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Review: AiKiou Interactive Slow Feeders

Copy: Sarah Dickerson

Photography: Sarah Dickerson | Chic Sprinkles

Does your dog tend to woof their meals down very quickly? You serve them their food and in 2 seconds it’s gone and they are looking up at you with ‘those eyes’ like you didn’t give them any food at all. Or maybe your dog gets super bored during the day and you are always on the lookout for something new to keep them entertained. We’ll you’re not alone!

The cool people at Aikiou (pronounced IQ) have come up with the ultimate solution for both of your dilemmas – Interactive Slow Feeders! These dog bowls are specifically designed to slow down your dogs intake of food while challenging them with a fun activity at the same time.

To test them out we brought in the perfect canine for the job, Coco’s fur-cousin, Lucy. She is probably one of the sweetest, fraidy cat dogs who is always down for treats and dinner. However, she eats her meals SO quickly that she thinks she barely had anything, causing her to always be hungry. Then she gives you that face. You know the one. It’s like she is little Rolly from 101 Dalmatians, saying this.

To be honest I didn’t have all the confidence in the world that she would be able to figure out the compartments and interact with the feeder. I love Lucy, but she’s not the bravest dog in the world (even more reason to love her). I couldn’t have been more wrong, and the results were fantastic!

 

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How It Works

Everybody knows that dogs like to dig in the yard because it’s fun. They like searching for food and that’s exactly what this feeder is about. With it’s rotating top and 6 compartments with treat blockers (14 total for the Large Slow Feeder) they will have fun while staying healthy.

 

THINK   >>   PLAY   >>   FIND   >>   EAT   >>   RELAX

 

THE JR. SLOW FEEDER

With the AiKiou Junior slow feeder, dogs will use their sense of smell to find food. With this bowl, they experience their true nature. By using their nose and paws to turn the central wheel and move the blockers they will gain access to their meal. It is a fun puzzle that challenges them to think, while controlling ingestion speed and reducing the risk of bloating and weight gain.

The Jr. Slow Feeder is small and compact, but can hold up to 1 full cup of food, making it perfect for smaller dogs.

 

THE SLOW FEEDER (Large)

Similar to the Jr., but with additional compartments! Shaped like a dog paw, the Slow Feeder not only has a main central wheel, it also has adjustable toe caps that bring a whole new meaning to treat time. These toe caps can be moved both forward and backward to reveal hidden treats. They are a little more challenging to move than the central wheel, making treats the ultimate prize when conquering the toe caps. It’s like they have taken a video game and made it into a dog bowl!

The Slow Feeder can hold up to 3 full cups of food, making it suitable for both large and small dogs. With its curved design, it reduces the chances of larger dogs being able to grab, pick up the unit, or chew it.

 

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A Solution for a Growing Problem

In the last few years, canine obesity has become an issue. Solving this problem is one of AiKiou’s main goals. Unfortunately, we have forgotten that dogs have natural needs, food search being one of them. Using an interactive dog feeder can enhance your dog’s life by encouraging them to search for food. This will greatly lower the speed of ingestion and help lower weight and reduce anxiety. This is also a positive activity that helps with self esteem and helps your dogs rediscover his true nature by hunting and searching for his meal.

 

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Results + What We loved

  • Your dog doesn’t have to be a genius to use it = Positive self esteem. Lucy has always been the shy, backwards, somewhat slow, faidy cat of the family. I’ll admit, I had my doubts that Lucy would be able to figure it out. But she did, and with flying colors might I add! It encouraged her to come out of her shell – she was pretty proud of herself. I loved witnessing that achievement. It was just what she needed!
  • It’s a mind challenging puzzle. It promotes a healthy interactive activity by encouraging them to figure out a puzzle in order to gain access to their food. Lucy was 100% on board with figuring out the puzzle and moving around the compartments to reveal the food. She was thoroughly entertained. Win!
  • Slows down ingestion speed to prevent the risk bloating & weight gain. Lucy eats fast and as a result, she is always hungry and easily gains weight. With the Slow Feeder, her intake of food is much slower and she actually feels full when she is done.
  • It makes treat time even more fun. Dog’s like variety just as much as we do. Experiencing this new way of eating and actually playing to get to their meal will add some fun to their day.
  • Practical. Both slow feeders have enough space to hold a full meal for your dog.
  • BPA Free Plastic, hooray!
  • Easy to assemble, disassemble, fill, and clean. With the removable lid, these slow feeders are a breeze to both fill and clean. Who doesn’t love easy?
  • Color options & sizing.  Aikiou’s line of feeders come in two sizes and variety of colors to fit your dog’s personality.

Best For

  • Dogs who are fast eaters.
  • Dogs who are easily bored.
  • Dogs who tend to bloat or have weight issues.
  • Dogs with low self esteem.
  • Dogs who crave variety.

Click To Buy

To purchase an Interactive Slow Feeder for your best fur-friend, visit the AiKiou website.

 

AUTHOR: Sarah is a designer, photographer, health & animal advocate, wife, and devoted mom (humble servant) to her loving Shih Tzu, Coco Bean. To see more of her work, visit her website and blog, Chic Sprinkles.

Copy: Sarah Dickerson

Photography: Sarah Dickerson | Chic Sprinkles

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8 responses to “Review: AiKiou Interactive Slow Feeders”

  1. Chris Baumann says:

    I think these are really great…and would be great for my dogs, except that I feed them raw, and this doesn’t really work with raw food! Any suggestions?

    • Serena Faber Nelson says:

      Hi Chris,
      I would suggest trying one of the open top slow feeder dog bowls. There are a number of products available. If you search for ‘slow feed dog bowls’ you can choose which ones would work the best for the food you’re feeding. Cheers!

    • First and upfront, I am one of AIKious owners with my wife who started the company. We do use raw food for our own dogs and use the AiKiou and Junior as feeders. Though I would not recommend in the Stimulo for cats, there are no problems and these feeders are even recommended by some raw food manufacturers like Faim Museau.

      Thanks and by the way, one of the best review I saw so far.

      Sincerely yours,

      Alexandre Tremblay

  2. Vicci says:

    I love Lucy!!! Sarah you amaze me at your creative writing. This is clearly a product that has concise and informative review. I think a lot of doggies are going to benefit getting this product!

  3. Amy says:

    I won an Aikiou Interactive Slow Feeder in the Junior size for my dog (http://bit.ly/Aikiou-bowl-review).

    I probably wouldn’t have bought one myself, which is stupid because they are great! My pug likes to woof his food down so we use things to slow his eating.

    We’ve got a No-Gulp bowl, the Aikiou feeder and also a Buster Cube that he has to roll around the floor to get his kibble out.

  4. Hi

    We’d really like to use your photography for a piece I am putting together for The Sunday Telegraph. If we wrote a credit on your shot could we use one?

    Many thanks

    Holly

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