We firmly believe that dogs shouldn't eat food out of a dog bowl. Training revolves around the concept that your dog needs to "earn the food". In our house, we never just "feed our dog". Food time is training time, and we'll spend 5-10 minutes training during meal-time using their food as the reward. however, we don't alway have the time to train, so we use various dispensing dog toys like these ones. Although we aren't training, our dog still needs to figure out how to get the food out and she learn that she must earn the dog food through "work".