Automatic dog feeders
Gravity-type Dog Feeders and Waterers
Another name for this type of dog feeder is a “self pet feeder.”
These feeders all share the same basic design, which is:
type of storage unit for the dog food.
– With an opening from which the food fills an attached bowl or
other eating area. It is self-regulating in that more food will
not come out of the opening until food is eaten from the bowl section.
style that has magnetic doors allowing your dog to eat, while keeping
out vermin and other pests.
– A removable “flap” door.
– A removable door and secure snap-latch lid.
– A shut-off valve that will stop dispensing food after a predetermined
amount has been consumed;
– A large capacity storage unit with an attached self-feeder, especially
suited for kennels or homes with several large dogs.
type of feeder generally allows free feeding, or “on-demand” feeding.
Most dogs, after a period of adjustment lasting from one to several
days, will be fine with free feeding and not overeat. However, if
you’re unsure whether your dog will make the adjustment, or be one
of the few who will continue to overeat when presented with a continuous
food supply, you can try giving him all the food he can eat in his
regular bowl as a test.
you are concerned about overeating, there is one type of “automatic”
dog feeder that does allow you to control the portion size. Yes,
it makes your presence necessary at feeding time, so would not be
suitable for feeding in your absence, but otherwise incorporates
the convenience and other desirable features of any automatic feeder.
This style has a knob or wheel or dial that will dispense a certain
amount of food when turned. For instance, one model gives 1 cup
of food for each quarter-turn of the knob.
dog feeders come in a range of sizes, from very small, holding two
lbs. of food or even less, to large, kennel-sized feeders holding
up to 50 lbs. You’ll want to keep in mind that these feeders dispense
only dry, kibble-type dog food. The openings will accommodate kibbles
of most commercial dog foods of varying sizes. If you have any concerns
about this, be sure to check out the size of the opening before
Feeders are made of a variety of materials, all of which have some
specific benefit. These include:
steel. By far the sturdiest material, these feeders are designed
for use in a kennel or outdoor area where resistance to weather
conditions, pests and heavy use is necessary. Locations could include
inside a barn, enclosed yard, or garage.
– Stainless steel. This is also a sturdy long-wearing material,
with the added advantage of ease of cleaning. Some of these have
removable trays that can be put in the dishwasher. Stainless steel
feeders are attractive enough to be used in the home, but sturdy
enough to withstand outdoor use as well.
– Plastic feeders are either of the very large kennel style, or
one of several smaller styles for use in the home.
– Combination styles include one that is made of plastic, but has
a metal edge on the feeding surface to discourage chewing, as well
as one that has a plastic food reservoir combined with a stainless
steel detachable feeding bowl.
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