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Old 05-02-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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My puppy is 9 wks old. She eats her dry food at normal non sealant way, however wet food is another story. She gobbles chunks at a time like she hasn't eaten in weeks. She is NOT aggressive while doing so. I have stuck my hand in and she has not snapped or bit me but very very rough. Any suggestions on how to calm and slow her down while eating the occasional wet food????

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Old 05-02-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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Hi you couyld try the waiting training (NILIF) where Your puppy has to learn to sit and 'wait' for her food. and if she stops sitting or goes to bowl with your command then you start again till she learns it's on your terms. I didn't always do this but heard about it on here as my girl Nipper used to wolf it down till she had hiccups by using NILIF it clams the dog down while eating and it does work but you have to be persistant it won't happen over night or even a week but it should easier in a weeks time. but you still stick with it. Once you have picked a command to eat on your say so then stick the same command each and every time. I use a combination of spoken word and finger signals useing 3 fingers and count down from 3 - 1 but when I get to 1 I will hovver at 1 finger it amy drop in 10 secs time it may drop in 1 min but I always vary the time. This keeps her focused on you and not the food. Glad there's no growling when you put your hand in the bowl either keep that up not every day but keep it up ! I even take a odd piece of kibble out and get het to dit and take the piece off me then I say carry one and she resumes eating Good luck and keep us posted on her progress! ATB
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Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it right now. The puppy is only 9 weeks old....the milk teeth are getting ready to start dropping out. At this stage, when eating kibble, the mouth is sore, so the puppies tend to eat slower, and try to find a place in the mouth to chew that isn't painful.

If you are concerned that the pup is eating too fast, there are dishes you can buy that have towers standing in them that makes it harder for the dog to wolf down food. You can also put a heavy can in a regular dish and put the food around the can so the dog eats slower.
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Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it right now. The puppy is only 9 weeks old....the milk teeth are getting ready to start dropping out. At this stage, when eating kibble, the mouth is sore, so the puppies tend to eat slower, and try to find a place in the mouth to chew that isn't painful.

If you are concerned that the pup is eating too fast, there are dishes you can buy that have towers standing in them that makes it harder for the dog to wolf down food. You can also put a heavy can in a regular dish and put the food around the can so the dog eats slower.
the above is very solid advise

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You could also feed very small amounts IE: serveral small spoon fulls, let her eat each amount leaving a 5mins gap or so between the amounts. Nipper used to wolf her food down and consequently would get hiccups regular, now it doesn't happen cause I have introduced NILIF in to her regime. Try and experiement what works well for you and your dog. Good luck ATB
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What I would do with my pups is mixed the canned with the kibble really well and they would eat it at a normal pace.

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