Doggie's got a fat butt
Do you have a fat dog? Now be honest. No parent likes to admit that their children have put on a couple of extra pounds. Do you find yourself making excuses like: "He is not fat, just big boned," or "She isn't fat she just needs a haircut," or do you just respond with flat anger and denial like, "How dare you call my princess fat you bastard!" There is no use denying it. If you have a fat dog, you have a fat dog. There is just nothing that you can do about it, but accept it, take ownership that it is your fault, and do something about the situation. It's time for a doggie exercise plan!
The two most important parts of an exercise plan:
The two most vital parts of any exercise program are diet and exercise. Like two wings of an airplane you are not going to be going anywhere with out both of them. You can't have one without the other.
The first place to start in any exercise regime is diet. Just like with a human exercise program is doomed to ultimate failure with out taking proper diet and nutrition into consideration, so to will your dog's exercise program will end failure with out taking time to revaluate what you are feeding your dog. Read the nutritional information on the back of your dog's food. Is it healthy? Is it good for your dog? Now the trick is to find a dog food that is healthy - you are their food source, so they are counting on you to pick the best! The Dog Bowl has a lot of great advice on choosing a healthy dog food, and what you should look for. Maybe it is time to consider a more natural, fresh approach to feeding your dog, and go with the BARF diet, which is a more natural and healthier diet, based on what your dog would actually eat in the wild.
Are you feeding your dog too much? Are you giving them more than the recommended portion size at each meal-time? The dog food manufactures usually put serving size information on the side of the dog food containers. Make sure the portion size matches it perfectly. If you are feeding them more than once a day, maybe you want to scale it back to just once a day.
Now this is the fun part! There are many ways that your dog can get some exercise. All of them are equally as effective, if done every day with consistency. Ideally you would mix and match these methods of exercise to keep both you and your dog from getting bored.
So get to it! Your dog's excess weight won't go away by itself. Plan out the perfect exercise plan for your dog, and watch as the diet and exercise melts those pounds away. Remember a healthy dog is a happy dog, and no one wants to be fat!