Does Your Dog Need To Go On A Diet?
There are many risks that your dog will face if he is overweight. If you continue to allow him to eat as he is now, you are increasing his risk of life-threatening diseases like diabetes and developing painful conditions like arthritis. If you do not put your dog on a proper diet, you are choosing to let him live a less than full life.
Unfortunately, statistics show that roughly 40% of American pets are overweight. They are not far behind their human counterparts, Americans in general measure in at just over 60% overweight. When it comes to your pet's weight, you are the only one in control. You must resist the temptation to over feed your dog no matter how much he will try to get you to five in.
If you dog is overweight, lets just call it fat, it means it's eating too much! There is no reason for a dog to be overweight unless it has an illness. Take your dog to the vet and have him checked out for heart,thyroid or other disorders that could be causing his weight gain. Be honest with the vet and tell him exactly how much, and how often and what type of food you feed your dog, including treats, and how much exercise he gets.
DON'T MAKE EXCUSES
Are you giving your dog rewards for negative behaviors? Things like: He won't go to bed until he gets his special treat, is something that you have taught him. You might think that it's cute, but all you've done is teach him bad manners. Now he knows that if he makes a fuss, he'll get a treat.
The excuse that your dog just won't eat dog food, is just as dumb. Just because they like table scraps better than healthy dog food, doesn't mean that's all he should get. You are the one in charges. If you don't give him human good, he'll eat his dog food. This time you're rewarding him for bad behavior with food that is ultimately dangerous for him. It is not up to your dog what he will eat. Give him high quality and nutritious food and treats, and save the table scraps for a rare treat.
GET WITH A PROGRAM
To start out ensure the food you feed him is nutritious. Check the ingredients, the first ingredients listed on a bag of kibble should be meat or meat byproducts, not grains or corn or rice.
Record your dog's present weight and date and then start reducing his present intake of food by 1/3rd. This includes treats and snacks. Do not give in to any begging or whining. You are doing nothing to harm him and in time he will learn that begging won't work. After two weeks, weigh in again.
If at the end of the first two weeks he has lost a bit of weight, then you should stick to this diet. If no weight has been lost, check to make sure he's not getting food from a source that you don't know about, then reduce his food intake by another 1/3rd. You are not going to starve him!
Even though there are some "diet" dog foods on the market, I would avoid them as they are usually high in carbohydrates which can produce extra insulin.
Instead of showing your dog how much you love him through food, choose better, more healthy ways to bond. Get more exercise. Both of you will benefit from going on extra walks and playing games rather than sitting at home and eating. There are plenty of healthy dog foods on the market that will taste great for your dog. You certainly never have to worry that your dog is missing out on anything just because he's not eating table scraps. In the end, both you and your dog are going to benefit from living a healthier life style.