For many of us, food is our love language – but with 38% of us* admitting to feeding our dogs treats just for looking cute, we might be doing more harm than good.
We spoke to dog owners across the UK about their feeding habits when it comes to their pets: 24% confessed that their dog licks their plate on a daily basis, and 37% appointed their dog as head of quality control, giving them ingredients to eat when preparing their own meals**.
Most of us can admit to giving our dogs something they probably shouldn’t have – from our leftovers to the odd chip at the pub. But with dog obesity on the rise, it’s important to remember the benefits of healthy habits and balanced treats.
That’s why we’re launching a new campaign to support dog owners and give you our expert advice on how to #LoveYourDogLonger
Healthy Dog Cookbook
We asked Head Vet Sean to create some super simple – and super healthy – recipes for our brand new ebook: introducing the Healthy Dog Cookbook!
It’s packed with top tips, ‘snack hacks’ and really easy recipes for you to make for your dog, plus advice from Head Vet Sean to help you keep your dog at a healthy weight.
Download your copy here!
How to: body condition score
Head Vet Sean shows you how to check your dog’s body condition score – a super simple way to keep an eye on your dog’s weight without needing a scale.
Dr Sean McCormack’s 3 Top Tips for keeping your dog healthy in 2022:
- Instead of rewarding your dog with treats for good behaviour, reward them with your attention instead. Take 5 minutes to play their favourite game or give them a belly rub
- Make sure that you get into a habit of taking your dog for a walk at a certain time of the day; your dog will start to give you reminders when their walk is due after a while
- Ignore the puppy dog eyes and stay strong, remember that you are in charge not them.
*Survey of 1,004 UK dog owners from 13th December to 15th December