Is Your Dog Overweight? How To Develop A Weight Loss Plan For Your Dog

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  1. It took a while but I have both Bentley and Pierre at their ideal weights and thanks to the food I prepare for them, they have maintained it for almost two years. This is a great article. ☺

  2. Thanks, M.K.! That’s great that you have both Bentley and Pierre at their ideal weights.

  3. Denise says:

    Great information! I love that you provided such a great description of how to determine if they are at their ideal weight and a worksheet for tracking. Thanks!

  4. You’re welcome, Denise! I’m glad you enjoyed my post.

  5. Brando and Bogart says:

    Fantastic article!!! Looks like Humphrey is back on a diet!!! BOL! 🙂

  6. Stay tuned for the next post that I write in this series, Brando and Bogart. I will have some great tips on exercise options for dogs as part of their weight loss plans.

  7. Heather says:

    Thanks for this post. It has so much great information. Max was underweight when he came to us, but he’s a cozy dog now and has put on a little too much. I think he’s a 6 on that scale (still a discernable tuck and no bulging out, but I can’t feel his ribs without a little pressure). We’ve been working on getting him more exercise, but we’ll definitely make it more structured now.

  8. I’m glad you found my article helpful, Heather.

  9. Emma says:

    Overweight pets make us so sad. There really is no excuse besides lazy humans, or in a rare instance a health issue. Food has become such a sign of love in our culture, and it is killing not only pets but humans. Take your dog for a walk, run, romp or play a game in the yard rather than giving treats. Dogs love exercise and are the best exercise partners around. Keep yourself and your dog fit by working out together.

  10. Great points, Emma! I will be discussing fun exercise options for dogs in my next post in this two-part series.

  11. Ali Isaac says:

    Very thorough and interesting post, Rachele. Too many people overfeed their dogs. Indi put on weight after his surgery. He is a big solid Lab anyway, but I’m happy to say he looks like no.5 on your chart now, and has never Looked better. I put him on a raw diet too. I think that helped. He is healthy and full of energy! I will be sharing your post among my pet owner friends.

  12. Thanks for sharing, Ali!

  13. DearMishu says:

    Good morning Rachele, thanks for your diet advice..and happy Wordless Wednesday, from Mishu! #BlogPaws

  14. You’re welcome, Mishu!

  15. Casey says:

    Wow! Very good read and also very informative! Thank you so much for sharing with us. This information is important to know as a pet owner. Keep up the awesome posts!! 🙂

  16. Elaine says:

    Fantastic! I’m so glad you’re writing about this because I’m seeing more and more overweight dogs in my area. When Haley was young, she would rather play than eat and was on the thin side. We did free feeding until she was about 5 years old and started putting on some excess weight. Now we have to closely monitor her calories and treats to keep her at an ideal weight. It also seems like the recommended amount to feed on most dog food packages might be kind of high.

    Your plan is really helpful for anyone wanting to get their dog healthy, fit and trim again. Great job!

  17. Thank you so much, Elaine!

  18. So far, we’ve been blessed with maintaining our weight. I am especially cautious now that Harley is over the age of 7. So far, with Jaxson around he’s still getting more than enough exercise where his weight is on point. Great post – I will definitely share.

  19. Thank you for sharing, Groovy Goldendoodles!