How to Build a Raised Dog Bowl Feeder

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How to Build a Raised Dog Bowl Feeder
As a dog ages, it may need a higher bowl. (Chris Amaral/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A raised dog bowl feeder elevates the dog's water and food dishes off the floor. This makes the bowls easier to access for larger or older dogs, which can prevent neck strain or injury. Raised bowls can also improve the dog's digestion and lessen the air they swallow with their food. Building a raised dog bowl feeder is a simple project that can lead to a healthier pet and a less messy feeding area.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 untapered, stainless steel dog food bowls with lipped rim
  • Measuring tape
  • Wooden crate
  • 4 furniture feet
  • Jigsaw
  • Coarse gravel

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  1. 1

    Purchase two regular dog food bowls of the same size that have a lipped rim. Measure the diameter of the bowls. Add 6 inches to this measurement. This is how long the crate needs to be. Add 4 inches to the measurement, and that is the necessary depth of the crate.

  2. 2

    Select a wooden crate with slats that are flush against each other. Turn the crate upside down and place four protective furniture feet on the bottom: one on each corner. These will protect your floors from scratches from the crate.

  3. 3

    Turn the crate upright and set it on a flat surface. Place the bowls on the top of the crate and trace around the bottom of the bowls with a pencil. Use a jigsaw to cut out the circles you traced. Pour coarse gravel into one of the holes until you fill the bottom 3 to 4 inches of the crate. The added weight will keep the dog from pushing the raised bowls around your room.

  4. 4

    Fill one bowl with dog food and one with water.

Tips and warnings

  • Seal the wood of the crate with wood sealer if your dog tends to chew on wooden objects.

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