Pet obesity has reached epidemic proportions. In 2018, an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were overweight or obese.
Keeping dogs in good health can be a challenge, with conflicting nutrition and weight loss advice and the fickle pet food trends populating the market. Here are five daily habits that can help dogs lose weight and gain fitness:
Feed Dogs Less
Overfeeding is not difficult even when following the recommendations on the dog food packaging. Unless dogs are trained for specialized work, a simple rule of thumb for weight loss is to give them less food rather than more.
A veterinarian can help come up with a meal plan that is suitable for the individual dog.
Measure Out Dog Meals
Use a measuring cup or scale to properly apportion your dog’s meals and keep track of his diet.
Skip Out on Dog Snacks and Treats
Dogs that need to lose weight can do without the extra calories in snacks and treats. A healthier alternative would be to reward them with fruits and veggies.
Be Self-Motivated for Dog Walks
Apart from being good exercise, walks allow your dog to explore the world outside of home.
Make time to take your dog out for walks. Keep yourself motivated by planning creative walking activities and investing in comfortable and durable shoes.
Engage Dogs in Interactive Play
Play establishes a close bond and good rapport between dog and owner. Indoor games such as nose work and puzzle toys provide mental stimulation and physical exercise.
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