Learn The 5 Secrets to a Successful Dog Diet
Dog Diet Tip 1
A positive and proactive approach will work wonders for your dog!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a positive and proactive approach to managing your dog’s weight. And this can be done by always keeping the end picture in mind and harnessing your love of your dog to be the drive to achieve your dog diet goal.
With your support and dedication your dog can be healthier, happier and more energetic. Canine weight loss should not be a chore. Instead view it as a bonding family activity and a cause for everyone to get behind! Let’s say goodbye to weight related health issues and hello to play and a life lived to the full. Your dog deserves it 🙂
Dog Diet Tip 2
Make sure everybody is on the same dog diet page!
Share your dog’s weight loss goal with everyone your dog comes into contact with and get them on board. Ensure you have complete backing from family, housemates, visitors and neighbours. It is no good if you are rigorously sticking to your dog’s weight loss goals and your good work is being undone by the feeding of secret treats on the side!
Dog Diet Tip 3
Measure and account for everything that your dog eats throughout the day.
To be in control of your dog’s weight you must be fully aware of precisely what they are eating. I’m stating the obvious I know! But feeding our dogs often becomes habit and as owners it is common to give extra tidbits and treats here and there without fully registering them. These extras rapidly contribute to your dog’s daily calorie intake.
Get into the habit of measuring out your dog’s food so you are in control of their calorie intake. Provide a treat allowance that comprises of no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake. And most importantly of all, remember to feed your dog according to their target healthy weight, not to their current weight.
Dog Diet Tip 4
Canine weight loss should be achieved mainly through calorie restriction (90% through calorie restriction and 10% through exercise)!
The importance of physical activity and outings for your dog should not be underestimated. Mental well-being, muscle toning, improved mobility, pet-owner bonding and calorie burn are just a few of the many benefits of regular daily activity for you and your dog.
However all too often I hear well-meaning owners say- “oh I’ll just ramp up the exercise” or “he just needs to go on some good runs”. Whoa- Please stop there! Suddenly increasing the exercise level of an overweight or obese dog can be dangerous resulting in serious injury and illness of your dog. Heat stroke, joint and ligament injuries are commonplace in such scenarios.
From day one, calorie restriction should be the primary focus for your dog. Exercise and activity levels on the other hand should increase gradually over the course of your dog’s weight loss program.
Start off with 2 x 10 minute lead walks per day and slowly build up to 2 x 30 sessions that incorporate aerobic activities such as swimming, hill walking, off lead play etc. Before you know it your dog will experience a compounding effect where improved stamina and increased activity levels will promote calorie burn and a faster rate of weight loss.
Dog Diet Tip 5
Treat dog weight loss as a team event – you and your dog!
Ensure your team enjoys itself and celebrates its successes! Know that every day’s effort you put in will be doing wonders for your dog. Your dedication will improve your dog’s well-being, reduce your dog’s risk of weight associated disease and increase your dog’s lifespan by up to 2 years!
Remember assisting your overweight dog is a gradual process so the results are not always immediate or obvious to the naked eye. Stay firm and true to your commitment even when you experience fleeting doubts. Incorporate regular weigh-ins and measurements to track your dog diet success.
Dogs are family and as owners we want to do our best by them. They deserve a life lived to the full – a life that is free of pain, illness or suffering. Our dogs give us so much- their companionship and unconditional love. And in return as their carers, it is our mission is to give back.
It is our mission to take charge and provide the healthy lifestyle and dog diet required for our furred friends to prosper and live exceptional lives.
Should you need help in managing your dog’s weight, our veterinary-led coaching program will guide and support you and your dog every step of the way towards achieving successful canine weight loss 🙂
Happy Doggy Dieting!
Dr Charlotte Williamson
(a.k.a The K9 Weight Doctor)