My Buster also inhales his food, though he hasn't spit up anything (I'm thinking the pieces are small enough). What I have been doing is adding a little bit of water to his food, which slows him down some, as well as getting him enough water during the day.
There are also special balls you can get at Petsmart that go right in the food dish, kind of a moveable obstacle in the way of the food that makes them slow down their eating b/c it's in the way. I've never used it, but heard it works.
Let us know what works for you though. Our newest pup, Cali, eats crazy fast too. She's never choked, but I'm sure it's not good for their tummy's to inhale their food the way she does.
"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car,
in case the need should arise for them to bark violently
at nothing right in your ear." - Dave Barry
One thing that's worked for me before is spreading the food out on a really large cookie sheet. Rocky still manages to eat fast, but not as fast! Some dogs are prone to eating fast, no matter what their weight. I also add water to Rocky's food, mainly because it's grainless. The water doesn't slow him down in the least. Congrats on you new puppy! He may be sluggish because he's unsure of his new environment. Your vet will be able to give you better information.
I've seen dog bowls that have divider things in them so that the dog cant eat so fast. My boxer Angel would do that sometimes and I would keep and eye on her if she did I'd say wait softly and normally she would stop and look at me and wag her tail and it gave her a second to breathe! So far Bella is eating well
-Sonja (Bella's mom)
Rocky also inhales his food. To combat this problem, I put his food in a flat-bottomed large storage container, so he has to work at getting each piece of food, due to the food being spread out more. he still eats fast, but it's better than it was. The container is square-shaped, so Rocky has to work at getting the kibble out of the corners, further slowing him down.
I know that feeding in a stainless steel bowl or a ceramic bowl is better, but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do! I just make sure to wash the container out carefully.
We all know fast eating is really harmful for us. Its a bed habit. Slow eating rate doesn't have any negative effects on your health, Eating slowly gradually reduces the appetite from the time you begin to eat.
Here some harmful effect of fast eating:-
and The high levels of sugar and fat in many fast foods will keep patrons coming back for more
I raise AKC Boston Terriers and as a breeder, I find that science diet is great for their dietary needs. They make an adult small byte and also a puppy small byte. But, there is a dietary supplement that I swear by. It is called the Missing Link by designing health inc. I have had puppies shipped that stress out and loose weight or dehydrate and I find if I use this dietary supplement, it brings them right back to normal quickly. I also give it (a teaspoon in their food) to my bitches before, during and after whelping. It works great. Usually can find it at any vet place.
here in mexico i saw a "bowl" the other day that was almost like a game, different places and sliders that the dog had to move to get into the food... not sure if my boston would get his nose into that but i thought it would be a good idea, we got one of those go-slow bowls but although it has slowed him down, not much. I had my bostons kibble in one of those big round plates that opened on a timer 3 times per day... the boston, at 4months old worked out that by lifting the plastic lid that surround the timer and stepping on it, the bowl would rotate and feed him again..... so that didnt work so well!