- Weigh your dog and get a physical to get started with this process. Your veterinarian can advise you of a healthy weight range for your particular pet. At this appointment, you’ll want to be prepared to share your dog’s daily routine including his activity level, daily mental activity (training and brain games he may engage in), exercise specifics, along with the amount of training treats and other non-meal snacks that your dog gets daily. All this information will play into your vet’s advice.
- Another important fact that your vet may wish to have available is your dog’s food brand. Bring along the nutrition information and ingredient list from the label to assist your dog’s doctor in evaluating his or her needs. Based on your dog’s age, breed, current weight and other facts, your vet should be able to give you a better idea of where to start with his daily food allowance.
- After getting this starting point, try to drop in at least every 2 weeks (more often is better) to weigh your dog. This information will help a ton in determining if you’re on the right track, allowing you to modify Fido’s allowance before he loses or gains an appreciable amount of weight.
Doga Fun with Tanner
Speaking of bonding, I hope you'll join us for the #WeeklyWag each Saturday when I touch on various topics that help you and your dog bond even more closely. Included in this weekly feature, we often share yoga poses that you can do with your dog--#Doga! We've created a series of simple, one pose videos for basic training; find them at the link. No need for Fido to stretch; just join you for an easy practice that keeps you in shape. See you soon!