All those cute puppy rolls and that belly like jelly may actually indicate that your dog is obese. If you have been told by your vet that your pup is overweight, you may be looking for new activities you can do with your dog that will help with their weight issue. While running and walking with your dog is a great idea, there are other, super fun ways to play and exercise your obese dog! A combination of a healthy diet and regular activity will enable your pup to get in tip-top shape.
Obesity in dogs is very similar to obesity in humans - it is primarily caused by overeating and not enough exercise (and possibly a genetic issue). So, one way to help turn your dog's obesity around is to take a look at the treats and dog food you are feeding them. Some dog treats may be similar to human junk food - full of fats, salt, and unhealthy additives. However, everyone loves giving their pet a treat now and then and you may not necessarily want to stop! Instead of just ditching the treats, why not make your own, healthy dog food treats?! This way, you can reward your dog and feel good about giving them a tasty, healthy treat that won't add to their obesity.
It is easy to gain weight when you just hang out inside all day, lounging around. After all, who can resist that comfy couch or pillowy dog bed? The easiest way to prevent laziness which can lead to obesity is to get outside and stay there all day! There is so much to see, do and sniff outside that your dog won't possibly want to sit down. Grab a travel bowl of water and your dog's leash and get ready to spend the entire day outside! Oh, and don't forget to make sure your dog is comfortable (no one wants an overheated pup on their hands!).
You don't necessarily need to get outside to make sure your dog is getting proper exercise. In fact, there are plenty of ways your dog can get moving and work off some of that weight while inside in the house. Setting up a few areas or stations where a dog can actively play inside is a great idea and is not dependant on weather. You can customize the play stations according to what your dog likes best and you can also rotate the stations as they get bored. This is an endless way to keep your dog occupied and busy to help curb their weight problem.
Before you head out for a walk with your pup, equip them with a doggy backpack. The added weight will help them tackle their obesity problem by making a simple walk even more of a challenge.
Even a dog can benefit from running or walking on a treadmill! Teach your dog to go for a run indoors on a treadmill and their excess weight will fly right off.
An obese dog does not have to be a sedentary dog. In fact, obesity is even more of a reason to interact with your dog and encourage exercise and healthy eating habits. Your obese pup needs your help before they incur any serious health problems! Now is the time to get more involved in your pup's day to day life and have fun while doing it. These activities are a perfect place to start for your obese dog.