We are the proud parents of a 16 week old GSD female. We got her at 8 weeks.
The breeder we got her from would feed them using a bowl and would give them a 30 minute "all you can eat" buffet. We've been cutting her food intake because she was a little chubby and we are trying to slow her growth now to try and prevent hip problems in the future. We read in a few studies that slowing down their food intake & growth in the first year can help reduce the chances of hip dysplasia slightly.
Anyhow, she's always hungry for her kibble. We use kibble for training and hand feed her for her 2 meals a day to make sure we have a good handle on her mouth/bite and our hands. The problem we're having is that she NEVER chews her kibble. She just swallows them whole! Every other day or so she'll cough and a whole piece of kibble will fly out of her mouth. It's the cutest thing but I just worry that if it were a big piece of food she could choke on it. Any suggestions on how we can get her to eat more slowly so she actually chews her food?