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Does your dog have a waistline?

Have you kept your dog at an ideal weight? Jana over at My Dog’s Symptoms encourages you to show off your dog’s waistline. My mutt Ace has always been lean, and I’m proud to show him off!

Does your dog have a waistline?

The goal of Jana’s “Show Off Your Dog’s Waistline” campaign is to raise awareness of canine weight management, and to educate dog owners about how dogs’ bodies should look.

I’m sure you all know plenty of people who don’t even realize their pets are overweight. They see their pets every day, so they don’t notice if the pets have lost or gained weight. Plus, people are so used to looking at their fat pets that fat seems normal.

How to tell if your dog is overweight
Does your dog have a waistline?

Need some help getting your dog’s weight under control?

Here are some tips on how to help your dog lose weight. My favorite tip is to stop leaving food out for your dog at all times. I know many of you are guilty!

And of course, Ace and I are always here to encourage people to start running with dogs. It benefits the humans and the pups!

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Amelia

Thursday 25th of April 2013

One of these days I'd like to draw the ideal-weight chart featuring a pomeranian, for some reason I think that'd be hilarious (just a bunch of pics indicating 'fluff'... ). The only way to show off Bear's waistline is by giving him a bath or dressing him up in tight clothing. I guess I have the opposite problem as you--Bear's lost all this weight and it's impossible to tell! People think he's overweight, and I'm not exactly going to invite them over to feel his ribs. :p

Ace is a handsome devil, though, isn't he? His eyes are so striking against his black fur!

Marji

Monday 1st of April 2013

Mina and Celeste are strong believers in waistlines. They have lovely ones. My current foster dog has lost a few pounds, so far, and I am starting to see his waistline now too.

My dogs have been called too skinny before by people whose own dogs have no waist-line and lost ribs.

Lindsay Stordahl

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Yes ... that happens quite often, doesn't it? People with overweight pets look at our fit pets and think they're too skinny.

Dawn

Saturday 30th of March 2013

My vet always makes a point about my dogs' weight. Not because they are overweight, but because he is so impressed with all his patients who maintain a good weight. Why? Because, he says, most of the day he sees nothing but overweight pets. Sephi, Maya, & Pierson always get good remarks from the vet, especially on weight and good teeth. I should show off my dogs for Jana's campaign. :)

Human Rescues Dog

Saturday 30th of March 2013

Great blog! And this article is perfect as I'm desperate to get weight off my chocolate labrador.

Hope you don't mind, but I have listed your blog as one of my top 5 blogs in my post: "Dog Blog: Best of the Best". Keep up the great work!

Lindsay Stordahl

Saturday 30th of March 2013

Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

Pipa

Saturday 30th of March 2013

Everyone thinks our dog is fat because he is all fluff! Underneath him there's a clear waistline and I'm always feeling for ribs. A very good thing to keep an eye on - particularly when your dog is transitioning from puppy to adult (as ours is) and you're figuring out how much food is appropriate since they're not growing anymore!