By Nancy Cope
Owners of obese dogs can shoulder a good amount of the blame for having overweight dogs.
In essence, one of the most efficient ways that a dog can become obese is if the owner already has a bad and inactive lifestyle that can lead to obesity for the dog. After all, the dog owner is the master, which means that a lot of what the owner does is going to affect the life and the life expectancy of the pet pooch.
Let’s look at it more closely in the following way. Let’s say that the owner of the dog is someone who is overweight himself or herself, and let’s say further that said owner is a person who does not value physical activity or exercise all that much.
In fact, you could call this individual a regular, old couch potato who enjoys sitting on the couch and watching TV instead of making time just a few days a week to trouble himself to bring the dog out for a walk. In this scenario, the person who owns the dog is obviously not going to make the time to take the dog out for exercise and for some physical activity on a regular basis, therefor contributing to the chances of the dog getting obese!
Furthermore, some owners are also bad when it comes to what they actually feed their dogs. For example, some dog owners will actually give in to the dog with regard to whatever it wants to eat just because the dog begs them for food! At the same time, some owners just do not care about making sure that they know what kinds of foods to feed their dogs that will not make them obese!
As you can see, if a dog becomes obese, a big portion of the fault simply lies at the feet of the dog owner because the proverbial buck stops with said dog owner.
After all, if a dog becomes obese, it is likely that the dog is getting way too much to eat or that he is not getting anywhere near the right amount of exercise that he needs! Either way, if you have a dog that has become obese, you need to be able to understand what you have to do in order to make certain that the dog can turn around his obesity.
The first two things that you can do are quite obvious: Exercise and proper nutrition are key in this battle against obesity. A great way to increase the exercise level of your dog is simply to provide him with regular exercise chances that are based upon its ability and its physical ability.
For instance, if your dog is a very active dog that loves to join you for a jog, that would be an appropriate way to get him to exercise. On the other hand, if your dog is not given to exercising by running a lot, maybe you could still take him out for a game of fetch the stick or something like that.
As for getting the proper nutrition to your dog, this can be a bit more complicated because it entails that you need to take several, different factors into consideration. For example, you have to consider things such as its level of activity, its age, its size and its medical condition.
You might even have to consult with the dog’s vet in order to see to it that he is being given the right nutrition. Another factor to consider, of course, is how many times throughout the day the dog should be fed and the quantity of food that it should be given at each feeding time.
Other tips for beating dog obesity encompass the values of not allowing your dog to overindulge in food, taking the dog to the vet at regular intervals and making sure that you keep your dog from becoming…bored! If you are feeding your dog, make certain that you do not feed it table scraps or too many additional and “bonus” treats. This will surely fatten up Fido in a very short amount of time.
Taking your dog to the vet regularly is a great way to monitor its body weight and consult with the vet if you are feeding your dog properly.
Finally, preventing boredom is key because bored dogs actually attempt to compensate for boredom by eating or just by being lethargic in general, both of which will result in becoming obese. If you follow these basic tips that are easy to follow, you should have no issues with keeping your dog nice and slim.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.