4 Ways to Limit Dog Treats and Say No to Pleading Eyes
Do you feel as though your dog is mesmerizing you into feeding dog treats? Are you struggling to Say “No” to those pleading puppy dog eyes?
You know the drill… You’ve just opened a food packet or perhaps you’ve sat down to eat lunch or prepare the evening meal, and then magically out of nowhere your furred companion materializes by your side!
And on cue you are being given “the look”- a hypnotizing stare perfected to melt your heart and set you on auto treat-feeding pilot! Voila for the dishing out of tasty tidbits, shared meals and dog treats!
Your dog may have even learnt to ramp up the antics a notch or two. Perhaps by placing a soft paw on your lap, or by an almost inaudible whimper or for the more outlandish doggy types, some twirling, barking and begging behavior!
There’s no mistaking the message behind these antics. We hear you doggies, loud and clear!!
So to keep our dog’s weight and health in check, as pet parents we must learn ways to prevent ourselves feeding too many dog treats. Most dog treats are high in fat, salt and calories and when not accounted for soon lead to expanding doggy waistlines and potentially dire health consequences.
So how do we resist from feeding our furred friends too many dog treats?
Well the good news is this is a challenge you can easily overcome! With these following 4 tips you will soon limit the number of dog treats you feed your furred friend and you will be back in charge of your dog’s food intake in no time!
4 Simple Ways to Limit Dog Treats
Dog Slim Tip!Cut dog treats in halves or quarters to instantly reduce your dog's calorie intake.
1. Reduce opportunity for begging
Discourage situations that lead to your dog begging. The most effective way to do this is to not eat in front of your dog and to keep your dog out of the kitchen whilst preparing meals.
Granted this is unlikely to happen every time you eat or prepare a meal, but if you can reduce the frequency of these scenarios this will have a huge impact on the amount of pressure your dog places you under when it comes to sharing food and dishing out dog treats.
To prevent your dog feeling excluded, once you finish eating or cooking invite your dog back to be with you and dish out plenty of positive attention in the form of pats, cuddles, and play or perhaps reward your dog with some of their daily food portion.
If you are able to remain consistent in implementing these two changes it should only take a week or two for your dog to fully accept and adapt to them.
2. Provide attention instead of dog treats
Whenever your dog pleads and begs, get up and play a short game with them, go for a walk around the house or garden or give them a belly rub.
As owners we tend to interpret most dog antics as being food based but most dogs love receiving your attention just as much as they do dog treats!
So substitute food with play or perhaps a short walk or a few tricks. And offer plenty of praise using your voice, pats and cuddles.
3. Say yes and feed dog treats on occasion!
It is okay to say yes, on occasion! Feeding dog treats is fine as long as all the dog treats your dog receives are properly accounted for within your dog’s daily calorie allowance.
Do not fall into the habit of feeding treats on top of your dog’s daily calorie intake otherwise your dog will soon gain weight and any doggy dieting efforts will be wasted. Remember, most dog treats are high in calories so unaccounted treats here and there soon add up!
Limit dog treats (this includes left overs, tidbits, dental chews and treats) to less than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.
Dog Slim Tip!Keep extras (dog treats, tidbits and left overs) to less than 10 % of your dog's total daily calorie intake.
Another tip is to halve the size of the dog treats you usually feed. Your dog is more interested in the taste of the treat and the process of receiving the treat (i.e. getting your attention), than the actual size of treat. In most cases a dog’s response to half a treat verses a full treat will be just the same!
4. Offer healthy dog treat alternatives
If your pooch is a dog treat begging fiend, forearm yourself with healthy dog treat options. Prepare a small stash of healthy dog treats ready to get you through the day. Apple slices, carrot sticks and green beans are enjoyed by most dogs and come in at a fraction of the calorie count of most other treats.
An added bonus is you can share these snacks with your dog. Which makes them even more enticing for your furred companion! Discover healthy dog treats and their calorie counts here.
By implementing these 4 dog treat feeding hacks, you will be well on your way to feeding dog treats responsibly and preventing any unwanted weight gain for your furred companion.
You now have the tools to deal with those pleading looks and most importantly your best friend can continue to feel loved without you having to feel guilty!
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