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Old 11-12-2012, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Chewing Food...or lack of it!

Hi, I'm new to the site and have got a little problem with my boy Dexter.

I was just wondering if anybody has had problems with their beagle not chewing food properly. Dexter is 6 months old is wolfing his food down. I have started putting objects in his food bowl to try and slow him down a bit.

Although this has helped with the speed he finishes his food slightly, he was sick the other day and there were full bits of kibble in it so he is still not chewing it properly.

Has anybody had the same problem or has any suggestions which may help?

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Old 11-12-2012, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've got two greedy grabby food-wolfers. I had to buy special bowls for them to slow them down. It worked though, there's no more choking, coughing or puking at mealtimes.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think most beagles are gobblers, especially ones that are rescue dogs. My Vazzle practically sucks her food down. I do mix warm water and some canned food so its more moist when they eat it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Buddy doesn't gobble his food. I've watched him step up to his bowl, remove one piece, take a step back, chew and swallow, and then step back up and remove another. That's it. One piece at at a time.

But if there's a peice he doesn't like he'll place it on the floor next to his bowl and then continue eating.
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My dog is 9 1/2 months and is not a gobbler. She approaches the bowl slowly, smells the food all around, sticks her tongue in the food, backs up, then back, eats a little then walks around then back to the bowl, drops food on the floor she doesn't want...it's really funny to watch this behavior. Then again I have a real finicky eater. We are on the 9th brand of food. I have thrown more food away then she has eaten (wet, canned, kibble...). We finnally found Evanger canned food which I add a little of my homemade baked "meat loaf" made specifically for her (ground meat, canned peas and carrots,cooked rice, egg)
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Yes my Buddy used to be like Cassie until we got Phoebe. He now inhales his food. I tried something new this morning. I put some cooked peas in with his breakfast. he wasn't quite sure about them.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My girls love peas in their food, it does slow them down a bit too because they have to chase them around the bowl.
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