I know its about food, but it also is probably a behavior problem too.... I think? For the longest time, I couldn't figure out why kota would swallow her kibble instead of chew it. At first I thought maybe her mouth hurts as when we adopted her from the shelter, they said she needed dental work. (I adopted a rat terrier mix a long time ago who would only eat here n there until he had dental work and no problems after, but he was a picky eater) Then I switched her kibble slowly to a smaller size so she won't choke on her kibble. After dental surgery, it was soft kibble for a while. When we got the ok from doc for her to eat hard kibble we started giving her dried hard chicken as a treat. She chewed easily and did not show a hint of pain if she did, but when it came down to eating her kibble she'd swallow without chewing. For a while no one could be in the kitchen when she had food. She'd stare at me until I go sit down in the living room than she would eat. Thus I couldn't figure out why she would swallow her food.( if she caught me looking at her she'd stop and stare) Today, I was able to be in the kitchen and she allowed me to peek. It dawned on me. As I noticed she would pick up as much of the small kibble in her mouth as she could. Lift up her head and swallow. I counted how many swallows it took. 4 gulps before she looked at me and I turned my head away with my eyes looking at her and she went back down n did it again. (and it looked painful too) That being said am I right that she is a dog who is inhail her food. Because she chewed her hard chicken treat no problem. I went to the pet store and bought a kongs and a slow feeder bowl. I'm going to test the slow eater bowl and see if she will chew her kibble tomorrow morning and use her kong at her second feeding. Maybe fed her early than normal til she learns how to use the kong and them make it more difficult n engage. I will make a video if it will help so u can see what I'm talking, about... If she'll let me.