Most dog owners claim they cannot refuse their pets some forbidden snacks once in a while. Unfortunately, a chaotic diet often leads to overweight and obesity problems, especially for senior dogs and certain breeds.
French bulldogs, as well as Siberian Huskies, Pugs, Dachshunds, and Labradors, are all prone to obesity, thus you need to pay close attention to their diets. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your dog’s weight under control or to help him or her lose a few pounds. Here are some of the most efficient methods.
Dogs owners can rarely resist the sad puppy eyes and easily give in to their dog’s requests for more food. But studies show that feeding your dog as much as 10 extra kibbles per day can help your pooch gain one pound by the end of the mouth. Thus, the easiest way to ensure your pet maintains a healthy weight is to measure its meals.
There are online resources that can help you easily calculate the exact number of calories your dog should be eating daily and after you figured that out, all you have to do is measure the food portions with a scoop.
Another easy tip is to eliminate foods that are rich in calories and low in nutrients and vitamins and switch to specific organic dog food for weight loss.
Choose only one person to deal with your dog’s daily diet
Living in a house with multiple owners can be confusing for your pet since all members have the tendency to feed the dog and offer it treats after training sessions.
To avoid this, we suggest picking just one member of the family that will be in charge of your dog’s diet and not allow the rest of the members to feed the pet, even on special occasions. This will keep all hands on the table at dinners and will teach your pooch not to beg for food anymore.
Feed regular meals
Most dog owners prefer to feed their dogs only once a day or, even worse, offering them an “all you can eat buffet” throughout the day. Needless to say that your dog will end up overeating and gaining weight regularly. Cut off this bad habit by teaching your pet to eat at regular hours, preferably three times a day.
Avoid snacks or replace them
Another reason why your dog is gaining weight is the number of snacks or treats he or she is rewarded. If you were used to offering your pet a sweet reward after each training session, you should stop doing that.
And, if eliminating treats is out of the question, you could at least replace them with healthier foods. You could opt for a fresh fruit or a veggie. Carrots, strawberries, bananas, watermelon or seedless apples are all great choices, sweet and low in calories.