Our experience is that most dogs will adjust to the constant availability of food within a few days and will only eat what they need. Occasionally you will run into a dog which will over eat and stay overweight if kept on an automatic feeder, but these dogs are the exception. Our experience is that most dogs will regulate their food intake and stay in excellent body condition on an automatic (gravity flow) feeder. We do not recommend automatic feeders for puppies, however, because we believe that the human contact associated with hand feeding is very important in the socialization of puppies.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 33700 Reviewed: 2018-10-18
Customer Review #34048
By: Christine Avery From ME
Very good construction and works well. Unfortunately too well for my beagle! He gained a lot of weight and now is on a diet. Portion control is not his forte and the feeder was completely empty in a couple of days. His nickname is now Tubby!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 34048 Reviewed: 2018-10-19
Customer Review #29968
By: JONI SCHNEIDER From GA
Family pet. I love it!! It's for great when we go out of town.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 29968 Reviewed: 2016-06-10
Customer Review #30045
By: Barbara Harrison From CA
The perfect size for smaller breeds.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 30045 Reviewed: 2016-06-14
"Well made, worked perfectly. "
By: Jeff II From MS
Family pet. Well made, worked perfectly. It only took a couple training sessions before my dog was using the feeder with no problems. He is an older dog, so if you're thinking you can't teach an old dog new feeding habits, don't be concerned; they will be able to use it in no time. Shipping and order process was a breeze; as expected from GDS. I would not hesitate to order again.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27041 Reviewed: 2016-02-05
"Great for my dog."
By: Russell Goodman From NC
Family pet. Great for my dog.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25663 Reviewed: 2015-12-19
"Pleased with the weight of the metal used for this unit."
By: Darrin Yoder From IN
Boxer. Family pet. Like the feeder, am new to the dog breeding business, will be ordering more. Pleased with the weight of the metal used for this unit.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25173 Reviewed: 2015-12-01
"My dog had a little trouble figuring out how to open the door, but he's got it now."
By: Cody Stelly From LA
Family pet. My dog had a little trouble figuring out how to open the door, but he's got it now.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 25054 Reviewed: 2015-11-25
By: Joseph Verner From
Hunts. Family pet. Works great.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23737 Reviewed: 2015-09-25
"Works like a charm."
By: Gary Berry From MS
Mtn Cur. Hunts. Works like a charm. Keeps food dry
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23794 Reviewed: 2015-09-28
By: David Schulte From AB
Family pet. It's great! Keeps the magpies away from the food. Thanks!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 20850 Reviewed: 2015-05-12
"food area is much cleaner with the feeder"
By: Kim Richard From OR
Bought two of these. One is still waiting for installation at the shop. The one at home is great. I bought it for our temporary rat problem and it helped keep them out of the dog food. In the past, we always kept food in the bowl, but couldn't do that with the rats around, so the poor dog was being rationed. The food area is much cleaner with the feeder, too, and it is at a better height for the dog. Our house dog was very shy to use it for awhile. We had to hold the door open for her at first, and bit by bit, she got used to it. I'm thinking the contraption went against her grain because she doesn't get into bags, cupboards, garbage, etc. Now that she knows the feeder is okay to get into, she has gotten to like it maybe as much as I. Now to get the shop dogs into their new feeder.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17700 Reviewed: 2015-01-14
"My dog learned how to use it immediately. I just hope she learns to moderate her intake!"
By: Elizabeth McDonnell From RI
Family pet. She just started eating from it yesterday. She learned how to use it immediately. I just hope she learns to moderate her intake!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11817 Reviewed: 2014-06-27
"Was a bit bent out of the box. Was able to bend it back."
By: Shael Trunk From CA
Family pet. Was a bit bent out of the box. Was able to bend it back.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 23638 Reviewed: 2015-09-19
"The feeders are well made"
By: Darlene Bice From TX
Family pet. My dogs seem to have reservations with the door. I guess they are afraid their head will get caught. I have only had the feeder a few days, so hopefully they will get accustomed to it soon. The feeders are well made, so I hope they will work out.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7720 Reviewed: 2014-01-27
Customer Review #31255
By: ANDRE EDMOND From GA
German shepherds. Family pet. I bought 2 of these feeders for my 2 German Shepherds and time i filled with food it took just one showing how to access the food and their off to running. This is a good quality made product and i would recommend it to any dog lover's.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 31255 Reviewed: 2016-08-23
Customer Review #31639
By: Michael Bullard From NC
Bull. Family pet. I should have got one sooner.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 31639 Reviewed: 2016-10-01
"I love it"
By: Marcellus Perkins Sr From CA
Family pet. The only problem is the door closes all the way. I had to teach my dogs that there was food there. Actually push his nose into it. After about 15 minutes, he got the hang of it. I love it though. The plastic feeder he had is all eaten up! They thought it was a toy! LOL
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7397 Reviewed: 2014-01-17
"It works good for a simple self feeder."
By: Joe Hays
Lab/Min Sch. Hunts. Family pet. It works good for a simple self feeder.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 4800 Reviewed: 2013-10-31
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Automatic "pest proof" dog feeder -- put feed in the top and your dog can open the door and eat when ever he wants! Features heavy 26 gauge galvanized steel construction (door and back are 24 gauge) for durability. Approx. dimensions are 12" X 11" X 16".
Food capacity is approximate, and varies depending on size of the kibble.
Being made of sheet metal, sometimes shipping causes the door to not hang properly. Usually, you can "adjust" the door some, if needed, by applying LIGHT pressure to the door to move (or bend) it slightly.
It is a good practice to "shim" the back of the feeder (or the back of the legs if you don't mount the feeder on a fence or wall) so that the feeder is tilting slightly forward. This lets gravity help the door stay closed.
Magnetic strips help keep door closed. These magnets are usually 1/4" or more up from the bottom of the door. You may have to slide the magnets down some so that they will help the door stay closed better. The door cannot seal tight (or have a very strong magnet) because your dog would have difficulty opening the door to eat if it did.
The feeder needs to be faced away from prevailing winds. Some use silicone to help reduce the risk of rain getting into the feeder. However, you need to the check the feeder frequently because food can mold just from being in a humid environment as well as by getting wet directly. We suggest that you do not fill the feeder with more than a few days food supply and that you check the food every few days.
This automatic feeder should last several years. However, although it is not designed for mounting, it will last longer if you mount it on a fence or wall so that the bottom is not touching the ground/concrete. You will need to drill a couple of holes in the top back and mount to a wall or fence with 1" (or longer) wood screws and washers. A backing board will be needed to mount it to a fence.
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