A truly interactive feeder for dogs
Even though several speed-reducing bowls exist for dogs, the Aïkiou is what can be called an interactive bowl for dog. The difference is that the Aïkiou contains several compartments and parts that allow your dog to play and seek his food while interacting with his bowl and food. This allows your dog to express his or her natural search for food needs. The brand allows it to eat more slowly and improve digestion while having a constructive activity to perform.
Dogs in nature need to search for their food. Today, we just serve a free meal and we forget that dogs need intellectual activity to stay active and healthy.
We always think about the fact where dogs need to stay healthy mentally. But we too often forget that dogs need also to stay healthy mentally.
Help reduce weight problems
While a dog puzzle feeder can challenge your dogs mind, it will also let him eat at a slower pace, thus helping him to maintain a healthy weight.
Purchased this bowl for our quick eater, it's solved the problem immediately.
I bought this as a toy to keep my dogs entertained when I needed quiet and to keep my 45lb lab-mix from inhaling her food. Not only has she slowed down on the munching, she also burns off some energy chasing it around the room. As other reviews have mentioned, it does slide across the floor easily. My 'picky eater' GSD is interested in it, but not enough to use for meals. He tends to try to pick it up and turn it over when I get him to 'find' treats in the little compartments.
A friend told me about this product and I immediately made the purchase. My dog eats so fast he doesn't even chew his food - just swallows. Unfortunately this does not make him chew his food, but it definitely slows him down, which is what we wanted. It took him a few feedings to figure it out but now he knows what to do. I can't say he enjoys it or has fun when he's eating, but I feel better about the pace which he is eating. You definitely need space for the container as it is rather large. And you want it on a non-slip surface or you may find your dog pushing it all over the place trying to get into the compartments.
We have a 15 lb. puppy and purchased this when he was 3 months old. Although the first day or two he had some difficulty, he quickly learned how to get the food and seems to enjoy the challenge. It definitely helped to slow down his attempt to inhale his food. It is also great for an activity when he needs to be distracted. I like to give him half of his meal and then save the other half for a half hour or hour later.
We found a puppy (approx 2 months old) who was very thin and starving. Took him immediately to the vet office and they gave him nutritious food in small increments to get him back to health. He inhales his chow, almost like a vacuum cleaner, and has had a couple of vomiting episodes. To help slow him down we purchased the Aikiou interactive dish. He learned quickly how to get the food from the compartments, but it does take him somewhat longer to eat. We would recommend this product.
It definitely slows my labs feeding and he lives movie the pieces around and hunting for his food. Its sometimes hard for him to get really small pieces at the bottom and you have to supervise use or it will be destroyed. I love it though.
This is the second Aikiou Dog Interactive Feeder that I've purchased. The first one immediately got my first dog to stop digging in the back yard. This time, our new puppy hasn't completely stopped digging just yet, but she has dramatically slowed down. By having to 'dig' for their food in the interactive feeder bowls, they are getting the instinct to dig out of their systems.
My 8yr old Rescued Dachshund used to eat his food, as if he did not inhale it, it would disappear. Now with his new dish, I give him his dry dog food in one feeding and his wet/canned food in his second feeding. This has worked out to be the best way to control his speed in eating his food. I smear the wet food around the compartments so he spends time licking up every morsel. This has solved the feeding issue. Thank you for this great dog feeder.
My dog has had slow feed bowl after slow feed. This slow feeder is the only one that has slowed him down and he treats it like a puzzel!
My puppy would eat her normal bowl of food in under 30 seconds. This bowl challenges her and keeps her occupied for over 2 minutes. I'm so impressed with it! I even put treats in it sometimes; it makes her take the time to figure out how to reach the prize.
All the advantages of an interactive dog feeder and slow dog feeder.
Invented in 2008 by a Canadian vet technician, the Aikiou puzzle feeder combines both an interactive dog feeder and slow dog feeder. Its patented design is one of the best on the market. It is so efficient than even Zoos are using it for behavioural enrichment purpose.
BECAUSE MEALTIME SHOULD BE FUN FOR YOUR DOG
In nature, dogs are used to search for their food. Using a dog puzzle feeder is both fun and important for your dog. It lets him express its true hunter nature and use his mind to solve problems which is great for him. It helps reduce anxiety and weight problems.
Here’s how it works.
You just need to hide the food in the 14 different compartments. your dog will need to use his paws in order to “dig” to find the hidden food. This will slow your dogs eating speed and have him “work” for his food. This makes lunch time much more fun for him.
A real challenge
Intellectual activity requires 6X more energy than physical activity. But we know your dog is a genius so you can adjust the Aikiou (IQ) dog puzzle feeder. Using treats to block the carousel, your dog need to remove the treats to let it turn. Also, a unique system lets you adjust the movement of the toecaps by just removing and rotating them.