|Barked: Wed Apr 9, '08 9:18am PST |
|I've seen tons of people do this with their puppies, particularly as weaning starts. We did it for lil Fynny when we first brought him home but stopped about a month ago when he started sneaking non-softened pieces of Cooper's kibble. It only takes about 5 minutes for kibble to soften with warm water though not an hour! To slowly wean them off of it otherwise if it's something you don't want to continue and pup is not keen on crunchy kibble right off the bat, simply add the water but set it down sooner and sooner. So start with softening for 5 minutes, then after a few days only wait 4 minutes, then after a few days only wait 3 minutes and so on. The kibble will soften less as you decrease the time so it'll be a gradual change and they'll be more accepting to it.
On a side note we still do it with our lab Trigger (3 years old) as he literally inhales his food. Adding the water prevents choking and aids in digestion - he literally doesn't even chew it otherwise. It's also a good idea for dogs that would otherwise tend to stuff themselves and then drink a lot of water as the kibble would then expand in the belly instead of in the bowl and could cause upset.
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