Have you ever tried to lose weight in dogs? It can be challenging to understand how your furry best friend is measuring up against weight in comparison to humans. After all, you know your dog best. Does he like fried foods or prefer pasta dishes? Does he struggle with binge eating or have a slow metabolism? You can take this quiz at home to find out more about your dog’s eating habits and lifestyle.
Make Eating A Social Activity
When you start losing weight, your dog will naturally follow. You can help by inviting your friends and family to join you in celebrating your new found freedom. This could be as simple as cooking a big breakfast and having some fun with it. If you and your dog enjoy each other’s company, then you’re more likely to both remain motivated throughout the process. You can also take this opportunity to educate your dog about nutrition and the benefits of a healthy diet. When dining together, you and your dog can work on developing better table manners. Being social is also beneficial to your mental health. Studies have shown that being around others who are also committed to healthy change helps to keep you motivated.
Reduce Food Dispensing
When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to understand how much you’re eating. If you’re regularly serving your dog smaller portions than what he’s used to, you may trigger an increase in appetite. One way to combat this is by cutting back on how often you serve your dog food or giving him the served weight in whole portions. Reducing food dispensing will also help to encourage your dog to take a break from eating while they’re out and about. If your dog is an active and healthy young dog, then he may not need the supplements and nutrients in food as much as an older dog or one who’s lost a lot of weight. Serving the recommended daily amount of food should still be part of your dog’s routine, but perhaps not as frequently as before. You can also try giving him a snack or serving a small meal just before he goes out, which may further reduce his appetites.
Pay Attention To Your Dog’s Body Language
Your dog’s body language can give you a lot of information about how they’re feeling. Watch for any signs of discomfort or unhappiness, and try to address these issues promptly. Happy and active dogs will almost certainly have healthier metabolisms than those who are less content and more likely to be found licking their lips or sleeping a lot. Make sure to pay attention to your dog when they’re around food. Do they eat slowly or do they seem to cram everything in their mouths? Do they appear happy or have do they appear agitated? Are they hiding food from you or are you regularly finding meals on the floor or hidden under furniture? Body language is key and it’s worth taking the time to learn how to interpret your dog’s actions and reactions. A healthy dog is an active, playful and relaxed dog who spends most of their time indoors in front of a TV or computer screen. While the above tips will help get you started, ultimately it’s up to you and your dog to work on changing their habits and taking dietary responsibility for their well-being.