Often an overweight and out-of-shape dog has an owner that is also overweight and out-of-shape. Instead of investing in diet dog food and 100 calorie pack doggie treats, invest in a nice collar with a matching leash and a good set of walking shoes. Dog owners can get started walking wearing any shoe, but choosing a shoe like the Stepgym shoe will maximize the benefits of walking.
An overweight dog will be at risk for health problems similar to that of a person who is overweight. For large dogs, being overweight increases the risk of hip problems when they age and it may cause them to be unable to walk at all. Helping a dog be at a healthy weight often causes the dog owner to be at a healthy weight also.
When starting a dog on a weight loss program, having a healthy diet will be important. Drastically reducing the food amount may cause a dog to be cranky and act out. Reduce the amount of food gradually while increasing the dogs exercise to help a dog loose weight. Increasing a dogs physical activity and fitness level will promote weight loss without needing to drastically reduce the food intake and may eliminate the need to buy dog food specifically made for overweight dogs. Specialty dog foods are often expensive but exercising a dog is free!
Some of the benefits to walking a dog in addition to weight loss include the following:
Reduce the dog becoming bored. Getting out of the house and smelling all the smells will add variety to a normal boring day of sitting around the house in the back yard.
Lessen behavior problems for dogs that are left alone during the day. Walking positively redirects the energy a dog has.
Lowered stress for dogs that are caged during the day, it is less stressful on dogs because they are happy to lie around and relax after a vigorous walk.
Housebreaking accidents are reduced because dogs mark during a walk. Often dogs completely empty their bladder by the end of a walk.
Dogs get very excited about taking a walk. If the dog hasnt been walked for a while, there may need to be refresher training on how to walk on a leash.
Start out easy as both you and your dog get back into shape. When walking in the Stepgym shoe, you may find out you see the results and feel the results of walking sooner that expected. When walking in traditional shoes, it will take longer to see the benefits and results of walking with your dog.
Order your Stepgym shoe today and then get your dog a new collar and leash to start a walking program that will increase both your fitness level and your dogs fitness level while you both loose weight walking.