Please, Don’t Overfeed Your Dog/s

I was visiting my bother and his wife (or should I say my sister in-law) the other day. Her parents were there as well, and her dad had brought his dog, Buster, along with him. My sister in-law was telling me how they had bred their patterdale/jack russell and she was now pregnant. (I will have to go and take puppy pictures when they are born.) We were both standing there looking out the window at Buster, who was standing out on the porch.

“Are you sure Buster’s not the one who’s pregnant?” I asked.

“I keep telling my dad, you’ve got to stop feeding him so much, you’re killing him,” she said.

Indeed, Buster bore great resemblance to a potbellied pig, and the slightest exertion caused him to wheeze.

Now, I know that many people love to give their dogs extra food and treats. And I can understand the enjoyment they get from watching their dogs enjoying the food. But come on… allowing the dog to become obese to the point where they can hardly even walk, that is not kindness. Our dogs don’t have the capacity to make good decisions when it comes to food. (If they did, they wouldn’t attempt to eat avocado pits, *cough cough Brèagha.*) Your dog doesn’t have to be a world class athlete, but pets can be fit. Just because you’re not competing in dog sports doesn’t mean it’s okay for your dog to be overweight.

Even more common is that many people don’t know what a fit dog looks like. They don’t actually realize their dogs are overweight. So let me show you some helpful things.


This video is long but includes some good discussion about how to get a dog into shape.


3 thoughts on “Please, Don’t Overfeed Your Dog/s

  1. Fleet put on a few extra pounds when he first came home (could afford to gain a few and for the first time in his life started to eat well, sleep well and sprawl much more relaxing and sleeping than he’d ever done.

    The lack of strength, muscle and overall poor condition of his front legs from kennels meant he wasn’t able to do as much or intensive exercise so we built up steadily away. Then when he was castrated that was it – weight not only shifting but piling on like cement overnight

    He’s not properly “fat” fat but he’s not as trim and lean as he should be either so to get his weight down and legs stronger he is starting regular hydrotherapy and swimming sessions.

    Has a good diet of dry food I mix with things like potato, salmon, chicken and that kind of thing but had to switch him to anti-fat-food for time being.

    Never had a fat dog in my life I’m pet-fat-shamed 😦

    In fairness Fleet is a really stocky solid dog in general when we picked him up at the farm to bring him home none of the three harnesses we took us fit him or would get anywhere close round his chest. Ragged Puddi’s off and that didn’t fit either so he had to travel on the back seat with Hannah minus any safety belt or harness.


    1. I definitely understand putting on some extra weight after being de-sexed. I can’t feed Bree as much now that she’s spayed, although I was already having to cut back before that because she had stopped growing. But when people give their dogs excessive treats and extra food all the time because “the dog loves it so much…” come on…

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      1. Oh yeah we refer to those as being “Unnecessary loaves of bread”

        Throwing them half a Bic Mac, half a carton of large fries and six biscuits for breakfast “I don’t know why he’s a bit podgy it must be a genetic thing”


        “No me neither… an absolute mystery”

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