The DogPause bowl is designed to make your dog eat slower because it is divided into four small compartments. The bowl should reduce vomiting, gagging, gas, belching and the risk of bloat, according to the company’s web site.
This bowl isn’t a magical solution, but when you have pets who eat without stopping to breathe, slowing them down a few seconds is worth it.
Even if your dog isn’t a fast eater, eating from this bowl is a mental challenge for a lot of dogs. I also fed my cat Beamer from this bowl, and it turned out to be a lot more effective for him than my dog as you can see in the videos below.
When my dog Ace eats from his regular bowl, he does not stop to breathe and is done eating two cups in about a minute and a half.
Beamer eats a quarter cup in about a minute and a half.
When Ace eats from the DogPause bowl, he does stop to breathe and he eats about 20 seconds slower. So, not much of a difference.
But when Beamer eats from the DogPause bowl, he has to reach his paws into each compartment and grab handfuls of food because his face doesn’t fit in the bowl. This slows him down to about five minutes. Who knew this bowl would work well for food-obsessed cats?
I also tried giving Ace water from the bowl, and that helped slow him down somewhat as well. My dog is obsessed with drinking water.
One thing that’s annoying about this bowl is even my cat is able to push it around when he eats. It is made of cheap plastic and is very light. It would work better if it were held in place by a stand.