A dog feeding station can make life easier both for you and for your dog. Most dog feeding stations elevate the bowls off the floor, meaning that your dog doesn't have to crane his neck to get to the food. This may mean that your dog makes less of a mess as he eats and drinks. Some stations have drawers for storing extra food, and others allow you to feed your dog automatically with a timer. Choosing the right dog feeding station takes a little measurement and planning. Taking these extra steps before you buy will ensure that you choose the right station, both for you and for your dog.
Begin by measuring your dog's height from the floor to his muzzle. The station you choose shouldn't be so high that your dog can't easily get to the bowl or so low that he must crouch. Ideally, bring your dog with you as you shop, and watch him bend to the bowl. He should have a slight dip down to the bowl, but his neck should remain nearly level. If your dog is still growing, consider purchasing a dog feeding station that is adjustable. You can then move the bowl up to meet the pup's mouth as he grows.
Moving onto bowl choices: If your dog has a long muzzle or long ears, the bowls in the station should be deep. Choose shallow bowls for dogs with wide, short muzzles and short ears. Plastic bowls are inexpensive, but heavy chewers may frequently destroy the bowls, meaning you'll have to replace them often. Stainless steel bowls are light and tough to destroy, but they may be slightly more expensive. If your dog is particularly messy while he eats or drinks, look for feeding stations with splash and spill guards for extra convenience.