Beau eats slower than Lucy and sometimes slower than Abby. He learned his lesson when his tummy twisted. Now he eats very slowly - but he doesn't take food out of his bowl, because then Lucy thinks it's fair game. No matter how I've tried - none of my dogs will lay down to eat and they won't eat from elevated bowls either. Trust me I've tried - these chow hounds will literally walk away when the bowl is in the elevated stand. Lucy won't eat out of anything but stainless either - well unless it's my dishes.