How to Lose Weight With Your Dog

Most of us love our dogs, they add a soft, cuddly charm to our day that is impossible to resist. Unfortunately, our four-legged friends are not built the same way we are and it’s a fact that they cannot help but pile on the pounds. 

Fortunately, there are still ways you can keep your dog’s weight in check. You will need to change a few of their eating habits and provide them with an activity regime that will get their muscles burning. Once you’ve done that, it won’t be long before they are back to their lean, mean fighting machine status and you can enjoy regular lazy days with your best friend again.

Limit The Amount Of Junk Food

It’s important to keep your dog’s weight in check, but you must also make sure that they are healthy and that means limiting the amount of junk food they eat. Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious alternatives to junk food that are great for dogs, so there’s no need to deprive them of the flavors they enjoy.

Also, you should not offer these foods to your dog on a regular basis, sometimes these tasty morsels are just what your dog needs to keep their energy up during certain times of day when they are more active or busy. But regularly giving your dog junk food will certainly put on the pounds. Additionally, you should not give them large portions either, if you want to keep their weight down it is best to give them a small bite or two when they are very hungry or if they have just finished eating.

Exercise More

Keeping your dog’s weight in check is all about having them burn calories. Not only does regular exercise help regulate your dog’s appetite and boost their mood, it also keeps their muscles toned and flexible so that their joints do not become stiff as they get older.

An active dog lives a longer and happier life than one that is sedentary, so it is in your best interest to get moving! You can gently encourage them to walk or run around the neighborhood with you, or take them on long country walks. If you live somewhere with cold weather, take them inside for some heated up dog walking so that they can stay active all year round. No matter what kind of activity you choose, make sure that your dog enjoys themselves and feels like they are contributing to the health of their body and mind. Keep in mind that too much activity can cause your dog to put on more weight, so make sure that they have the energy to move around with ease even when they are not working out. Also, make sure to remove the dog food off of the runway when they have eaten, you don’t want them to become overly filled with food the next time they see it.

Your dog needs to eat according to their body type, some need to eat more than others. If you want to know how much your dog needs, look at the tags that come with their collar and see what size fits them best. If you want to know how much weight to give them, follow the instructions on the package.

Changes To Their Diet

Once you’ve limited the amount of junk food that your dog eats and they have begun to shed off those extra pounds, it’s time for you to make some serious changes to their diet. For some dogs, a change of diet can cause their body to temporarily go through a starvation mode where they lose a little bit of their weight, but once they get over it they begin to put the pounds back on. This is why it is crucial that you make the right changes and ensure that you choose foods that will suit their digestive system and help them maintain their current weight. 

Your dog must be able to digest certain foods and enjoy the nutrients they contain, if you change their diet without considering all of this then you could find yourself causing them health problems. If you want to change their diet for the better, it is recommended that you go for organic and sustainable options whenever possible as they are usually fresher and higher-quality. Also, try to choose natural foods that contain more fiber so that your dog does not develop digestive problems down the line. Some dogs are allergic to certain foods and if you change their diet without knowing it, it could become a serious issue if you are not careful. Talk to your vet about any concerns you may have regarding your dog’s diet and whether or not it is suitable for their specific health needs. For example, some dogs cannot eat gluten so if you are giving them gluten-containing foods or snacks then you should test for gluten sensitivity before you make any changes to their diet. Similarly, some dogs are allergic to dairy products so if you are feeding them any sort of food containing dairy products then you should test for these allergies before you make any changes to their diet. Allergies and sensitivities are a common cause of weight gain in dogs and it is crucial that you take the time to find out what exactly is wrong with your dog and how you can help them achieve their ideal weight. The information above should provide you with a good idea of how to do this. If you are still having trouble then do not hesitate to ask your vet for help, they are usually very well-versed in canine nutrition and they will likely have advice for you.

Activity Routine

Apart from what you feed them and how you exercise them, there are other things you can do to keep their weight in check. For instance, you can keep them on a routine that involves walking and climbing stairs. This helps increase their activity levels and burns calories, the two things you need for a healthy lifestyle. If you walk with your dog regularly, you can also increase their stamina so that they do not suffer from fatigue even when they are older. Dogs that are not active enough will certainly put on the pounds and you do not want to end up with a couch potato, do you?

Your dog must be able to walk without becoming exhausted, otherwise, it’s time for you to sit down with them and have a chat. Even if you want to change their lifestyle and become more active yourself, you must remember that they are older than they look and it’s all about maintaining their energy levels. If you take them out for walks and they seem like they are enjoying themselves but afterward they are all exhausted, it’s time to call it a day and let them rest.

You should work with your vet to establish a routine that is suitable for your dog. Some vets may recommend taking them for walks or running around the neighborhood with them each day while others may prefer that you limit these activities so that their joints do not suffer. It is a good idea to follow what your vet advises as this will likely be what is best for your dog’s age and health. You should certainly listen to what they have to say though you know its your dog and what is best for them. If you want to give your dog some extra exercise, take them on long walks or runs outdoors, this will increase their stamina and get their heart rate up while burning off some extra calories. Also, take them up the stairs to increase their activity levels, this will certainly make them feel like they have accomplished something even if this is just their routine day. You should certainly give your dog these workouts regardless of whether or not they want to shed off the pounds, this is important for their health and well-being.

Monitoring Changes

Once you’ve changed your dog’s diet and begun to see the results of all that hard work, its time to take a step back and begin to monitor any changes. You can do this by regularly weighing them and measuring their waistline. If you are happy with the results then great, but if you are seeing that their weight is still on the rise then it’s time to make some more dietary changes or switch to a different exercise routine. This is important so that you do not overdo anything and cause your dog further health problems. As you’ve seen above, this can be very easy to do and the results can be far-reaching. If you are keeping track of your dog’s weight and feeling that they are not gaining the weight that you’re hoping for then it’s time to make some changes to get the results that you want. 

Make sure to take your dog’s temperature before you start examining their waistline, this will provide you with a good idea of whether or not they are in a good place health-wise and it will also help you determine what changes you need to make. Additionally, you can measure their paw pad thickness to see how well their nails are growing, if they’re not gaining any nails at all then it’s time to make some changes so that they can have better traction when climbing walls or walking on icy surfaces.