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Losing Weight While Exercising with Your Dog


Tips for Weight Loss


Avoid feeling overwhelmed by beginning slowly. Make an initial commitment to regular exercise by planning a 30 minute walk with your dog, three times a week for the first month. Starting out slowly will allow you and your dog to adjust to the increased activity, gradually increasing your pace and time as you both feel stronger. Plan and arrange your meals with some forethought, with smaller servings several times a day so that between-meal hunger does not catch you off guard and lead you to snack on unplanned foods. Replace the high fat, high sugar treats with sweet fruits for you, and pet-friendly veggies and fruits for your dog.


You may want to consult with a veterinary dietician or veterinarian, at the least to get some advice on the best snack for your dog. Also keep in mind that not all foods are safe for dogs -- raisins and grapes, for example, are very toxic. Last but not least, weigh yourself and your dog once a week to chart your progress.


Losing weight, for both pets and people, is a commitment that requires patience and time, but with the help of your best furry friend, you can get healthier together, and have fun doing it.



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  • Walking my dog too much?
    01/18/2015 04:20pm

    I have a four year old male Shih Tzu, Cosmo. We take walks every day (morning) and mostly another in the evening. About 1 mile each session (25 minutes). I've lost 40 pounds in the past year doing this (with low carb eating), but Cosmo has gained 3 pounds. He's 20 pounds, medium size frame. I asked my vet if he was over weight and she went over his body and said she didn't find any excess fat on his body...and that it appears I'm turning my Shi Tzu into a Bulldog (with a laugh). His new weight is in his chest and shoulders and I think its from our 15 miles per week walking. My Walk the dog app told me the he and I walked 645 miles in 2014. We've walked over 1,800 miles in the past 3 years. He seems very healthy and has energy and loves his naps and eats twice a day (mostly high grade kibble and a little wet). He was a finiky eater until I put him on a probiotic 4 months ago...with his food each day. I would appreciate anyone feedback on whether I might be walking him too much or his huskiness is just a sign of good fitness. Thanks much...M

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