Raised Dog Feeding Station

Raised Dog Feeding Station

When my wife and I were researching what we would need for our labrador, we came across an article raised dog feeding station. Pity that I don't remember the site where I found it. However, according to the article, it was recommended to raise feeding bowls from the ground for labradors and other large breed dogs.

Raised Dog Feeding Station

I almost forgot about this recommendation, but unexpectedly today came across this DIY Dog Feeding Station post on woodworkjunkie.com. Even though I haven't done any DIY woodwork, but most likely I will take this challenge as a winter project.


Of course, I will have to adjust the plan a bit, to incorporate slow feeder bowl instead of a regular bowl that they use in the video. I will keep you posted on the progress.

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Have you done any interesting DIY projects for your dog? Share in the comments below.

Cheepsus with some food on his snout

Slow Feeder Dog Bowls

If you have a labrador at home you already know that they love to eat. If you are just planning to get a labrador you will want to read this post. I am going to explain and show why you have to get a slow feeder dog bowl. This is the first item on our New Puppy List essentials.

Labrador Retrievers Love Their Food

Our Cheepsus, yellow lab, eats everything and I believe could easily eat the whole 26 lbs dog food bag. However, the major problem is not they love to eat. They eat really fast, they just gulp their food. Luckily there are ways how to slow them down. I believe the best way is using a slow feeder dog bowl.
In the video below you can see the comparison made by Cheepsus. He ate from a regular bowl and a slow feeder dog bowl. It took him three times longer to consume the same amount of food from the slow feeder blow than from the regular bowl. In the video below he is eating from Slow Feeder Dog Bowl by Outward Hound.

What We Tried

We started with 2PET Slowly Bowly and it was great for couple months while Cheepsus was still a small puppy and amount of food he ate was around 2 cups per meal. However once we switched to 2 meals a day and increased his daily food allowance, the bowl became too small and we had to upgrade to Slow Feeder Dog Bowl by Outward Hound. The very first time when he tried 2PET Slowly Bowly it took him more than 20 minutes to finish his food, but with each day he got better, learned bowl’s pattern and now it takes him around 6 minutes to finish his meal.
Of course, there are other options how to slow down your dog. If you are feeding your dog on kibble, then you could lay their food portion on a baking tray. This will take some time for them to eat the food as they will have to lick it all. The other option is to use bigger stones that you could throw into their bowl together with kibble. If you bring stones from outside – don’t forget to wash before using.
Moreover, your dog won’t get as messy as they would eating from a regular bowl. Just like Cheepsus after his work on comparison video.
Cheepsus with some food on his snout


Cheepsus on his first day at home

New Puppy Supply List: Things You Will Need Before Puppy Comes to Your Family

New Puppy Supply List: Things You Will Need Before Puppy Comes to Your Family

It is very exciting to bring your new puppy home for the first time. In order for everything to go as smooth as possible here is a new puppy supply list. Check out other posts reviewing each item separately.

Essential Items

  1. Food bowl. This is going to be your pups favorite item of all. As labradors eat really fast it might upset their tummy, we recommend getting a slow feeder bowl. We started with 2PET Slowly Bowly but recently upgraded to a bigger one Slow Feeder Dog Bowl by Outward Hound.
  2. Water bowl. We chose ceramic bowl as it is more stable and as it is heavy it is difficult to flip over Signature Housewares City Pets Dog Bowl.
  3. Food Wellness CORE Natural Dry Grain Free Puppy Food, Chicken & Turkey.
  4. If you are planning to crate, it is best to get a large size crate with a divider, so you can adjust crate’s size as the puppy grows MidWest Dog Crate. More info about crate training can be found here.
  5. Collar and leash. It is a must to have as you will have to walk your puppy and start training from early days: Blueberry Pet Solid Color Collar and Blueberry Pet Classic Solid Color Dog Leash.
  6. Kongs to keep your puppy busy while you are away or not playing Puppy KONG ToyKONG Puppy Tires.
  7. Poop bags, you will need a lot! Gorilla Supply 1000 Pet Poop Bags w Free Dispenser.

Additional Items That Will Make Your Life Easier

  1. Treats. You will find a huge variety of treats. So it is up to you what to get, but we are using these right now: Beef Bone Natural Dog Treat, Old Mother Hubbard Crunchy Classic Natural Dog Treats.
  2. Pet stain and odor eliminator. This will be your # 1 item for the first couple weeks Nature’s Miracle 3-in-1 Odor Destroyer.
  3. Mat. Labradors are messy. A lot. We started with Snug Pet Feeding Mat for Dog, but recently upgraded to Mr. Peanut’s Anti-Slip Multi-Purpose Tray & Pet Feeding Mat.
  4. Bedding. You want your puppy to feel comfortable, choose something that fits your budget BRINDLE Soft Memory Foam Dog Bed with Removable Washable Cover or OxGord Orthopedic Pet Bed Foam-Mattress for Dogs.
  5. Seat cover to keep your car clean as you will have to take your puppy to a vet or to some amazing trips AmazonBasics Waterproof Hammock Seat Cover for Pets.
  6. Toys, chews. Labradors are heavy chewers so it is a good idea to stock on some antlers Deer Antler Pieces and some other toys.


Books for additional information on puppy care and training. You should start training your puppy from the very first day they come to your home:

  1. The Happy Puppy Handbook: Your Definitive Guide to Puppy Care and Early Training.
  2. 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog.

Final Words

Create your own checklist from this new puppy supply list, and you will be sure that you are very well prepared for a new family member.

This is our yellow lab puppy Cheepsus on his first day at his new home.

Cheepsus on his first day at home