I run with my dog. I walk with my dog. I play fetch with my dog. My kids chase him through the backyard multiple times per day. But even all that physical activity couldn't keep Matthew from putting on a few pounds during his first few months with us. I did with him what I did with myself. Every time we fed him something, I wrote it down. And I found out that we were feeding him a LOT of snacks. And I was using snacks as a reward during dog training, too. I tried to buy healthy snacks like sweet potato dog treats, but my husband ate one (on accident!!) and they were expensive. A friend suggested using carrots and I admit, I had never thought of feeding Matthew fruits and veggies. Internet research led me to this great informative easy to print and share with the kids, chart:
We started feeding Matthew treats off this chart, and I was contacted by Purina about having Matthew try their new Light and Healthy brand dog food.
The change in Matthew's diet was immediate. He slimmed out in no-time at all. He had gained 20 pounds in his first 3 months with us. But he's a big boned dog and can carry it well.
This was Matthew (and Ronin!) in April.
Matthew (and Ronin!!) in July after a 3 1/4 mile walk!
The change might be subtle but I can see it!!
Purina also sent us a pedometer so we could track Matthew's steps!! 6,735 Steps=3.26 miles
Like with any dietary changes, your gut might react differently, and your dog is no different! He might have gas, or other side effects. In my dog those usually pass within 2-3 days.
Do you feed your dog healthy snacks?? What are some of your pup's favorite healthy treats??