Today we’re going to show you how to make your dog lose weight. I’m here to help you keep your Harry Hound happy and healthy and on this blog we talk about dog care, dog training, and anything to do with your dogs. So, if you’re new here please think about sharing my blog on your social media accounts.
Let’s get into the topic for today. So, the first tip that I’m going to share with you today to help your dog lose weight is to stop all chews and all biscuits. Take them out of their diet completely. If you’re not tipping or orbiting your dog, then it might be getting too much food in that bowl then just reduce the amount of food that you’re giving your dog. If you still want to give your dog treats and chews then that’s fine but make sure you take it out of their meals at the beginning and at the end of the day. It is difficult to stop all chews and treats if you are already really used to giving it to them but honestly this is the best thing to stop their weight from going up.
To stop them from gaining weight, you’ve got to think that they could get back problems, joint problems, or heart problems and it’s going to cost you more money in the long run if you don’t get their weight down. The second tip that I recommend is that you reduce their meal sizes. My dog Woody was originally on about 80 grams a day. This is quite a lot for a little dog and obviously too much. It could have been 75 grams but I can’t quite remember. Woody is now on 55 grams a day and that is a dramatic loss but I do recommend that you go and talk to your vet about how much you should reduce in their meal sizes because every dog is different. Some dogs may need to lose weight a lot quicker while some dogs may need to lose it a lot slower. Because Woody is such a small dog, he does need to lose it a lot slower so we aim to lose about 100 grams per week. We’re quite on point for our target weight for Woody at the moment and we’re really pleased with his progress. So yes, reduce your meal sizes for your dog.
My third tip is to weigh your dog all the time. We weigh Woody at our local pet store – before we go to the vet during the week so we know if he’s on target and to know if we’re giving him maybe a little bit too much food or if he’s gained weight for whatever reason. There could be other reasons as well why your dog is not losing weight or why he has gained weight. It could be a health problem so I do recommend that you do go and talk to your vet. This is very important to do so you can discuss the right kind of way that you need to do to help your dog lose that weight.
Tip number four is weigh out your dog’s food. We used to have a measuring jug that would weigh Woody’s food already but because he was gaining so much weight, we never knew exactly how much he was getting. So, now we have weighing scales that actually show us that he is getting 55 grams for the whole day so that’s 30 grams in the morning and 25 grams in the evening. We have very small weighing scales that I use for all of our dogs and we weigh out all their foods and we know exactly how much they are getting. If we give them treats or chews during the day, we know how much to take out the next time.
The final thing that you might do is have a graph book for your dogs. This is so good to have because it can keep you track of where they’ve lost their weight and it also makes you realize that actually you’re doing a really good thing for your dogs. Originally, Woody was at 7.2 kilograms and now we can see that he’s actually gone down quite a bit so we’re pleased with this. We also know that he is on his way to a better and healthier life for his body at his age. We’re really pleased with his progress and that book shows us how far he’s come. Plus, it makes us realize why we are doing this.