Have you been feeding the cat in the same way you always have done, with exactly the same food, yet somehow she seems to be losing weight? To make matters worse, at the same time your dog is steadily piling on the pounds even though he isn’t being fed any extra! You, like many thousands of others, are probably housing a dog that has discovered he can sneak in an extra meal or two if he thieves from the cat.
This might seem humorous at first, but apart from the price of double the cat food, it’s unhealthy for both your dog to be eating too much and your cat not to be eating enough. Fortunately, training him not to eat your cat's food can alleviate these problems and may even reduce your cat's resentment of the dog!
"No!" is probably a word you have shouted far too many times when you’ve caught the dog deep in the cat's food bowl. Training him not to do that will require obedience commands and steps to reduce his access to your cat's food. Cat food is richer in protein and fats than dog food, making it rather appealing. But that protein and fat can quickly lead to weight gain, so if you want a healthy weighted dog and cat, it’s important you get this training right. Overweight dogs can quickly develop a range of health conditions, including arthritis.
It will always be easier to train a puppy not to eat the cat's food because they are more receptive than older dogs, who may be stuck in their bad habits. Fortunately, the training itself is relatively straightforward and within just a couple of weeks, you may be back to only feeding your cat the once.
Before you get going with your training you will need to get your hands on a few things. You will need clearly distinguishable food bowls for both your dog and cat. You will also need a quiet space in the home, free from distractions.
You will also need some treats for your dog or his favorite food broken into small chunks. An optimistic attitude and a significant amount of patience will also be required. Apart from that, you will just need 10 minutes a day to invest in daily training.
Once you are fully equipped with these items, your work can begin!