Tips For Managing Your Dog's Weight

It could be said that humans are obsessed with weight. Commercials on TV offer ways to lose weight fast, while the covers of magazines display skinny models in the hottest fashions. It's no wonder that losing weight is always on our minds. While we worry about our own weight, there's someone else in the house whose weight problem can sometimes fall by the wayside: our dogs.

Just like humans, dogs can gain and lose weight throughout their lives. To keep dogs healthy, it's important to try to keep them at a healthy weight. If a dog's weight gets out of control, it can lead to other health issues, which can get expensive. Luckily, there are several ways to keep your pup at a healthy weight.

An Active Lifestyle

Isaac Newton's first law of motion says that things at rest tend to stay at rest. This holds true for humans and dogs, alike. If you're hanging out on the couch watching TV, odds are getting up and running around seem like a lot of work. If you think you enjoy the couch, there's a good chance the dog does, too. Although comfortable, this isn't the best habit to get into with your dog.

Dogs need exercise just as much as we do, or they can start to gain weight and become unhealthy. Just taking your dog for a walk already helps your pooch burn off energy and calories. Want to step up your game? Take the dog for a run! Or hop on a bike or skateboard and hit the sidewalks.

Feeding Styles

There are many different ways to feed a dog. Whether it's rationing the amount a dog eats each day between one or multiple meals, or continuously keeping food in the bowl, every owner has their own way to feed their furry friend. Your feeding style can play a major factor in managing your dog's weight, as well as the type of food in the bowl.

  • "Free Feeding" - This type of feeding involves always having food in the dog bowl. If the dog gets hungry, the dog can eat whenever it wants.
  • "Portion Feeding" - This is the common form of feeding in which the owner decides how much a dog gets at one time. This style of feeding can be done once or multiple times per day.
  • "Timed Feeding" - With this style of feeding, an owner puts out food for a certain amount of time. If the dog doesn't eat it all, the owner puts it away.

For any of these styles, a Dog Feeder is an excellent tool to help manage a dog's weight.

Benefits Of A Dog Feeder

Dog feeders make feeding simple. No matter the style of feeding you choose, a dog feeder can help keep your pooch at a healthy weight, allowing you more time to do whatever it is that you do.

Many dog feeders also function as dog food storage units, with large containers to hold a bag of food. This helps eliminate clutter and provides a sealed container to keep your dog's food out of reach of insects.

Types of Dog Feeders

There are a wide variety of dog feeders to keep dogs fed and manage weight. Check out a few of our favorites below:

  • Le Bistro Gravity Feeder: This feeder uses the power of gravity to fill your dog's bowl and also features a large, clear and sealable storage basin available in several sizes. As your dog eats, the food is replaced in the bowl. So, once your pup is full, there still will be food waiting for the next time he or she gets the hunger pangs. Tip: to limit the amount your dog can eat, don't fill the basin all the way up. This also will teach your pup discipline when eating.

  • Le Bistro Programmable Feeder: This feeder utilizes technology to ensure that your dog stays on a meal schedule and is only eating a portion size of your choosing, perfect for keeping dogs at a healthy weight. The feeder allows you to set up to three feeding times for your pet.

Managing your dog's weight is an important part of being a dog-owner. As primary caregiver, it's up to you to make sure that your dog is staying healthy. For more tips about managing your dog's weight, consider consulting your veterinarian.

If you're still unsure about which Dog Feeder is right for your dog, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

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