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    Default My Puppy Doesn't Chew!!

    yes.. i have a few problems with my dogs!

    my puppy doesn't chew her food, just simply swallows it, and then winds up burping and farting!!

    her meal takes literally a few seconds to be gone.

    we have tried feeding her smaller amounts more frequently, but this doesn't do anything. just takes less time to be gone!
    also tried hand feeding her but, alas, she does not chew it either.

    is there anything i can do to make her slow down?

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    The dogs seem to be to digest the food chewed or unchewed. There are problems with them throwing up and worse yet even choking to death. The most common solution is to spread it out so they can't get as big of a mouthful. I still don't know if they chew it or not, but they throw up less and don't choke. Some people use a cookie sheet. Many of my friends simply throw it in the bottom of the crate. That works very well with several dogs in the house. Another technique is to put large rocks in the food dish. Same effect, the dog must work at getting the food rather than inhale it.

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    Give her some bones, chicken frames are excellent for puppies and you can pick them up really cheap at your butcher. As she cannot gulp down a whole bone or chicken frame it will teach her to chew.

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    How old is she?

    When I first got my puppy...she did the same thing..she was from a large litter so all she knew was to rush & gulp down whatever she could (including stones!!). I got her at 10 weeks... she's now 6 months & she has completely settled down with her food now she knows she doesn't have to fight off her siblings for it.
    Even when I fed her chicken necks...they used to go straight down unchewed!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymum View Post
    Even when I fed her chicken necks...they used to go straight down unchewed!!!
    Due to the shape and size of chicken necks, if he wants to he can get them down in one go. thats why using the frames or a big bone works better as there is no way that is going down in one gulp no matter how hard he tries.

    Puppies dont acctually know how to chew their food when they are first born as they suckle. chewing is behaviour that has to be taught.

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    I don't know why..but I am scared to give her a chicken frame!

    ATM I've been giving her lamb shanks and beef knuckles

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymum View Post
    I don't know why..but I am scared to give her a chicken frame!

    ATM I've been giving her lamb shanks and beef knuckles
    As long as it is big enough that she cant get it into her mouth to swollow it will teach her to chew.

    When i first got my pup i was concerned about chciken frames too as you look at all the pointy bits they have and get worried that the dog will stab herself.

    The truth is that fresh chicken frames have very soft bones that puppies have no problem dealing with ( i know my pup absolutely loves them) also they have the perfect ratio of bone to flesh for a growing pup and the right amount of calcium.

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    You can buy a special bowl which is the expensive version of Morgan's rock idea. hold on... searching my desk...

    Just found it in a magazine - it's called the "Brake-fast" and apparently can be found at Pets First Choice - Supreme products that pets love

    It basically has big plastic bumps inside that they have to eat around.

    I once had an afghan who bolted her food and I was always worried about her getting bloat. Once when she was about four months old I gave her a chicken and thigh piece (raw - like 1/4 of a chook) and she swallowed it whole, brought it back up, swallowed it again, about four times until I got it off her and cut it up - yuck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    You can buy a special bowl which is the expensive version of Morgan's rock idea. hold on... searching my desk...

    Just found it in a magazine - it's called the "Brake-fast" and apparently can be found at Pets First Choice - Supreme products that pets love

    It basically has big plastic bumps inside that they have to eat around.

    I once had an afghan who bolted her food and I was always worried about her getting bloat. Once when she was about four months old I gave her a chicken and thigh piece (raw - like 1/4 of a chook) and she swallowed it whole, brought it back up, swallowed it again, about four times until I got it off her and cut it up - yuck...
    I have heard good things about the brake fast bowls on my staffy forum and have heard alot of people recommend them

    And agree chewing is a learnt behaviour. With Leo I would hold the chicken wings/drumsticks/frames at first and would tell him 'chew' Once i felt confident he had a hang of the chewing, i let him have them on his own, and if he started scoffing i would tell him no, then hold the item again and repeat 'Chew'. Now at 11 months he requires 'no assistance' and if he is getting to greedy and excited about his food and trying to scoff (Usually this happens with new and exciting foods, whole duck frame was the last one) I can firmly tell him 'Leo, chew!' and he slows it down and chews properly

    The problem when they dont chew their food properly is that it goes through them to fast and they dont absorb all the goodness from their food (Or so i hear)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbiegirl View Post
    Give her some bones, chicken frames are excellent for puppies and you can pick them up really cheap at your butcher. As she cannot gulp down a whole bone or chicken frame it will teach her to chew.

    well my pup has proved that wrong he swallowed a bone whole with meat on it as i gave it to my other older dog and she was too slow to eat it and my pup snuck up and grabbed it and before we could get it off him be swallowed it whole in like 5 seconds

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