Weight control and keeping puppies active
One of the most common problems in dogs is obesity. However, this problem can be avoided and thereby improve the quality of life of the dog, if you pay attention to the weight of the puppy in time and make every effort to maintain the activity of the animal at the required level.
At the stage of body formation, the puppy grows very quickly, so it is important to monitor its weight. If you do not control the diet and behavior of an obese puppy, it will turn into an obese adult dog.
Dogs are inherently energetic animals. They get energy from fat, and if there is too much fat in their diet and they lead an inactive lifestyle, animals will begin to gain weight. Being overweight can put pressure on the skeleton, leading to joint problems and increasing the load on vital organs. Therefore, maintaining a normal weight and good shape of the dog will significantly improve its quality of life.
How to control puppy weight
Be sure to give your puppy a balanced diet that contains the right combination of elements and the right ratio of fat and protein. This will help puppies not to gain excess weight during growth.
Set the feeding mode: feed the puppy in a designated place from the same bowl at the set time. This will help him understand what the place and time of his feeding, and also will help regulate eating habits.
Food must be given at regular intervals in small portions, the sizes of which should be controlled. First feed your puppy three times a day. Then, when the growth phase is over, transfer it to a two-time feeding. Frequent feeding in small portions allows the puppy’s body to more easily digest food, and also ensures the distribution of energy consumed throughout the day.
Starting from the age of two months, give the puppy the opportunity to independently explore the surrounding space. To play calmly and spend energy, the puppy must get used to his home. At first you will have to be constantly present at these games, especially if there are children in the house.
Weigh the puppy regularly and adjust the feed in accordance with the instructions on the food packaging. This is especially important for small breed dogs that have a faster growth spurt than larger dogs: they may need more frequent adjustments to serving sizes.
Encourage your puppy’s active behavior by giving him toys. Puppies adore cardboard boxes, and rubber toys can last a long time. Remember that the size of the toy must be at least twice the size of the mouth so that the dog does not choke and swallow small parts.
A puppy runs along the lake with a stick.
What should not be done by controlling the weight of the puppy
Do not treat the puppy as a person. Dogs do not need a varied diet – give him a balanced feed of the same species and follow the feeding regimen so that everything is simple and clear for the pet.
Do not feed the puppy the rest of the food from the table, as this can significantly increase the amount of energy (and fat) it consumes. It can also cause unwanted, such as begging, behavior.
Do not give the puppy treats before the “main” feeding. This is impractical, because the pet may eventually begin to refuse to feed, thinking that he will get a treat!
Do not overfeed the puppy. The puppy’s appetite changes depending on his age. Do not increase portions of food if it eats everything at one feed, and do not give food again at another time if the puppy did not initially eat the whole portion of food. The puppy will eat when he is hungry, and due to frequent feeding in small portions, he will understand that he will still have time to satisfy his hunger later
It is important to adhere to the recommendations on feeding and maintaining the puppy’s physical activity. Although this can be challenging, it will help to avoid pet health problems in the future. Follow these recommendations, monitor your puppy’s nutrition and spend a lot of time playing with him. Thus, you will lay the most solid foundation for your pet’s healthy life.