4 tips to put your dog on a diet
If you're like me, you love your dog. And if you're like me, your dog isn't always the picture of health. In fact, it seems like every day I'm reading another article about how dogs are getting fat and the owners don't know what to do about it. I've got good news for you: This is an issue that we can solve together! With these four tips from a veterinarian (and someone who's been there), we can get our pets back on track to a healthy lifestyle so they can enjoy their golden years with us as much as possible.
Switch to a healthy diet
- Change your dog's diet.
We all love our fur babies, but it’s important to remember that dogs are not people and don't eat like us. Dogs have shorter digestive tracts and tend to be more sensitive than humans when it comes to ingredients in foods - so if you feed your dog a lot of processed treats or food from the grocery store, chances are they won't feel great after eating them! Instead, choose a high-quality commercial or homemade diet for your pup. If you aren't sure where to start, ask the vet for recommendations on brands that fit what your local pet store carries (or even better yet - talk directly with the manufacturer).
Ask your vet for advice.
When it comes to putting your dog on a diet, the first step is to talk to your vet. Your vet can help you choose the right diet for your dog and the right amount of food that's healthy for him or her—and they can also recommend an exercise routine that will help keep them slim.
The next step is getting into a routine. Plan out every meal and snack before leaving home, then pack them in airtight containers so they're easy to transport and ready-to-eat whenever you need them. If you don't have time for this ahead of time, make sure there's something quick and easy available in case hunger strikes unexpectedly (like when the weather's nice enough for some outdoor fun).
Create an exercise routine with your dog
Exercise is an important part of any diet, and it’s even more important for your dog. If you want to put your dog on a diet, they need to exercise regularly. A good rule of thumb is that you should walk your dog at least twice a day for half an hour each time. This will help keep them healthy and fit while also helping them burn off extra calories.
While many people think that just walking their dogs is all the exercise they need, there are other things you can do with them as well to help improve their health and fitness levels further:
- Swimming – Many dogs love swimming in lakes or pools! You may want to use some kind of doggie life vest if this isn't something they've done before though so you don't have any accidents or injuries happen during practice sessions together.* Agility training – Playing games like fetch or frisbee can be great ways for both owner and pet alike! It's also important not only because it involves physical activity but because these types of activities help strengthen bonds between owners too.* Obedience training – While not every owner wants their pet acting out against commands (such as running away), obedience classes are still helpful as they teach both humans how best how use appropriate commands while teaching dogs which words mean something different than what they might think when hearing them spoken aloud repeatedly throughout each session
Keep track of your dog's progress.
While it's important to keep track of your dog's progress and make changes if needed, it's also good to reward your pup for good behavior. If you notice that your dog is losing weight slowly but steadily, treat him or her with a healthy snack every time the scale drops by half a pound (or whatever increment you decide on). This way, the goal is clear: keep going!
Dogs need as much help as humans when it comes to losing weight!
Just as humans can become overweight and obese, so can dogs. The problem of obesity in our canine friends is on the rise, but there are ways to stop it before it starts. And if it has already started, there are steps you can take to get your pooch back in shape.
- Dogs often get fat because their owners overfeed them (often unintentionally). If your dog is eating more than he should be or if he's begging for food every time you sit down at the dinner table, then it's possible that he's getting too much food overall. Watch how much kibble goes into his bowl each day and try cutting back by a fraction of an ounce per serving.
- Your furry friend could also be overweight because he doesn't get enough exercise. If this sounds like your pooch—you're not surprised!—try keeping him active with walks around the neighborhood or playdates with other dogs in his social circle whenever possible.*
- Just like humans who are obese due to lack of activity rather than overeating, some dogs are just not very active by nature and may struggle with weight issues no matter what kind of diet they follow.*
- Finally: A medical condition may be causing your pup’s excess pounds! Speak with a veterinarian about what might be going on with yours; there may be something simple that requires treatment (such as diabetes) or something more serious requiring surgery ((such as an enlarged thyroid gland).
Hopefully, these tips will help you get started on the right path. If you follow them consistently and diligently, there’s no reason why your dog shouldn’t be able to shed those extra pounds in no time!