Why does my dog swallow food and not chew? A dog’s teeth are designed for ripping and tearing meat and their jaws mostly move in an up-and-down motion. Dogs also don’t have flat molars as herbivores and omnivores do. Dogs are therefore not designed to chew as much as some other animals and that’s a main reason why they end up swallowing their kibble whole.
How do I stop my dog from swallowing whole food? One recommendation is to place objects such as toys or balls that are too large to swallow in the food bowl — with the food — so that the animal must eat around the object. Another method using the same idea is to partition the food by placing a smaller bowl inside the larger bowl.
Why isn’t my puppy chewing his food? If your dog is used to eating only dry food, try switching it onto wet food. Wet food, or dry food moistened with water, helps a dog to slow down and chew. Even if you stick with dry food, changing to larger kibbles will prevent him from swallowing too many pieces at once.
Can dogs eat kibble without chewing? While it may be concerning, puppies swallowing kibble without chewing is usually nothing to worry about. This is so long as they are not gulping down huge portions of kibble at once. If the kibble is too big for a small dog or puppy to swallow whole, you are likely feeding them the wrong kibble.