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How to teach a dog to eat from a bowl

Your dog doesn’t want to eat his meals straight from the bowl, and you don’t know how to deal with this problem? There may be several reasons for this behaviour of the dog. You should know them, so it will be easier for you to convince your pet to eat from a bowl. First, you must be consistent in your actions, so the dog understands that this is learning a new skill, not playing.

a dog eats from a brown dog bowl

Not every dog can eat from the bowl and not mess around. If your dog doesn’t want to eat directly from his bowl, the problem may be its material. The size of the bowl is also of great importance, and perhaps it is too large for your four-legged friend.

What will you learn from this article:

• Not every dog ​​can eat from a bowl without training

• The material from which the bowl is made may be unpleasant for your dog

• Too large a bowl can make your dog feel uncomfortable while eating

How to teach a dog to eat from a bowl

The image of food scattered around the bowl by my dog almost every day will remain in my memory for a long time. Fortunately, such a situation in our home belongs to the past. Therefore, I want to share how to teach your dog to eat from a bowl. I think you’ll admit that this behaviour can be very annoying in the long run.

Indeed, it is essential for those dog owners who love impeccable order at home. Optimum cleanliness with your four-legged friend can be tricky. Nevertheless, there are several ways you can help yourself with much less work while cleaning.

In one of the previous posts, I talked about how easy it is to get rid of dog hair in your home. In that post, I focus mainly on the floor and furniture, which often absorbs dog hair. You can find the entry I am talking about HERE.

Why the dog refuses to eat from the bowl

Have you ever wondered why your dog doesn’t want to eat from his bowl? Most dogs are greedy eaters. Therefore, the reluctance to bowl is quite an unusual situation. If a dog gives up his favourite meal because of the way of serving, that isn’t comforting.

The bowl’s material

The dog bowl can be made of various materials. If it is plastic, it can absorb the taste and smell of the meals served after a more extended period of use. Because our dogs have a very developed sense of smell, this situation may be a problem.

Perhaps your dog doesn’t want to eat his food from his bowl because he is irritated by the smell of it while eating.

A bowl with metal inserts is a much safer solution. It is easy to keep clean and does not cool off odours like its plastic version.

On the other hand, the version with ceramic inserts is the least susceptible to smells. You will find them in the Bowl & Bone Republic range. Bowls from the SOLO or DUO lines are available with metal or ceramic inserts.

The quality of the bowl

The quality and robustness of the dog bowl can bring your dog the enjoyment of eating. The wooden frame of the dog bowl prevents it from moving while eating. That is very important, especially for susceptible dogs.

When the bowl slides while eating, it can be uncomfortable for your dog. It could irritate your dog so much that he prefers to take the morsels out of the bowl and eat them straight from the floor instead. Therefore, ensure that the bowl you buy sticks well to the ground. Ideally, it would have non-slip feet – such as in the bowl mentioned above.

I think the quality of our pets’ accessories directly impacts their joy of use. Especially eating food belongs to this group.

Some dogs, like humans, don’t like change. The dog bowl of very dubious quality will surely quickly deteriorate and need to be replaced with another one. Your dog won’t get used to one bowl when suddenly another takes its place. He realizes that this can be irritating for a pet.

It will be uncomfortable, especially for dogs who appreciate everyday life’s constancy. Each new change requires time to get used to it.

That may be why your dog refuses to eat from his bowl. He has to get used to it first. If you keep replacing it with a new one, you will not have the opportunity to do so. Therefore, I recommend that you invest in one decent dog bowl that will be able to serve your dog well for a long time.

How can you teach a dog to eat from a bowl?

I have outlined the reasons that could directly cause your dog’s reluctance to eat from the bowl. Consider if any of these apply to your pet. If so, then try to follow my instructions. It is possible that, in this way, you will successfully convince your dog to eat from a bowl.

However, if your dog’s case is different, your job is to teach your pet to eat from the bowl. How can you do that? Above all, you have to be consistent. From now on, you cannot hand-feed your dog. Your dog should eat food only from a bowl. For clarification, let me mention that I do not mean treats served while studying or playing.

A well-chosen bowl for the dog

As I mentioned, what bowl you choose for your dog may affect his willingness and comfort to eat. Therefore, before teaching your dog to eat from a bowl, select a model that suits him best.

You can find more about choosing the best dog bowl in the post HERE. You will learn what aspects of the bowl’s specifics are essential from your pet’s point of view.

dog eats from the duo dog bowl

The dog’s favourite food

If you know what flavours your dog likes best, you should give your pet his favourite dishes starting learning to eat from a bowl. That will be an additional motivation for the dog, thanks to which learning will be faster and more efficient.

Food bowl available for a limited time

One of the most common and effective methods of learning to eat from a bowl is to limit the amount of time your pet can access it.

When it’s time to eat, call your pet and place a bowl of food in front of him. Before putting it on the ground, you can give the dog a bowl to smell to make him realize that his favourite dish is inside.

Leave the bowl for about 15-20 minutes, and then if the dog decides not to eat, take it and put it in a place where it will not be visible to him. After an hour has passed, try again. If the food you were serving was initially warm, try to serve it a second time to the dog and heat it. We do not mean that the dog has to eat a cold, cooled meal as a punishment.

A hungry doggie will sooner or later overcome his reluctance towards the bowl. He decides to eat his meal from a bowl when he realizes he will not be fed from your hand. You can use the above method several times. However, if, after the third approach, the dog refuses to eat from the bowl, remember that you have to satisfy his hunger differently.

Give him food in an interactive toy, where the dog’s task is to reach the food inside. Under no circumstances can you leave your dog hungry in the end.

a dog sits by a white duo bowl

Is it possible to effectively teach a dog to eat from a bowl?

I think that sooner or later, you can convince every dog ​​ to eat from a bowl. We need to create the best conditions for it. That is very important.

A well-chosen bowl is the basis for this situation. It is not worth saving on it. Thanks to the purchase of a good-quality bowl, my dog ​​quickly got used to eating from it.

And how was it with your four-legged friend? Let me know by leaving a comment.

If you have any questions or want me to discuss a topic in the next post, share it with me in the comments section.

Author: Klaudia, great dog lover

The dog by my side teaches me to enjoy every moment and to perceive each subsequent day as a chance for a new, wonderful adventure. While looking for my soul mate, I found it in a dog's wise eyes.

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