Fat Dogs - How To Get Overweight Dogs to Diet and Slim Down Without Whining

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A balanced dog food is at least a quarter protein and 1600 kilocalories of energy per pound, but ifrepparttar dog is not active, overweight dogs will need less food. For canned dog food,repparttar 141875 calorie intake is measured at 500 calories per pound, although ifrepparttar 141876 dog food is all meat, itís 600 calories a pound. For dry food, 1500 calories per pound, and semi-soft or moist food is 1350 per pound. So if a dog weighs less than 11 pounds, feed them about 4 ounces of dry food a day. Up to 22 pounds, feed 5 ounces, 22-50 pounds gets 11 ounces, 55-75 pounds gets 17 ounces, and 75 pounds or more get 35-30 ounces of dry food.

All these calculations donít necessarily work, though, as each dog metabolizes food differently and has different activity levels. Remember, a dog doesnít have to eat every day, and can go up to five days without eating. Also, spaying or neuteringrepparttar 141877 dog does not cause obesity.

If your dog only nibbles atrepparttar 141878 food, donít be fooled. Nibblers tend to eat more inrepparttar 141879 long run than gobblers, and thus gain weight quicker. And ifrepparttar 141880 obese dog is picky,repparttar 141881 dog will eventually become accustomed torepparttar 141882 healthy food, it may just take a while.

Once your dog is on a diet, keep track ofrepparttar 141883 dogís weight. Ifrepparttar 141884 obese dog has lost even a little weight over two weeks, youíre onrepparttar 141885 right track.

Walks should be given regularly (a couple times a day), but donít overdo it at first ifrepparttar 141886 dog is really fat. Moderation in everything isrepparttar 141887 key to seriously overweight dogs. The goal should be doublerepparttar 141888 amount ofrepparttar 141889 walks your dog is getting now. Once your dog is trim, though, itís good to walk your dog a lot Ė most dogs donít get enough exercise.

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How To Stop Your Dog From Barking Ė Training Your Dog To Keep Quiet

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Teaching your dog to bark on command: Then go away for a few minutes and come back. Ignore his barking and ignore everything else he does. Just stand there, doing nothing, not rewarding him at all, not even looking at him. It may take a long time, but eventually your dog will calm down, stop barking, and start doing his own thing. Once your dog calms down and stops barking, start working with him again. This time, only give him a treat when you say ďSpeakĒ and point at him, and then he barks. 1. Verbal command and point. 2. Bark. 3. Reward. Donít give him a treat for just barking on his own. This part will take a while, but he will eventually understandrepparttar command. Youíre rewarding him for behavior he already is predisposed to do, youíre just associating a command with it. Teaching your dog to be quiet: Go away for a few minutes, and then come back. Heíll probably be barking a lot when you come back, but again, stay totally still and donít reward him at all (no praising, no eye contact, nothing). Once he stops barking, count to five slowly to yourself. You may have to wait a long time before heíll stop barking enough so a full count of five, but it will happen eventually. Once you can count to five without any barking, then reward him with praise and a treat. Notice that at this point,repparttar 141874 behavior comes beforerepparttar 141875 cue. Shaperepparttar 141876 behavior first, and then add your cue.

Teaching your dog to be quiet on demand: Keep that up for a while untilrepparttar 141877 behavior sinks in, and then addrepparttar 141878 command. When heís not barking, hold up your hand as if youíre signaling someone to stop, and sayrepparttar 141879 command ďQuietĒ. If heís quiet, then give him a treat and praise. Sorepparttar 141880 order is 1. Verbal command and hand signal. 2. Dog is quiet. 3. Reward. Soon your dog will know how to be quiet on demand.

After a while,repparttar 141881 treats wonít be necessary, and even verbal praise wonít be necessary every time. The praise at irregular intervals isrepparttar 141882 intermittent reinforcement part ofrepparttar 141883 picture, and is very powerful. Intermittent reinforcement works better than if you reward behavior every single time.

Soon youíll have a dog that will go totally quiet when you tell him to!

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