Fullness in dogs is becoming more and more common. Owners with overweight dogs are wondering why it came about and how to help the dog lose weight.
Unfortunately, often the owners pay attention to the problem only when the dog is already suffering from various forms of obesity, and against this background, the pet already has diseases associated with its excess weight.
Fullness in a dog – the main reasons:
- binge eating,
- disturbances in the endocrine system of the dog,
- the presence of parasites,
- lack of physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle,
- improper diet
- genetic predisposition to completeness in some breeds.
This article does not have complicated and expensive tips; they are available to absolutely anyone, even very far from sports everyday life and fitness halls. The main thing is not to lose weight, but to rebuild the dog’s lifestyle and revise its diet!
Sports for lazy dogs
In fact, you do not have to change your usual way of life. All that is required of you is a little time and desire to deal with a dog. Take a look at what your four-legged friend loves the most?
1. The dog loves to bring balls.
What a score! The only thing we need is to find a fairly hilly area and stand on top of a hill or a small hill, naturally in a safe place, away from cars and roads. Start cheerfully and throw the ball down with enthusiasm, and as soon as the dog grabs him, squat down, pat yourself on the knee and cheerfully call the dog by name or shouting “carry the ball”! Once the ball is delivered to you, praise the dog and offer to exchange the ball for a piece of the most delicious treat.
The dog should be hungry enough before a walk. Give a little breath and throw the ball again. No need to throw often, after a few throws, switch the dog to something more pleasant for her. Gently bring this exercise up to ten times in several passes. To arouse the dog’s interest in sporting, teach your home to play with interactive balls and dumbbells, where you can hide a piece of meat. Do not be discouraged if not everything goes smoothly at once. Sometimes you can whip up the dog’s interest by running to the ball to distill. Pretend that you get yummy out of the ball itself.
2. The dog loves to dig holes.
Just great! The only thing you need to make clear is where it is appropriate to dig, and where it is better to refrain from this. So the field, forest, sand is a great place, and my beloved mother’s pink cous should be a taboo!
Training takes place on the principle of marking the action, using the “dig” and “stop” commands. But first, you need to bury something. Put the dog on hold or tie it on a leash, pour food or pieces of the dried lung into a bottle on her eyes, bury it shallow. Untie the dog and take part in the excavation of the treasure. As soon as the dog enters the excitement enough, get away from the process, but continue to vigorously encourage his interest. When you take the treasure to the light of day, praise and treat the dog. Complicate the task by prompting the dog to look for the buried object, play “look for (name of the object)” even at home, hiding the ball with the delicacy inside.
Do not forbid to mice in the fields and dig holes outside your area.
CHAPTER 2. ALMOST ATHLETES.
CHAPTER 3. NUTRITION OF THE DOG WITH EXTRA WEIGHT.
CHAPTER 4. HEALTH.
In addition to all these factors, you must check the dog’s health. In general, this should be paragraph 1 on our list of recommendations. The smooth functioning of the pancreas, a sufficient amount of enzymes, the acidity of the gastric juice, the state of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid gland and hormonal levels are very important.
There is excessive completeness associated with sterilization of the animal and an improperly selected diet, insufficient loads, the dog may begin to lose weight first, and then gain weight after a false pregnancy, weight can rapidly increase due to hormonal malfunctions and problems with the thyroid gland.
All this must be carefully checked. Sometimes, we can not choose the right food or diet for the needs of the pet. In this case, you should seek the help of a dietitian or a breeder, and look for the answers yourself incompetent articles and books on nutrition. To be able to correctly compose a diet or find your own food, focusing not on advertising, but on the needs of your pet.
Is the extra weight of dogs dangerous?
Of course, a lot depends on the breed, individual characteristics, and age of the animal. However, being overweight harms absolutely any dog!
A dog in normal condition has easily palpable ribs when applying a palm and lightly pressing when viewed from above, there is a pronounced waist, a tucked up stomach, wrinkles should not hang anywhere, taking into account the breed, the dog should have a good muscular relief.
When overweight: the ribs and vertebrae are not palpable, the waist is not visible and the dog’s body looks like a zucchini rather than a guitar, the rounded abdomen is lowered to or below the chest level, wrinkles form on the nape, and suspensions swaying on the chest and neck when walking.
What threatens overweight and obesity in a dog?
- An increase in the load on the joints and, as a result, diseases of the musculoskeletal system in the future.
- Endocrine system malfunction, predisposition to atherosclerosis and diabetes, increased cholesterol.
- Heart and blood vessel problems.
- Malfunction of the liver, fatty hepatosis.
- Violation of fat metabolism in tissues and skin.
- Decreased dog immunity.
- Increased risk of complications from surgery and anesthesia.
- Reducing the dog’s lifespan …
In conclusion, I want to say. Often, being overweight is hereditary – a genetic problem. And the Labrador will never resemble poglou.
However, eating habits, the culture of eating food and the necessary level of physical activity are laid by us. The dog will adapt to you and your lifestyle.
Take a more responsible approach to the choice of breed, taking into account your lifestyle, do not sit for a long time in the blank quarantine in four walls, spend more time with the puppy in the fresh air. Gradually accustom him to overcome all great distances. Do not overfeed it, while it grows and develops and should be a little thin, do not listen to the “experts” in the yard, terrified by the terrible thinness of your dog, trust only the opinion of a doctor, an expert on the breed and a breeder.
The habit of overeating, laid down in childhood, will remain with the dog for life. Carefully monitor and timely wean the puppy and adult dog from tapping at the table and picking up on the street. Wean from this habit and relatives! The dog should always move slightly hungry from the bowl. Recently, the problem of cultivating the image of overfed show dogs and “couch companions” in many originally working breeds have been growing recently, but this is a completely different story.