Cut Out the Extra Treats and Snacks
If your dog needs to lose weight, remember that every treat and snack contributes to his daily calorie intake.
Dogs can get into a habit of expecting treats if they are always rewarded with food. “If you’ve been using a treat, go to a smaller one or just give them a piece of a biscuit instead of a whole one,” Dr. Collier suggests.
Many manufacturers also offer low-calorie treats as a way to reward your dog without adding on pounds.
But remember, treats aren’t essential for dogs.
For many pets, the pleasure is getting the reward, not eating it. Using nonfood rewards like verbal praise, a head scratch or a belly rub is often enough, especially if you use these forms of praise from an early age.
Avoid giving your dog snacks from the dinner table as well. All those small bites add up, Dr. Collier says.
Also, many human foods are rich in salt, sugar and fat, and some foods contain ingredients that may be dangerous for pets.
Be particularly mindful if you have small children who drop a lot of food.