Slow-Down Showdown: Slow Feeder Round-Up

The scene is set. Your dog locks eyes with you. He knows it. You know it. It’s dinnertime!

Queue dramatic western showdown music.

You scoop his kibble into his bowl and the delightful clinking throws your pup into tremendous excitement. He’s practically nudging you out of the way as you lean to put his bowl on the floor. As soon as it makes contact, he is on it and the kibble is gone in a matter of seconds. Food flying in every direction as he gobbles it up.

If this sounds familiar, your dog is probably eating too fast. Besides making a complete mess, eating too fast can actually have negative medical consequences as well. Canine bloat or twisted stomach occurs when a dog eats too quickly and gulps down a lot of air. The air turns into gas in the stomach and causes the abdomen to swell, putting pressure on the heart, lungs and other organs.

Puppies are notorious for gulping down their food as quickly as possible. While it may be cute, often the puppy eats more than he should, and since he may not know when he’s full, the excess kibble in his belly continues to expand more and more. You may have found out the hard way that the result is often puppy-vomit followed by a scrub brush, carpet cleaner, and elbow grease.

It’s time to change the tempo with the Rock N Bowl! This novel invention, called a slow feeder, helps prevent those issues that can arise from eating too quickly. Once filled with kibble, your dog simply has to paw, nudge, and play his way to a rewarding meal. It can literally be a life-saver!

But it’s not just another slow feeder; it’s also a unique puzzle feeder that will engage your dog’s creativity and help them build problem solving skills. It creates mental stimulation and provides environmental enrichment that can help the overall well being of your dog. By turning a simple routine part of your dog’s day into a rewarding challenge, we actually help him become a more fulfilled, engaged and stimulated companion.

You’re building your dog’s confidence!

We found the Rock N Bowl at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando where we met with the Paw5 team and learned all about their unique products and one-of-a-kind company.

Here’s the best part–since it’s from Paw5, this feeder was designed to engage ALL 5 of your dog’s senses (get it? Paw5, 5 senses? We thought that was clever)!

  1. Touch. Your dog has to use its nose, mouth, paws and who knows what else to push the feeder around before she receives her meal.
  2. Sight. Paw-eye coordination, watching the treats fall out of the feeder.
  3. Hearing. They definitely hear those yummy morsels hitting the ground!
  4. Smell. A dog’s nose is 40 times more sensitive than ours…you don’t think they smell what’s inside this thing, do ya? (Sarcasm totally works in writing.)
  5. Taste. Here’s comes the reward! All the work was well worth it. Victory! How tasty it is!!

The Rock N Bowl comes in blue and orange, holds up to 4 cups of dry dog food, and is BPA and phthalate free. Aannnd, they’re dishwasher safe, because who actually washes anything by hand anymore? (If you do, you are a much better human than me!)

The Rock N Bowl is one of two products that Paw5 has developed to fully engage our furry friends five senses. The second one…this thing:

No, this isn’t a floor mat, and it isn’t your accountant’s toupee! This is the Wooly by Paw5. Just like the Rock N Bowl, the Wooly is a totally unique slow feeding and treat-delivery option that your dog is sure to enjoy…slowly.

Like any other feeder that slows down your dog’s food intake, the Wooly is a great option for fast eaters and even puppies. Remember: puppies don’t know how to pace themselves while the eat. Nobody wants a sick puppy!

The Wooly engages a dog’s powerful sense of smell as they snuffle, snort, and sniff their way through dinner or treat time. It’s designed to simulate a dog’s natural foraging instincts by mimicking the hunt for food in grass and fields (which engages each of the 5 senses all at once). So, it feeds not only your dog’s belly…but his brain too!

It’s another way for pet parents to turn an everyday, boring routine into an engaging, challenging and rewarding experience. The Wooly is a great experience for any dog: large or small in size and fast or lazy eaters.

All four of our girls have always enjoyed puzzle toys (and of course they love treats), so Jason and I personally LOVE the Wooly. We use it in our house for treat-delivery more often than for their meals. We simply break up some treats and sprinkle them over the Wooly….the mat takes care of the rest. Well, I guess the girls take care of the rest!

If you’d like to see the Wooly up close and personal, bring your dog up to JDP and we’ll give you a quick demo!

The Wooly is made from pre-consumer textiles. In fact, Paw5 claims that every Wooly mat they sell prevents 2 pounds of textiles from reaching a landfill.

Wow! Great product AND responsible company! Found right here in the USA.

And there you have it guys! These are our favorite slow feeders. I think they can both be used by dogs of all shapes, sizes, and age…from puppy to grand-dog.

As always, if you enjoyed this article or found it useful, please share it with another dog lover. You can also find videos about each product here: Rock N Bowl and the Wooly. We respond to all of our messages on Facebook and Instagram so feel free to reach out to us.

To pick up one of these awesome feeders, come see us at Just Dog People!

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