2. Bridge the "Fat Gap." According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 90 percent of dog owners believe that their dogs are already a healthy weight. But almost half of them are wrong. Use a canine body condition scoring chart to quickly and accurately determine whether your dog has fallen into the "fat gap."
3. Cut Out the Treats. There's a reason our dogs love "treats" -- they're deliberately jam-packed with sweeteners and other fattening ingredients. Instead of treats, reward your dog with affection, play-time, or nutritious, low-calorie snacks like bite-sized vegetables.
4. Feed Less. Most dog food manufacturers aren't required to tell you the precise calorie content of their foods. As a result, millions of dog owners around the country over-feed their pets. Instead of relying on profit-motivated corporations to tell you how much food your dog really needs, use a reliable canine calorie calculator to figure it out for yourself in a matter of minutes.
5. Turn Off Your Devices and Go Outside. According to a recent study, Americans today spend more than 5 hours a day online and more than 4 hours a day watching television. That's more than 9 of your waking hours every day ignoring your dog! Un-plug and go for a short walk with your dog once a day. You'll both be better off for it.