­čö║Better ways to manage overeating with your pet dog

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­čö║Better ways to manage overeating with your pet dog

Managing overeating in your pet dog is important to ensure their health and well-being. Here are some better ways to address and prevent overeating:

1. **Control Portion Sizes:** Measure out your dog’s food portions according to their size, age, and activity level. Follow the feeding guidelines provided on the food packaging or consult your veterinarian for recommendations.

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2. **Scheduled Feeding:** Establish a regular feeding schedule with specific meal times. Avoid leaving food out for your dog to graze on throughout the day.

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3. **Use Puzzle Feeders:** Provide interactive puzzle feeders or slow-feed bowls that make mealtime a bit more challenging, slowing down your dog’s eating pace.

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4. **Divide Meals:** Split your dog’s daily food allowance into multiple small meals throughout the day to prevent them from eating too much in one sitting.

5. **Limit Treats:** Reduce the number of treats you give your dog and opt for healthy, low-calorie options. Use treats for training and rewards rather than excessive snacking.

6. **Use Food as Rewards:** Use a portion of your dog’s regular meals as treats during training sessions or interactive play.

7. **Monitor Body Condition:** Regularly assess your dog’s body condition and consult your veterinarian to ensure they are at a healthy weight. Adjust portion sizes if necessary.

8. **Avoid Table Scraps:** Refrain from giving your dog table scraps or human food, as it can lead to overeating and poor dietary habits.

9. **Provide Mental Stimulation:** Engage your dog in mentally stimulating activities, such as puzzle toys or interactive games, to keep their mind occupied and reduce the desire to eat out of boredom.

10. **Keep Food Secure:** Store your dog’s food in a secure container to prevent them from accessing it on their own.

11. **Training for Self-Control:** Teach your dog basic obedience commands like “sit” and “stay.” This can help them learn self-control around food.

12. **Regular Exercise:** Ensure your dog gets enough physical activity to help maintain a healthy weight and burn off excess calories.

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13. **Consult a Veterinarian:** If you suspect your dog has an insatiable appetite or is consistently overeating, consult your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health issues.

Remember that each dog is unique, and it’s essential to tailor your approach to their specific needs. By implementing these strategies, you can help your dog develop healthy eating habits and prevent overeating.

­čžęCREATED BY DR JOSEPH DEJI-FOLUTILE

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