How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Your dog being overweight is more serious than you think.  It may be cute that your dog is chubby and loves nothing more than to eat.  And I know from my own experience that making your dog happy by giving treats is a wonderful feeling.  But being overweight or obese is just as dangerous for dogs as it is for humans.  It can cause numerous health problems and shorten the dog’s life.

If your dog is overweight, it’s up to you to learn how to help your dog lose weight so he can stay slim and healthy!  You owe it to your dog to make smart decisions for him.

How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Dog Obesity

Dog obesity is one of the fastest growing health issues for dogs today. In this article I’ll discuss how to determine the ideal weight for your dog, how to maintain an ideal weight, and how to help your dog lose weight if he’s too chubby.

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8 thoughts on “How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight”

  1. I agree that while chubby dogs look cute, it’s definitely not healthy or kind to let a dog become overweight!

    Thanks for the tips on how to tell if your dog is overweight. My dog is quite fluffy so she always kind of looks like a rectangle from my perspective, but I will be sure to feel along her chest for her ribs from time to time!

    This is great advice especially now as it’s getting colder, since my dog refuses to go for her regular walks at certain temperatures. I’ll have to be sure to take that into consideration!

  2. Very important post!

    A good portion of dogs I see here are obese and it’s *NOT* cute or *cuddly*. It’s downright dangerous for the animal and it stems from people’s inability to simply say no to their dog.

    They think that if they don’t leave food out 24/7, then they are being mean. Quite the opposite, letitng your dog gorge itself to death is cruel.

    I usually find dogs who are like this run the show in the home. They get and do whatever they want, whenever they want.

    Exercise is vital and it’s the lack of it that contributes to this as well. Smaller dogs should be walked, even for 15 minutes or so and larger breeds need longer more rigorous walks.

    Some people just want the dog for their own interests and don’t really care to study what’s best for the dog.

    1. I can tell this article made you as angry as I get when I see a grossly overweight dog (and children for that matter). It’s the owner (parent’s) responsibility to make healthy decisions FOR the dog (or child) – not letting them make decisions for themselves, which they clearly can’t do! My mini doxy would eat until she was too fat to move – literally – if I didn’t monitor her food intake. Thanks for the comments!

  3. Great article. Absolutely love the nightly cardio ritual!!! What a great way to have some play, interaction time and exercise. I bet all pups would love it. Obesity is a very serious problem for our pets. I like your ideas for treats and the reminder of portion size to activity levels. I think it’s so sad when active pups don’t get enough because Well meaning parents don’t think about their activities. Much needed insight and well written. Thank You.

    1. Thank you so much, Bri. Now…if I could just apply all the same stuff to myself and lose these 30 extra pounds! LOL 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed reading your article, and I must say, thank you for bring out such a under rated subject. People don’t realize the importance of their pets weight. Just like us humans, it’s very unhealthy and risky to put on so much weight, and we should all strive to keep our selves in shape! It’s no different for pets, they need to maintain their health as well, but it’s up to us to do so!

  5. You see videos all the time of overweight pets. You think to yourself how did he get so fat? Well obviously it’s the owners. I don’t know why they would do it to them.

    Maybe one reason is the treats that owners give them. As a reward for something. I like how you said you can give your dog a low calorie treat. That is certainly a good step to take for your dog to lose weight. I like how you list stuff like fruit and vegetables. Are there though any low calorie dog treats on the market?

    1. I tend to stay away from store-bought dog treats because so many of them have ingredients in them that just aren’t good. I think the best idea is baby carrots – I haven’t met a dog yet who doesn’t like those. And green beans – for some reason dogs love those! Some dogs like apple slices too. Just some little piece of whole, healthy food from the fridge is the best bet for treats, I think.

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