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Don't let Fido gobble gobble!
November 26, 2008 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
Okay turkey heads, its already a given that you’ll cook too much, eat too much, sleep too much and suffer from it all. Your fur babies want so badly to join you in all your activities; however, this isn’t one of them.
I used to feel so guilty with every bite I took at mealtime. The big, brown puppy dog eyes were overwhelming and always yielded several bites from my plate. It wasn’t until the vet was brave enough to tell me that me AND my dog were overweight. She wasn’t being rude, I encouraged her honesty by fessing up to my own terrible eating habits and lack of exercise. Unfortunately these habits were having a direct impact on my dog – since she was eating more and exercising less – just like her master.
I soon learned that if I take a bite of human food, a piece of dog biscuit is just as satisfying a treat to Mazey. She doesn’t necessarily care if she’s getting a bite of the same thing I’m eating, she does know that she’s sharing in the same experience with me. That’s what’s important to her.
To limit the amount of food I eat, I make a fist. While I should knock myself silly with it, I instead try to reinforce to myself that my fist is the size of my stomach. Therefore I only should put that much food into my mouth. Doesn’t always work but it does help from time to time. So if my stomach is only as big as my fist, think about the size of my dog’s stomach.
Not to get into a long diatribe about a dog’s digestive sytsem but it and their stomach is quite different from a human’s soooo ...all the more reason to not feed your dog ‘like you would a human’.
As you corrupt your system with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie… grease… give your dog a ‘dog’ treat or two and know he or she will be much happier than you can ever imagine!