How To Stop A Pug Eating Too Fast- Before It’s Too Late

Stop a Pug Eating Too Fast

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When you set your Pugs food bowl down, does he take his time to chew every bite or does he seem to inhale his food without chewing at all?

Pugs often develop the habit of eating too quickly and few dog owners don't always realize how dangerous this can be. Failing to chew can increase your dog's risk of choking on his food.

The Health Risks

You need to stop a pug eating too fast because gorging on food is especially dangerous for these dogs. Your dogs may experience breathing problems while eating their food.

Wolfing his food can harm your Pugs digestion. Watch for burping and flatulence. When a dog races through his food, he is swallowing a large amount of air. He may burp, pass gas, or even try to vomit.

Correcting your pug puppy's rapid eating is important because if ignored, it can cause a dangerous condition known as GDV for gastric dilation volvulus, or bloat. 

Bloating from food may increase the possibility that your Pug's stomach will twist, cutting off the blood supply to his stomach. This damage can be irreversible leading to the early death of your dog.

Signs Of Bloating

A distended stomach caused by the dog's belly filling with air is the most obvious sign of bloat. Other symptoms may include retching, unproductive gagging, walking hunched over, dry vomiting, shallow breathing, profuse salivation, listlessness, and pacing. 

Call your veterinarian if you suspect that your dog has GDV. A dog with these symptoms should be seen immediately by your vet. There's no home remedy.

The good news is that there are several things you can do to stop a pug eating too fast.

How to Stop a Pug Eating Too Fast

1.0 Keep mealtimes relaxed

Pugs are food hogs. They live to eat so mealtimes can be very exciting. If your Pug becomes over excited he will be more likely to gobble his food. Get your dog to SIT and wait until he's calm before you giving him his food.

For Pug puppies, place 2 or 3 golf balls in the dog's bowl and spread food around them. Your Dog will have to move around the balls so he can get to the food. This is okay for puppies dogs where a golf ball is too big to be swallowed. For adult dogs, you can use a larger stone or ball instead. 

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2.0 Is Your Pug A Competitive Eater?

If you have more than one dog you may find your dog eats quickly because he's afraid the other dogs will steal his food. This is a common behavior called competitive eating.

Do not let your dogs hover while you're preparing their meals or they will become overly excited. When its time to feed your dogs, prepare their meal and then bring it to him. 

Feed your dogs from their own bowls in different rooms to remove the pressure of the other dogs breathing down their necks.

Teach each dog SIT and make them wait a few seconds before giving him an OKAY to begin.

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3.0 Use A Slow Feeder At Meal Times

Try switching to a slow feeder dog food bowl or a food puzzle, which are toys that force your dog work to get food out.

There are a number of plastic bowl options with 'knobs' 'mazes' and the like.

If you want to avoid contact allergies, stick with stainless steel. I have used the DuraPet Slow-Feed Premium Stainless Steel Dog Bowl and this works well.

It took 2 to 3 times longer for them to eat from this bowl. By having to move their mouths around the bowl they're breathing more and taking longer to eat and that stops choking as well.

These special dog bowls are simple to clean and easy to use.

Important Tip!

A raised bowl while a good choice for many breeds, is not suitable for Pugs due to the risk of bloat.

Outward Hound Fun Feeder gets your dog to push the food around in the maze and will definitely stop a pug eating too fast.

This comes in a variety of different colors and sizes and will keep your dog engaged for longer than a traditional dog bowl. This toy will improve your dog's digestion and reduce the risk of bloat.

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4.0 Go Bowl-Free At Least Twice A Week

A treat dispensing toy filled with treats is not only a good way to make your pug work for his food, and it also turns mealtime into a fun game.

Bob A Lot

StarMark Bob-a-Lot Interactive Dog Toy is designed to dispense small amounts of food or treats at a time. 

This round bottom toy holds up to three cups of food and it has adjustable openings so you can regulate the difficulty level and therefore the amount of time it takes your dog to eat his entire portion. The toy bobs back and forth as your dog plays with it, encouraging him to keep on trying. If you use this to feed your dog his meals he won't be able to eat too much at once.

Kong Classic

A Kong Classic can be filled with wet food and thrown in the freezer for a fun and refreshing meal or activity during the summer months.

Try using a Kong Wobbler or IQ Treat Ball when you have to leave your dog at home.


  1. Unscrew your Wobbler and fill it completely with kibble, canned food, or peanut butter.
  2. Allow a few pieces of kibble to spill out to spike his interest.
  3. Adjust the size of the opening to make accessing the food more challenging.
  4. Encourage your dog to sniff and praise him when he paws at it.
  5. Your dog will have to spend a long time getting at the food, and his eating will be slowed down.
  6. Pop the Wobbler in the dishwasher to thoroughly clean it before the next bowl free meal

If you have any other ideas about how to stop a pug eating too fast and you would like to share them with us please use the comment box below this post.

God Bless

Richard S.

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