10 Weeks To Your Dog's #PerfectWeight And Healthier Lifestyle

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Sadly, more than 50% of pets are overweight.  An overweight dog is no laughing matter, overweight pets can develop serious heath problems!  Just a few extra pounds can have a negative impact on your dog's health and quality of life.  An overall healthy lifestyle will improve your dog's health, quality of life and life expectancy.  Proper daily nutrition and physical exercise are an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and an overall healthy lifestyle for your dog.  

Phoebe gets lots of exercise and good nutrition to maintain her ideal weight of 11 lbs

Getting to the perfect weight is challenging for everyone.  A healthy diet combined with exercise is usually an effective way to shed excess pounds.  However, dog weight loss can be even more challenging when we can't spend enough time exercising our dogs, especially when the weather is uncooperative and they can't get outdoors for adequate exercise.  Hill's® Science Diet® Perfect Weight is a dog food for weight loss that can help you achieve your dog's weight loss goals and get your dog to a perfect weight!  I like that Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food contains:

> A breakthrough blend of natural ingredients

> Prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion

> 100% precisely balanced nutrition

> Real Chicken as the #1 ingredient

Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food

If you and your Veterinarian have determined that your dog needs to lose weight, take the Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight 10 Week Challenge to get to your dog's perfect weight and a healthier lifestyle. 

70% of dogs and cats who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks! 

Just as people need to track their diet and exercise progress, it's important to create a routine and track your dog's progress as well.  Hill's made it easy to create a health routine for your dog by creating the 10 Week Turnaround Calendar.  The calendar is a great tool to help you create a weight loss and exercise routine for your dog to lose weight and increase exercise effectively and at a safe pace.  It also helps you track the progress week by week.  Using the calendar is easy! 

The Hill's Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround Calendar

> Take a before photo of your dog and record current weight so you can see the difference at the end of the 10 week challenge.

> Slowly transition from feeding your dog's current food to the Science Diet Perfect Weight food following the instructions on the calendar. 

> When creating the exercise part of your dog's routine, record your dog's exercise in the boxes on the calendar so you can keep track of daily activity levels.

> Continue filling in the calendar and you're on your way to achieving a healthier weight and a healthier lifestyle for your dog!

Phoebe gets good exercise by playing in the house, going on frequent walks and easy hikes. My Siberian Husky, Isis, on the other hand is a very high energy dog who gets restless if she doesn't get lots of exercise.  Their exercise routine includes both less demanding exercise such as daily walks, and more demanding exercise such as hiking or bike riding.  Here's what my weekly exercise routine looks like for Icy and Phoebe:

Phoebe's Routine:
* Daily walks 3 - 4 times per week, 20 - 30 minutes per walk.

* Playtime in the house or yard 1 day a week for about 20 minutes; a game of fetch or hide the toy.

* More demanding exercise 1 or 2 days per week such as an easy to moderate mountain hike for 30 minutes, or a longer walk for 40 minutes or more.

On a morning walk in the desert with Icy and Phoebe
Icy's Routine:
* Daily walks 3 times per week for 30-40 minutes.

* More demanding exercise at least 2 days per week for 45 minutes to 2 hours. This is usually hiking in the mountains 1 to 2 hours or bike riding with me for about 45 minutes.  Bike riding is a much faster pace for her and an easier pace for me, so she burns tons of energy but I can easily keep up with her!

* She has 2 to 3 days of doggie day camp per month as well, to help her burn even more energy!  Since she is a very high energy breed of dog and also a Therapy Dog, it's important for her to be extremely well exercised when we go on our Therapy visits.

Here's a short video clip of me bike riding with Icy.  It's great exercise and she loves that she can go much faster than when we're just walking together!

Look for innovative exercise tips from Hill's here.  My favorite tip was to set up a Dogstacle Course in your yard or a park. It will give both you and your dog a great workout!

For optimal health and wellness, dogs need proper nutrition and adequate exercise.  Play, socialization, training, and keeping their fur, nails and teeth clean and well groomed also contribute to your dog's overall healthy lifestyle.  Don't wait to start an overall healthier lifestyle for your dog, start the Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight 10 Week Turnaround Challenge today!

Hill's SCIENCE DIET, PERFECT WEIGHT dog food for weight loss is available in Adult sizes, and a new breakthrough nutrition formula for Small and Toy breed dogs to help smaller dogs achieve a healthy weight and improve quality of life.  The small/toy dog breed bags of food are available in 4 lb or 15 lb sizes.  Adult bags of food are available in 4 lb, 15 lb, or 30 lb sizes.

You can find Hill's SCIENCE DIET PERFECT WEIGHT in your Veterinarian's office or at your favorite pet specialty store or online.  


Unknown said...

Fabulous!!!! I need to help Mika shed a few pounds. She has gained this winter for some reason. Fabulous post and I will be checking out that challenge for sure!
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Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks Jenna! She probably put on a couple of pounds due to the Winter weather, I'm sure she'll be smokin' hot again by Spring - LOL!

M. K. Clinton said...

You have such an awesome place to walk with your pups! Great review!

DawgBlogger said...

Keep up the great work!

Life with Dogs and Cats said...

Looks like a really great plan. Good food in appropriate amounts -- and exercise. The added benefit is the humans get exercise too!

--Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks M.K! Yes, we are lucky to have tons of dog friendly trails and places to walk w/ the girls! Thanks for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thank you Jana, & thanks for stopping by today!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Yes, it is a good plan and it's a great added benefit for the humans too! Thanks for stopping by today, Susan!

Unknown said...

Great job staying active!! Keep up the good work!

OhMyShihTzu said...

I find exercise to be such a big factor when it comes to weight loss in my little Trixie. I'm so happy she can start going for walks again since her surgery! You have a great plan for your girls too!

MattieDog said...

Great inspirational post - keep up the good work and great nutritional information!

The Chesnut Mutts said...

Great info! Would love to go bike riding with my dogs!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks guys! And thanks for stopping by the blog!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Oh definitely, exercise is critical and so is the right diet. So glad Trixie is up & walking! Thanks for stopping by!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thank you, glad you found it helpful! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

Thanks Abby! I'd love to get a bike leash for her so it's more secure when we ride. Thanks for stopping by!

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