Making Elevated Dog Dishes

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It can be healthier for many dogs to raise the level of their food dishes. This page is about making elevated dog dishes.


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We just got a Great Dane pup. He is growing quite quickly, and we need to keep his food and water elevated to help with digestion. Those dog bowl holders are quite expensive. So I saw a sale on shoe shelves for $3.99, and thought that was perfect since you can add levels as dog grows. I hope this helps anyone with a large dog to feed.

By Donna from Foymount, Ontario

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I have always had large dogs, Great Danes, St. Bernards, Great Pyrenees, etc. Many years ago, my husband made each pet a table that was best suited to the height of the animal. He put cross pieces on the bottom so there would be no tipping and cut holes in the top to fit the size of the dish. There is also a shelf on a lower level for storing treats, blankets, etc. My pets have always enjoyed eating from their table(s) and I found it less messy.


By Willi from Calgary, AB, Canada

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Shauna Smith Duty
July 5, 2005

There's nothing worse than a spoiled puppy, but it sure is fun to cater to our faithful friends. Though a raised dog dish seems silly, it actually provides an eating area for dogs that is easy to clean.

What you'll need:


Depending on the size of your dog, modify the dimensions of this project accordingly.

  1. Cut two squares measuring 10"x10" from MDF board.
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  3. Measure your stainless steel food and water dishes, add the measurements, then add an additional 4-6".
  4. Cut a rectangle that is 10" tall and your above determined measurement wide.
  5. Cut a support board the length of your top board, minus 1", and 10" wide.
  6. Lay the dog dishes upside down on the larger MDF board section, spaced as you want them to be in the finished project. Trace the dishes in pencil. Measure the lip of the dishes, and double the number. With a jigsaw, cut the inside of the traced circles out, subtracting the doubled lip measurement from the entire radius. This will allow the dishes to fit nicely into the holes.
  7. As in the photograph, attach the square pieces of MDF board to the bottom of the larger board, with screws. Insert your dishes, and then place the support bar beneath the dishes. Mark the location with a pencil. Attach the support bar with screws.
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  9. Sand the entire piece, then cover the screw heads with putty.
  10. Apply paint and varnish. Let the finished project dry for at least 24 hours before use.

Just beware of dog. Before you know it, Fido may want to be served breakfast in bed.

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August 4, 2011

Because a Greyhound finds it difficult to reach to the ground for food, water, etc., place his water and feeding bowl on a bucket so he does not have to struggle. They appreciate this especially when they are reaching the 'winter of their years'.

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My dog needed a raised food dish. I just couldn't part with the big bucks to buy one, so I made one instead. I took a good sized Rubbermaid container and flipped it over. Then traced the bottoms of two bowls and cut out the holes with an X-acto knife. Now I have a nice sturdy raised feeder.


The best part is that it didn't cost us anything, since we had this stuff laying around. It could easily be adapted to larger dogs using bigger containers or smaller dogs. I also have lids for the bowls since I limit my dog's water intake after dinnertime.

By Jennifer Sharp from LaGrange, KY

Raised Dog Dish Using Rubbermaid Container

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October 5, 2010

After removing the small double cabinet above the refrigerator (because the refrigerator would not fit), I used the cabinet to make an elevated dog feeder for our two dogs.


First I attached rubber feet on the bottom so that it would not move and would not scratch my wood floors.

Next, I cut two holes in the top to place the bowls. It is a terrific feeder, plus there is storage room below. You could look for unfinished cabinet or used one at flea market if you are not as lucky as I.


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