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    Default If your bully "woofs" his food down..

    is it possible to change them over to "free feeding", where we just kept his bowl full all day? We do that with our Shih Tzu and he's not overweight, I'm just wondering if we can ever do that with Chester or if he will forever be relegated to 4:30am and 4:30 pm. I think he would just overeat and toss his "cookies.

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    Default Re: If your bully "woofs" his food down..

    I think you cannot. Sorry.

    One of these days I am going to video Mandy eating. Her bowl is gone in about 10 seconds flat... no chewing involved.

    She was probably so fat cuz they free fed her before I got her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    I think you cannot. Sorry.

    One of these days I am going to video Mandy eating. Her bowl is gone in about 10 seconds flat... no chewing involved.

    She was probably so fat cuz they free fed her before I got her!

    I know.. Chester INHALES the stuff..no chewing at all for him either! He sounds like he hasn't eaten in a year as he snorts like a glutton the whole time he's eating!

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    I am sorry-- it wouldn't be a good idea either -because Bullys need food in their tummies at most times of the day, thats why the twice a day feeding. and if trying to loose weight try breaking it down to three times a day --but break the total daily amount down in three portions. it works. you do not need weight reduction food, it often puts weight on because of the carbs in it . and does your Shih Tzu ---ever get picky ??? it is because they know the dish is full all the time and they can choose to wait in case -YOU HAVE SOMETHING BETTER!!!! BUT buy a slowem down food dish from home improvements for 12.00 and it will slow them down eating and they wont swallow air and have so much gas!!!!

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    Default Re: If your bully "woofs" his food down..

    I actually use a slow feed bowl with Bella. It is part of her EPI that she eats like she will never again. It took a couple different types of bowls to figure out what slowed her down. I also started making her sit and stay for her food, seems like that also calms her before she eats. She is on a strict schedule to to the need for enzymes etc... so of course my other two are also on a schedule!

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    I used to free feed my cocker spaniel Dexter...then we got Bertie. At first the free feeding was going just fine, then Bertie went to the Vet for surgery. When she came back after the surgery, she just wolfed everything down. I don't know if it was the fact that she couldn't eat hard food for a few days and she was scared that she wasn't going to get anymore food, or what....it is just easier now to feed both of them twice a day.

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    Another good reason to feed on schedules is because of blood sugar. Idiopathic head tremors are THOUGHT to be caused by blood sugar drops......? Don't know if its truth or not, but I think I will go with it.

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    Default Re: If your bully "woofs" his food down..

    Thanks for all the input... I think I'll look for the slow feeder bowl just so he doesn't eat so fast at his twice daily feedings... it's not a pretty sight The shih tzu is perfect for his size, and not finnicky about his food..he's just a SLOW eater. One piece at a time and he may just put a few in his mouth and go somewhere else to eat them, then return to the bowl to do the same thing. I'd be waiting all day for him to eat..and that's why, at times, Chester eats his own and Milo's too

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    Default Re: If your bully "woofs" his food down..

    If your Shih tzu was on a time limit, he will start eating it all at once. I learned that with my Sophie. She would eat a little and walk away, but if Abby was done, she would head for the rest of Sophies. Now that they are on a schedule, Sophie knows if she doesn't eat it, it gets put up. So now she is on a schedule like the rest.

    It isn't hard to do this. Put the food down for 20 mins, then pick it up till the next feeding time. Keep repeating, he will figure it out.

    Eating fast is also a risk for stomach "flips", at least this is what I am told. The slow feed bowl that works for Bella and another Bully I know it from Petco, it is a plastic round bowl with 4 dividers extending from the sides. the tunnels for the food are narrow and towards the end they have to use their tongues to get the rest. Bella eats as slow as Sophie now (our picky eater) The SS one from Petsmart had just a large hump in the middle of the bowl. The object was for the food to slip and rotate around the hump and the dog would have to work for it. I does not work with canned food or moistened foods (like Bella's w/enzymes) The food sticks and then won't slide in circles. It does work for my son's German Sheppard!
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    Default Re: If your bully "woofs" his food down..

    I feed Gertie and Ida twice a day, and even tho Ida eats FAST, she and Gertie both are very apt to leave a little in each dish. So I guess she only "inhales" til she's full?

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    Default Re: If your bully "woofs" his food down..

    there3 should be no need to do a 4:30 AM feeding, but as soon as you rise, and then again at supper. as long as it is opposite sides of the day approximately.
    And the best way to create a FUSSY DOG THAT WONT EAT WHAT YOU WANT OR WHEN YOU WANT(to take a trip, Vet appt,or any time) SI TO FREE FEED!!!!!!!
    any breed. But dont let them gulp it or they will swallow air,and create FLATULENCE gas-----go to

    ImprovementsCatalog.com and this is the item #

    380469
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    What’s Included: 1 Slow Feed Dog Bowl
    Slow Feed Dog Bowl Dimensions: Medium: 7-1/2"L x 6-1/2"D x 2-1/2"H
    Large: 10"L x 8-1/2"D x 2-1/2"H
    Materials: Plastic
    Available Colors: Red
    I hope these help. they are the best that I have seen, I use the large, they have better/thicker, blunt ended spikes. LindaParks 503-377-9640 any time I can help.

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    Default Re: If your bully "woofs" his food down..

    Ha olaf is not you typical bulldog...he is a great free feeder. He takes a good 2 minutes after the bowl is down to even take just one bite....where as Ivana inhales her food. It is a 360 compared to olaf. We have them on a schedule (esp b/c of her) but he sleeps in our room at night and actually likes to eat late at night so we keep a bowl in the with some food since we are desperate to put some weight on him. I hear him snacking in the middle of the night lol.

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