How Do I Reduce My Dogs Weight?
As with humans, the best method is exercise and nutrition. FitDog Bootcamp classes are a great way to get in the exercise portion – especially if you are looking for something different and something that you and your dog can do together. Nutrition includes both the what and the how much (is eaten).
Ramee is our perfect picture of what positive changes happen with nutrition and exercise. Ramee dropped from 73 pound, chunky dog to a 64 pound lean mean machine. Actually, she isn't mean at all - in fact, not only does she have a new abundance of energy, she is sweeter and friendlier because she feels better.
*1-2 FitDog Austin Bootcamp Classes each week
*Improved Quality of Dog Food
*Reduced Serving amount of Food
Ramee’s exercise plan needed to be ramped up. Her owner took her on walks every day, but she was not getting enough exercise nor was she getting intensity of exercise she needed. By participating in FitDog Bootcamp classes, Ramee (and owner) was able to increase the level of fitness, burn more calories, increase muscle tone, and improve cardiac output.
Ramee’s dog food contained corn and other fillers, we recommended a change in her dog food to something of higher quality (i.e., no/limited grains and no by-products). As a result, she was getting more of the nutrients she needed. Also, because Ramee is 12 years old, we chose a dog food that included glucosamine for improved joint function.
The amount of food Ramee was being given was decreased. It may seem obvious, but for weight loss, it is appropriate to feed a dog who needs to lose weight less than what is recommended for current weight – closer to what is recommended for ideal weight. Also, with higher amount of protein and non-filler products, her body utilized a higher percentage of the food requiring less food (i.e., less junk that just passes through).