The AïKiou (pronounced IQ) “dog Slow Feeder”was the first interactive feeder developed in 2008. It can be used for slowing your dogs ingestion speed and reduce anxiety by having a fun eating experience. Because we all know that dogs have a tendency to eat too fast, using a slow feeder just makes sense. But dogs like to forage too, so we thought about making your dogs meal not only healthy by reducing his speed of ingestion but also fun by having him experience the fun of digging for food.
Fun to use, dogs like to search and experience finding their own food with their sense of smell. After all, they were designed for that and are much more capable than we are. Have you ever wondered why we used dogs to search for smell, it’s because it’s natural for them and they crave it. So is this making them work for their food or just experience what they like to do. After all, they do like to dig everywhere so why not in their food bowl?
This feeder is not so different than the feeder you are already using. The big difference is that your dog needs to use his nose and his paws to turn the wheel to have access to his food. Of course, this slows your dogs ingestion but using behavioural enrichment techniques used by many specialists in the dog training industry, it gives your dog a positive and enriching activity to do. So not only will your dog live a more healthy life, he will be able to use his brain and get the reward he deserves.
Of course, it may not look like this because you are used to see your dog sleeping around the house. But like us, they do like and need to work. We won’t tell you that you are a bad dog owner because you don’t make them work for their food but just remember your last meal that you prepared for your family or friend, how proud you were to achieve such a masterpiece. Yes, they feel it too when they deserve their meal and it help in so many ways.