I knew this wasn't exactly healthy. Yes, it's kind of a 'corgi thing', but there is still the issue of gulping too much air and getting sick, or worse... Plus, eating so fast makes you less satisfied/feel less full than if you take your time (which is just great for a dog who seems to have a bottomless stomach). So, I decided to take action and buy Gibson some new bowls to slow him down.
Where's the food, ma!?
I call them 'slow down bowls', but they're really called EatBetter & DrinkBetter bowls. Basically, they both have little obstacles to slow down eating and drinking:
The food bowl divides the food into three sections and the water bowl has a floating disc that only allows a small amount of water to be drank at a time. And ya know what? They actually work. He eats (well, still wolfs down) one section of food, licks every crumb from that section, and then moves on to the next! It is still a very quick meal, but it is noticeably longer.
The water bowl? I suppose it works, but drinking was never really a concern. I mostly bought it so that it matches the food bowl :) I like the little floaty thing though, it's a pretty smart design.
I think the funniest thing about the bowls, is that it came w/instructions that said something like, "gradually begin switching your dog over to his new bowl by adding a few pieces of food each day so that he gets used to using it." HA! Would any dog who eats so fast that they need a specially designed bowl, really CARE what they are eating that food out of?
I doubt Gibson has even noticed.... :)