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Small Dog vs. Big Bowl

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It's dinnertime, and your little dog comes running. But when he sees his bowl, he suddenly turns around and walks away. What's the problem? It could very well be the size of his bowl. Many small dogs just don't like eating out of big bowls.

What makes a big bowl so intimidating? Think about it from your little dog's perspective. When he eats out of a big bowl, his entire head has to reach inside and he can't see what's happening beside or behind him, which could be a scary situation. If that's the case, he would rather not eat than feel vulnerable.

Keep your dog's comfort in mind

When choosing a bowl, match the size of the bowl to the size of your dog. Small dog—small bowl. Consider your dog's physical attributes, too. Short-nosed dogs such as the Pug and Shih Tzu will do best eating from a shallower bowl. With a deep bowl, these breeds may have a hard time keeping food from entering their nostrils while they eat.

If your dog is overweight or has a tendency to eat too quickly, resulting in vomiting or belching, consider a bowl with interior obstructions that force him to eat more slowly. You can find these at large pet stores or online.

Mealtime tips for small dogs

To ensure that your small dog always dines in comfort, follow these simple tips:

  • Feed him from a small bowl, one that is not too deep and that doesn't require him to put his entire head in it.
  • Look for a bowl that's wider at the bottom—it's harder for a dog to tip or knock over. A non-skid bottom is another plus.
  • Place your dog's food in a quiet, secure area and make sure he is not disturbed while he eats.
  • Try a flat plate or saucer if your dog doesn't like a bowl. This will allow your dog to eat while still being able to use his peripheral vision.

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