Healthy Weight Challenge–Fritz’s 4 Week results are in–it’s called CHALLENGE for a reason!
Guest Post by Dr. Donna Spector
Fritz has experienced steady weight loss during the first 3 weeks of the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge–3.8 pounds so far. So this week it was a little disappointing when Fritz tipped the scale at 46.7 pounds–up 0.5 pounds from last week!
Fritz is the first participant enrolled in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on THE EXPERT VET of the RADIO PET LADY NETWORK.
Fritz is eating Halo’s Healthy Weight Turkey & Duck Recipe and canned Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken as his main diet. Although he has been getting daily veggies to help curb his munchies, his owner describes him as begging constantly. Last week we had adjusted Fritz’s food intake a bit to prevent him from eating everything that wasn’t nailed down! Unfortunately that small amount of food tipped the weight scale against us. Remember, every little bit counts!
So this week, we go back to the original food “prescription” and add even more zucchini–we know how he loves it! We will check back with Fritz next week for hopefully more good losses!
Weekly Weight Loss Tip: Don’t give in to begging (and pleading and pestering and staring and pawing!). Many overweight dogs are accustomed to getting treats for many things–such as when they go outside, after play, when they give their owner a certain “look”, before bed… and the list goes on. They don’t like it when they are not rewarded with food anymore. They often take to whining, pawing, pacing and even pestering you in the middle of the night. Just remember these dogs are begging for food that they WANT…not that they NEED. Anyone who has been on a diet will understand the cravings and how their dog might be feeling. You have to outlast your dog–they are smart and will eventually give up the begging behavior if it is not working! Give love and attention instead of food–try an extra walk or play session. If you must give a treat, consider veggies or Halo’s Healthsome baked treats. Try breaking treats into multiple pieces and make one treat last through 4 or 5 treat-giving sessions to help cut the calories. Good luck!
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