Feeding your dog from a traditional bowl may seem like a simple and convenient way to provide your furry friend with their daily meals. But every dog trainer will tell you that using a food bowl is depriving your pet of a very important training activity. That’s especially true if your pet has any sort of behavior problems. What you need to do is to know the reasons and and how to deal with it.

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1.Why is it not allowed?

Firstly, feeding your dog from a bowl can lead to overeating and obesity. When food is easily accessible in a bowl, dogs tend to eat quickly and without much thought, often consuming more than they need. Over time, this can lead to weight gain and related health issues such as diabetes, joint problems, and heart disease.

Secondly, this does not stimulate their natural instincts and behaviors. In the wild, dogs would have to forage and work for their food, using their senses and skills to find and catch their prey. By contrast, eating from a bowl provides no mental or physical challenge for your dog, leading to boredom and potential behavioral problems.

Lastly, feeding your dog from a bowl can actually decrease the bond between you and your furry friend. By providing food from a bowl without interaction, you miss out on opportunities for training, bonding, and establishing a deeper connection with your dog.

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2.What can you do?

The best thing to focus on here is to just remove the bowl completely from the entire feeding process. Instead, use the bowl to store your “rewards” while training. Don’t feed him or her all at once, because that is huge wasted opportunity. Instead, scatter feeding, or food dispensing toys to provide your dog with a more engaging and interactive mealtime experience. By doing so, you can prevent overeating and obesity, stimulate your dog’s natural instincts, and strengthen your bond with your furry friend.

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All in all, feeding your dog solely from a bowl doesn’t aid in their training. Instead, consider using their favorite foods as treats for positive reinforcement during training. Experiment with different treats to find what motivates your pet. Be creative and implement fun systems that work for your dog. These efforts will result in successful training.

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