With summer just around the corner, everyone is doing their best to get in shape and achieve those “beach bodies” they’ve always dreamt of. It’s also the perfect time to start exercising with your pet and help it get rid of those extra pounds gained over the winter.
However, getting your dog in shape is not always an easy task, especially since there are many temptations along the way or simply because your dog is lazy. Luckily, there are a few methods to build up strength and help your pooch lose some weight.
Feed your dog multiple times a day
Feeding your dog just one large meal per day may be the number one reason why it’s gaining weight instead of losing it. Instead, try to adopt a more balanced eating plan, based on at least three smaller meals served around the same time each day.
Discipline is the key to success and you will see results after just a few days. Moreover, your dog will have more energy and will be ready to pick up new outdoor activities.
As for the food, try buying organic dog food for weight loss with natural and premium-quality ingredients. The food should be low in calories but high in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and natural antioxidants.
You can also combine commercial dog food with raw homemade recipes that include a reliable source of animal protein (preferably chicken, beef, lamb or turkey) complete with edible bones, vegetables, fruits, eggs, and fish products.
Skip on extra treats
Another reason why your dog is not losing weight is that you give it too many treats. Sure, treats are perfect for training activities but you should make your dog earn them. Forget all about sad puppy eyes and try to impose a strict diet. Give up on sweets and processed foods and replace all these treats with organic and natural foods instead.
Fresh fruits and veggies are a reliable source of vitamins and minerals and are extremely low in calories. Thus, you can replace your dog’s regular sweet treats with seedless apples and watermelons, pumpkin, strawberries, bananas, sugar snap peas or carrots.
Increase exercising time
The most efficient way to help your dog lose weight is to determine it to be more active. However, you need to take into account the dog’s age and breed, as well as the temperatures outside. Puppies and young adults are the best candidates to lose weight while senior dogs will first require a visit to the vet.
And, if your dog is lazy, you should start with longer walks. Take your dog out at least twice a day and let it run or move at its own pace. You can also enjoy a little game of fetch.
Lastly, set realistic goals instead of having your dog lose 5 pounds per month. We suggest you talk to a veterinarian first and establish a strict diet combined with at least one hour of physical activity per day.