Just like humans, different dogs need different diets to help them lose weight. Your dog could be overweight for a few reasons – so you’ll need to make lifestyle changes according to what helps your dog the most. There tend to be four different types of dog – which is yours?
The best dog diet to lose weight comes down to their foodie personality; is your dog a Sneaky Snacker, a Picky Pooch, and Ever-Hungry Hound, or a Rewarded Rover? Find out below…
Profile: The counter-surfing, bin-buffet-loving, snack-seeking missile in canine form. These are the dogs who will do anything for a little extra, hoover up anything you (or your little ones) drop, and scour the park for lost chips!
Control your dog’s diet and change your habits, too – no more cheeky chips or dropped biscuits!
Be super-vigilant about the extra snacks that they sneak.
Keep your bin in a cupboard or out of reach to avoid any bin-diving.
Keep your dog in another room while the kids eat to avoid any dropped food or sneaky treats from the table.
Look out for what they’re eating on walks and keep them on-lead if it helps to avoid key snacking-hotspots.
Profile: These dogs seem to ‘barely eat a thing’, turning their nose up at their doggy diet and waiting instead for treats and human food snacks. Thankfully, with a bit of tough love, Picky Pooches are the easiest troublesome eaters to manage!
Have you got a fussy friend?
Remember: Dogs can skip odd meals without adverse effects, and they will eat when they get hungry enough – though if they don’t eat anything for more than 24 hours, have a chat with your vet about what to do next.
Profile: Some dogs, like some people, are unlucky when it comes to metabolism, and simply don’t burn as many calories as others. Though you may be feeding no excess treats, and following the pack instructions to the milligram, they still seem to put on weight. These are the dogs that you might call ‘big boned’!
Is your dog always hungry?
Profile: This is more about humans than your dog and can stem from your own relationship with food. Do you always reward good behaviour with snacks and treats? Maybe you compensate for a missed walk or a long day at home with chews, treats and a big dinner?
Do you praise your dog with food?
What kind of doggy dieter is your four-legged friend? Once you know where the problem lies, you’ll be able to make changes to best help the slimming process. Be sure to read our blog on top tips to help your dog lose weight for more advice on overweight dog dieting. Is your faithful friend trying to lose weight? Be sure to tell us your tips and stories – either comment below or find us on Facebook. We’d love to see your progress!
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