Finally, a dog feeder that truly slowed down my gulping girl! In a frenzy she used to inhale her food in seconds. To help in her digestion I have been looking for and tried other feeding options. Using the Northmate Green Interactive Dog Feeder has brought a sense of calm to her 2 minute feeding. Yes, that is correct a change from 20 seconds to 2 minutes and I think she enjoys the quest. I purchased the small size for my 17lb papshund. It is also dishwasher friendly.
I have a 2 year old rescue that is a distracted eater, disinterested in her food and more interest in going outside to play, once she learned how to eat out of this (took about 5 minutes to lurer her into it) she eat everything without a second thought, she loves it! And the mental stimulation for being able to forage for her food (something she does outside anyway)was a huge bonus for this energetic pup!
Our rescue pup was gulping down his food in about 2 seconds and then he frantically looking for more. We bought this thing. He was pretty confused (and mad at us) at first but once he figured it out, it seems he enjoyed the game. It now takes at least five minutes to eat. The pieces do fly out around the dish and under his crate and so it would help if the edge had a taller lip. This is very sturdy and though he is a chewer he hasn’t tried to chew the dish.
I prefer to use snuffle mats to feed my dog because they extend her feeding time to 20 minutes, but she has learned to grab the end of it and flip it over so I decided to try an interactive feeder instead. This is a nice, simple feeder to have for dogs who are fast eaters or just need a little enrichment, plus it's sturdy and heavier than a snuffle mat so it can't be flipped. Compared to a normal bowl where my dog will sit there and finish off her food in 2 minutes, this feeder keeps her on her feet the whole time and extends her feeding to about 8 minutes. I like it and I'm going to continue using it, but I think there are better interactive feeders out there on the market.
I was worried our little 7 lb toy poodle wouldn't be able to get in between the "fingers" to reach the food, but somehow she did. The raised "fingers" are pretty high, so I think it is a little hard for her to reach the food in between the partitions, but it is serving its purpose. It has helped slow her down when she eats. Now, if I could just figure out a way to get her to actually chew her food versus swallow it whole.
Bought this (mini) for our 5-yr old dachshunds who are experienced slow feeder diners. It presented a little challenge for our girl, Liesl, who wandered away a bit irritated but returned when she decided she was hungry. Our boy, Fritz, took to it well. I think he likes the effort required to get his food. How it's constructed: all of the 'prongs' are 2-inches tall and the center is domed a bit but it isn't so high that dry food falls to the edges. It creates a bit more challenge to get around the prongs. There's an edge so the food shouldn't fall out unless your dog is overzealous. I don't see dogs with short snouts doing as well with this product unless they have good tongue action. It has weight to it so it doesn't scoot around the floor and there's some rubber on the bottom to keep it in place as well. Easy to clean and dry.
I hate how smart my dog is. The first time she used it, it took her maybe 10 min...... She figured out how to gobble down the food with this so fast and now it’s back to maybe 2 min tops.
yes these dishes were a bit expensive in these troubled times but worth it. my boys gulped their food. this has really slowed them down and it makes meal time fun for them to pick through the green bumps.
Slowed down our voracious dog's eating. Now he doesn't regurgitate his meal like he was doing before. Thank you!
Of all the other feeders we've tried, this is the longest lasting, most effective at making our 2 dogs eat meals at a slower rate. Our breed is one of many that have been known to 'bloat' so we want to make sure they aren't ingesting food and air too fast. Other slow feeders, such as concentric circles did not slow down eating and in fact helped scoop it up easier. I would suggest that this feeder is used after the teething stage, as the humps can be chewed ragged. We used a stuffed kong for meals up to 6 mos.