cup in about 5 seconds. His food needs to either be soaked or put in a toy dispenser.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mariano is now 5 months, and he takes ALL DAY to eat. I put his breakfast out, and he takes till lunch to finish it, then lunch takes till dinner, and then he will finish his dinner before breakfast the next morning. He is too nosey to stay in there eating when he could be seeing what I am doing...
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when you feed her is ther alot of distraction?
maybe she dosent like the food.

try couple spoons of hot water and stir see how she likes it.
try adding cottage cheese see how that does

if she eats alot faster id say change your food

and talk to ur breeder
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is Dakota's eating process:

1) Sniff Dish
2) Pickup 2 - 3 pieces of kibble
3) Carry them into he living room, drop them on floor
4) Eat them individually
5) repeat this 3-4 times
6) go finish eating
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For a 9.5 week old, I would be mixxing with some water to soften the food. May be a bit too hard.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Mariano has ALWAYS been this way with his food. We put hot water and canned food in with his, and it is just the way he is. My breeder and vet were not concerned... he is just a slow eater. If your pup is not underweight, and eventually finishes everything, I honestly would not be too concerned. But talk to your breeder and vet and see what they say...
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No, mine would be at the vet if they took that long They all inhale. Envy the puppy almost rivals Flirt in how fast she eats
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This is Dakota's eating process:

1) Sniff Dish
2) Pickup 2 - 3 pieces of kibble
3) Carry them into he living room, drop them on floor
4) Eat them individually
5) repeat this 3-4 times
6) go finish eating
Lol, this is how my cat eats. She goes in takes a mouthful of food, brings it out onto the living room rug, drops it and proceeds to eat one at a time.
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No, mine would be at the vet if they took that long They all inhale. Envy the puppy almost rivals Flirt in how fast she eats
Mine too Adara. And I encourage all puppies to eat quickly. I usually put them in a crate so they don't spend their time running off to play with this and look at that. And I don't free feed which is what these puppies that are taking until noon to finish breakfast are doing.

Free feeding and letting puppies take forever to eat encourages picky eating in my opinion. And it deprives you, their owner of the first clue that a dog may not be feeling well. When a dog who normally cleans up a meal (for a puppy on one cup meals that would be about 3 to 4 minutes) quickly pokes around at it I'm immediately suspicious that something is going wrong--they are coming down with something, ate something they shouldn't have or there is something wrong with the food (had a friend who laid a bag of kibble down in a puddle in the garage and it soaked up enough water that by the time I opened that bag it had started to go moldy--it was apparent when one of my gluttons sniffed it and turned it down. I went checking and found damp and moldy kibble throughout the bag).

Dogs who free feed or take forever to eat are hard to take places (like on vacation) where they don't have an opportunity to spend all day eating their breakfast--or at least they don't if you intend to do anything except wait for the dog to finish eating.

I've also seen some very obese dogs who have been free fed--very hard to keep track of how much they are eating and impossible if you have more than one dog and are free feeding.

Just my opinion, of course.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm not worried I'm just wondering if others had pups that ate slow. Mine eats 3 cups a day one at 6am one at 12 and one at 6


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