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Calorie Requirements For Your Dog

Calorie Requirements For Your Dog

Calorie Burning 101 In our last post, we discussed the kcal and the difference between basal/resting calories burned and activity fueled calorie burns. Today we will present the basic formulas that are used to estimate calorie requirements for your dog and provide some specific examples as reference... »

calories in dog food

Average Calorie Content in Dog Foods

It has been some time since I have published updated statistics on key dog food indicators and today’s post will do this, focusing on the average calorie content in dog food.  I used our pet food database, which currently consists of near 3,000 dog foods along with their calories, ingredients, macro... »

Calculating a Dog’s Daily Calorie Needs

Calculating a Dog’s Daily Calorie Needs

Determining how many calories a dog burns each day is crucial for knowing how much to feed the dog. Most people are not aware of how many calories their dog really needs, and the result is that many pet owners are over feeding, which can cause a multitude of health problems for the dog.   Today... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 260 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 260 Calories?

Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made awa... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

The Washington Post recently reported on an interesting study in the American Journal of Public Health which suggests that showing people the amount of exercise they would need to perform to burn off a sweetened beverage is more effective in curtailing consumption than is displaying that drink’s cal... »

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new web tools for our dog loving readers, the SlimDoggy Food Database and the SlimDoggy Calorie Tracker.   First, we have published our dog food data including calorie amounts, macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs), ingredients, and our Slimdoggy... »

Calorie Tracking

  Registration is FREE, but required in order to access the SlimDoggy Tools.     Check screenshots for the Tracker Tools:   You can monitor your dog’s daily activities, feedings, and calories to make sure your dog is a SlimDoggy, not a chubby puppy.     Search the... »

SlimDoggy Widget – Dog Calories and Food Ingredients

Ever wonder how many calories your dog burns? Or what exactly is in your dog’s food? Wonder no more! Use our Widget to answer these questions and more. Want to have this and more info at your fingertips? Download the SlimDoggy iPhone App (click here). Use the widget to: Estimate your dog’... »

Primer on Calories

Primer on Calories

A Primer on Calorie Expenditures. In our last post, we discussed some of the common behaviors (in humans) that lead to an overweight dog and some tips on how to change them.  Today, we will talk about calories and how your dog’s weight and activity level impact the amount of calories that are used e... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Carbs

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Carbs

Although dogs will eat like omnivores, they are descendants of the carnivore wolf and thus will thrive on diets high in protein and fat.  By definition, this also means that dogs require little in the way of carbohydrates.   Canine Ancestral Diet = Low Carbohydrates A canine ancestral diet, the... »

How Much Exercise does a Dog Need?

How Much Exercise does a Dog Need?

One of the most common questions I hear is “how much exercise does a dog need?” My first reaction to this is normally “more than you are providing them”! Although I am kidding (sort of), the fact is that most people don’t have any idea how much exercise their dog really does need. One way to determi... »

SlimDoggy Blogiversary

SlimDoggy Blogiversary

SlimDoggy.com was launched in December of 2012. It’s hard to believe we’ve been evangelizing about health and fitness for your dogs (and cats) for two years now. We think this milestone calls for a celebration and a retrospective look at some of our favorite and most popular posts.  ... »

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day was created by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to help raise awareness of both the seriousness of and pervasiveness of the pet obesity problem we have in the U.S. It also provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the substantial financial cost... »

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

According to Dr. Ernie Ward, the Founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), “The most important decision that you make each day regarding your pet’s health is what you feed them. What you pour into that bowl each morning has the greatest influence of anything else you will do to k... »

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

Last week we discussed the high cost of having an overweight dog.  This week we provide 5 tips to help keep your dog fit and healthy.  You will notice that most of these have to do with food and feeding.  That’s because the amount and quality of food you serve your dog is the single biggest fa... »

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of 2013 and about to embark on another holiday season.  With the turn of the calendar, often comes one or more “New Year’s resolutions” by well intended people looking to change or improve their behavior.  This year, why not resolve to keep your pet fit, tri... »

SlimDoggy on eHow – How Much Do You Feed a Puppy?

We did a series of videos on dogs for eHow.com.  In this one, we answer the question: “How much to feed a puppy”. (yes, we paraphrased the exact question that eHow wanted us to answer, but ours is more general).   Rarely will you see a fat puppy.  This is because their metabolism is... »

Get the SlimDoggy Widget!

Get the SlimDoggy Widget!

We are pleased to announce that the SlimDoggy web widget is now available. This widget provides some of the features available in the SlimDoggy iPhone App. Check it out below. Use the widget to: Estimate your dog’s daily calorie requirements so you can feed them the proper servings. Look up a ... »

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Weight Change ETA

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Weight Change ETA

We wrote recently about some of the new features in the SlimDoggy app.  Today we will focus on what we call the Weight Change ETA feature, which provides a time estimate for how long it will take your dog to reach their target weight.   Weight Change Scenarios Whether your dog needs to lose or ... »

How We Did It…

The SlimDoggy App was created with our yellow Lab Jack as the initial ‘case study’, to obvious great success.  That said, we relied on industry leading research studies and some amazing people to make this project a reality. We did extensive research and consulted with several veterinari... »

Why Dog Food Labels Suck – Part 1

Why Dog Food Labels Suck – Part 1

I often wonder why we have such a massive canine/pet obesity problem in this country. Is it because we don’t care about the health and well being of our dogs and would prefer that they live shorter lives?  I don’t think so (MV notwithstanding)! Is it because we don’t care about the... »

Feeding a Dog to Lose Weight

Feeding a Dog to Lose Weight

Every other dog, and then some, in the United States is overweight according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). That means that there are around 44 million overweight or, worse, obese dogs in this country. These dogs need help and that help needs to come from their family in the f... »

New Year’s Resolutions to Feed Your Dog Better

New Year’s Resolutions to Feed Your Dog Better

New Year’s is a time that most people review the past year and resolve to make improvements for the coming year.  With that in mind, I offer 5 resolutions that will help a dog parent ensure that their dog is fed the proper amount of food and fed healthier, more species appropriate food.  ... »

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Roll Over

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Roll Over

When it comes to strengthening a dog’s core, there are many exercises that a pet owner can choose from. Few of these are as fun (for the dog) as the roll over. Roll over is one of those commands that many dog parents use when they begin training their dog. It is commonly used after sit and down, and... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Wrap Up

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Wrap Up

The FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge, sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food, has come to a close. But we don’t want that to be an excuse for anyone to start slacking when it comes to their or their dog’s exercise and diet. There were many great ideas shared by our blog partners and readers on how to keep... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge

This week, we are happy to announce the FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge, which is sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food. The purpose of the challenge is to help pet owners from falling into the ‘end of summer’ fitness trap that they, and their pets often succumb to.   The end of summer fitness trap... »

How Many Cups of Food Should I Feed My Dog?

How Many Cups of Food Should I Feed My Dog?

Last week, I provided some benchmark values that can be used to estimate how many calories a dog needs each day to maintain a certain weight. The next step in determining how much food to feed a dog is to use this calorie estimate in conjunction with the caloric values of their foods and treats, to ... »

Adding Resistance for a Strength Workout for your Dog

Adding Resistance for a Strength Workout for your Dog

As I have already pointed out, having strong muscles could mean having a longer lifespan. Research on humans supports this and it is very likely to hold true for our canine companions as well. Many dog owners are unaware of the strength training options available to them when it comes to exercising ... »

How Much to Feed Your Dog: Importance of an Ideal Weight

How Much to Feed Your Dog: Importance of an Ideal Weight

Far too many people are not aware of the amount of food their dogs really require each day to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.   According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), a majority of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Just like with people, an overweight dog will have a s... »

Can Strength Training Increase a Dog’s Lifespan?

Can Strength Training Increase a Dog’s Lifespan?

I recently stumbled upon some research on the relationship between muscular strength in humans and their life spans. I will provide some details shortly, but the research suggests that people who are stronger will have a much lower death rate, and this longer life span, then people who are not as st... »

Can Exercising a Dog Before Breakfast Help them Burn Fat?

Can Exercising a Dog Before Breakfast Help them Burn Fat?

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs in the US are overweight. Keeping a dog fit and trim requires proper feeding and ample exercise. I often wonder if some of the techniques that humans use to optimize their calorie balance could also work on dogs. One... »

Feeding a Senior Dog: Do Older Dogs need Less Protein?

Feeding a Senior Dog: Do Older Dogs need Less Protein?

Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion, or at least uncertainty, about proper diets for senior dogs.   In a 2011 study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, researchers polled more than 1,300 people online about their perceptions about senior foods. According ... »

Overview of Carbohydrates in Dog Food

Overview of Carbohydrates in Dog Food

The three macronutrients (besides water) that make up the majority of a pet food are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Pet food labels, which are required to report certain crucial nutritional data, list protein and fat percentages but rarely is there a reference to the carbohydrate content. This is ... »

Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?

We have had many readers ask us about the benefits of coconut oil and whether it is good for their dogs. Even though we aren’t doing another ingredients series for awhile, we wanted to respond to our readers questions with our thoughts on coconut oil.   Fats are an important part of a dog... »

Overview of Fats in Dog Food

Overview of Fats in Dog Food

Dogs require moderate amounts of healthy fats in their diet. Much like protein, fats are a crucial part of a pet’s diet. Some of the key benefits of fat include: Fat provides essential nutrients such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are vital to keeping your pet’s skin and coat healthy. Res... »

Feeding Active Dogs and Canine Athletes

Feeding Active Dogs and Canine Athletes

Much like human athletes and generally active people need to fuel their bodies properly to ensure that they are able to train appropriately or keep up their activity levels, so do active dogs and canine athletes. When it comes to feeding an active body, there are 3 important considerations that shou... »

U.S. Pet Obesity: The Total Number of Pounds our Dogs are Overweight

U.S. Pet Obesity: The Total Number of Pounds our Dogs are Overweight

We recently wrote about the 2014 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey results, which were very disappointing. According to this year’s survey, the number of obese dogs has risen the past two years and the total number of overweight or obese dogs in the US is almost 44 million. I thought it ... »

Energy Flux for Overweight Dogs?

Energy Flux for Overweight Dogs?

Whether for dogs or for people, achieving weight loss and keeping weight off requires the proper levels of net calories: calories consumed less calories expended. For weight loss, there must be a deficit and to maintain the optimal weight, there must be an equal balance between the calories consumed... »

Benefits of a Quick Workout with your Dog

Benefits of a Quick Workout with your Dog

The last of the seven habits of fit people and their dogs is probably the one that most people don’t utilize: having one or two “go to” quick (e.g. 15 minute) workouts to use when time is short.   Time is often the biggest limiting factor that prevents us from achieving our exercise and fitness... »

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

In the modern world, food is relatively abundant and there is a wide variety of convenient foods available on the grocery store shelf. More often than not, these foods may contain ingredients of dubious quality, yet the general public mostly chooses to ignore the ingredient label and will still purc... »

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

The second of the seven fitness habits of highly fit people and dogs is to mix in high intensity training into their regular exercise schedule. Although it can be difficult, high intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, can provide you and your dog with many benefits including:   Improv... »

Working Out in the Morning with your Dog

Working Out in the Morning with your Dog

One of the fitness habits that I have noticed fit people possess is an ability to work out in the morning. Exercising in the morning, especially with your dog, is a great way to build and maintain fitness for several reasons. Some of the best reasons to work out in the morning include: Morning worko... »

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

We have all heard the expression, “you are what you eat” (paraphrased from the original quote by Frenchman Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who said “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”) This simple idea holds true for both humans and dogs. Eating a lot of junk foods will res... »

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

I often wonder why some people are able to stick with an exercise program more easily than others. After all, the many amazing benefits from regular exercise are available to any person or any dog for that matter, that incorporates fitness into their daily routine. I suppose that, as in most things ... »

Benefits of Trail Running with Your Dog

Benefits of Trail Running with Your Dog

Running with my dogs is one of my favorite things to do. Working up a sweat (or pant) together and bonding through the experience, releasing the endocannabinoids and endorphins, staying fit and mobile, and burning some extra calories are all some of the reasons I love it so much. We are very fortuna... »

SlimDoggy Jack and Maggie

Five Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and November is Senior Dog Month, so I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about adopting a senior dog. Our two dogs, Jack & Maggie were both adopted and they are both seniors, so we kill two birds with one stone! When we adopted our first senior, Becc... »

Diet Dog Food: Worth it or Worthless?

Diet Dog Food: Worth it or Worthless?

Just as it is with humans, where almost 70 % of U.S. adults are overweight and more than a third are considered obese according to the Center for Disease Control, there is a similar problem with our pets. According to Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs and cats in the... »

Fresh Dog Food at your Door

Fresh Dog Food at your Door

Q & A with Empawer Pet Food CEO Alex Trauteaud Empawer is a new pet food brand with a very interesting approach to pet food, namely, using human grade ingredients to create custom made, fresh pet foods that are delivered to your door. Empawer Founder and CEO Alex Trauteaud (pronounced “True toe”... »

dog running

Running and Other Fun Exercises for you and your Dog

Today we welcome Sydney, Australia based veterinarian, Eloise Bright as a guest writer for the letter ‘R’ for our A to Z post on, wait for it…of course, RUNNING! As you will soon find out, Eloise and SlimDoggy have a common point of view on the value of exercising regularly with yo... »

Cross Training with your Dog for All Around Fitness

Cross Training with your Dog for All Around Fitness

Today we move on to the letter “C” in the A to Z Challenge. “C” is for Cross-training. Cross Training with your Dog In “Cross Training Benefits for You and Your Dog”, we discussed the many benefits of cross training, benefits available to both you and your dog.  Today w... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Alfalfa

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Alfalfa

Today we start a new challenge for the month of April. It’s the A to Z Challenge and we have to write a post a day using a theme for each letter of the alphabet. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke… Today, being April 1st, we start with the letter “A” and our post... »

dog on treadmill

Your Dog Can’t Out Exercise a Poor Diet

Having a fit dog, or being a fit human for that matter, requires dedication and regular exercise.  Luckily for us and our dogs, there are many exercise options available, many of which can be used to work around injuries and other ailments.  But being consistently active is only part of the equation... »

jumpinwithdog

Beginner Plyometric Drills to do at Home with your Dog

Plyometric training is a great way to burn calories and improve athletic performance.  As we wrote in Part 1 of this series, the human and canine athlete should have a moderate level of fitness before beginning a plyometric program.  Our plyometric preparation drills are a simple way to test for ade... »

car workout equip

Five Tips to Make Exercise Convenient

Last week we introduced the “6 C’s” pyramid approach to fitness, a conceptual and hierarchical approach to making fitness a part of your (and your dog’s) lifestyle.  Today, we will provide details on the first of the “C’s”:  Convenience.   Exercise Convenience: A Broad Definition According to W... »

The 6 C’s: A Pyramid Approach to Fitness and Change

The 6 C’s: A Pyramid Approach to Fitness and Change

Staying fit and healthy is a commitment. For you, and your pet. Fitness and health is achieved not by going to the gym for the 2 weeks after New Years, nor by an occasional bout of exercise every few weeks or months. Attaining fitness, and all of the wonderful benefits that come with it, require a c... »

Move your Mutt

Options for Exercising With Your Dog: PetsMove Mutt-a-Thon Tips

For those that haven’t heard, the inaugural 2014 Move Your Mutt Health and Fitness Expo officially begins on January 1, 2014.  We wanted to describe the Event and provide links to key information pages as well as some suggestions on how to participate in the Mutt-a-thon virtual fitness workout... »

jack playing find the food

Challenging a Dog’s Mind and Senses for Overall Fitness

This week, we are participating in two blog hops.  Our FitDog Friday hop (of course) and also the Zukes Fuel the Love Blog Hop.  We often use Zuke’s treats when training our dogs and when we play games with our dogs that challenge their minds, bodies, and senses.  Today’s post is about the rol... »

Slimdoggy app home page

The SlimDoggy iPhone App Update

For this week’s FitDog Friday post, we thought we would post a video segment about our iPhone App. Believe it or not, many of our readers aren’t aware that we created an app that helps dog owners keep their dog fit and slim. The Slimdoggy app is like a combination of “Runkeeper” and “Weight Watchers... »

Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

This week, we continue our discussion of an optimal fitness program for your dog and will highlight the second component of a balanced program: cardio exercises for your dog. “Cardio”, from the Greek “kardia”, which means heart, is the common term used for aerobic exercise.  According to Wikipedia: ... »

Benefits of Strength Training Your Dog

Benefits of Strength Training Your Dog

A few weeks ago we described what we consider to be a well rounded fitness protocol for dogs (and humans).  This approach is based off of 30 + years of working, learning and a lot of trial and error with our own body, as well as our work with our dogs.    To recap, we believe that your dog’s fitness... »

Exercise and Canine Diabetes

Exercise and Canine Diabetes

We have been asked by some of our readers about the special considerations that apply when exercising a diabetic dog.  The fact is, diabetes is a serious, but often manageable disease and it is not an excuse to let your dog become a couch potato.  More than anything, canine diabetes is a disease tha... »

dog running

6 Exercise Tips for Senior Dogs

  Welcome to another FitDog Friday post on canine fitness.  This week, we begin our two-part series on Fitness Tips for senior Dogs.  As you may know, we are big fans of senior dogs—our last three adoptions have been dogs eight years of age or older. This week seemed like the perfect time to wr... »

Fruits and Vegetables in your Dog’s Food

Fruits and Vegetables in your Dog’s Food

In recent posts, we have written about the importance and sources of the macro nutrients – protein, fat, and carbohydrates—in dog food.  Today we continue our analysis of some of the other key ingredient groups that are common in commercially available dog food, starting with fruits and vegetables. ... »

Running With Your Dog: Tips #6 -10

Running With Your Dog: Tips #6 -10

For today’s FitDog Friday we continue last week’s post with additional tips for running with your dog. Before we present Tips 6 -10, we wanted to share an experience that happened this morning on our run. It is a perfect example for Tip # 8 below. Today, Jack and I were on our normal trail run... »

Why Fat is Important for Your Dog

Why Fat is Important for Your Dog

After our last two Tasty Tuesday posts, we all know that protein is an important ingredient in a dog’s diet and what kinds of protein sources we should look for in our dog’s food.  Today we will focus on the macro-nutrient “Fat”. Just like with humans, not all fat is bad, but it’s the right ki... »

Dog Food Protein, Why Should I Care? Pt 1

Dog Food Protein, Why Should I Care? Pt 1

Tasty Tuesday is about celebrating ‘good food’. Good food can mean many different things. To SlimDoggy, our goal is to help our friends understand the essentials of quality food, food you want to feed your pets every day. What makes it ‘good’ vs. what makes it not so good. We... »

5 Tips to Help Your Dog Shed Weight (not hair)

5 Tips to Help Your Dog Shed Weight (not hair)

Our FitDog Friday blog post continues our discussion about keys to a healthy dog. Last week, we talked about how exercise and diet are both important components to keeping your dog fit and healthy.  We emphasized basal metabolism and how, except in the most unusual cases, a dog’s calorie burn from e... »

Does Your Dog Need More Exercise?

Does Your Dog Need More Exercise?

Providing your dog with sufficient amounts of exercise is crucial both for weight management and for ensuring a well behaved pet.  We stumbled upon this article on petside.com which can help you evaluate whether or not your dog is getting enough high quality exercise. You can read the full piece her... »

Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine

Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine

I found this article on preventing sporting dog injuries by Wendy Baltzer, DVM, PhD, DACVS on DVM360 to be very informative.  You can read the full piece here: Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine The author discusses several components that make up a well rounded program o... »

Angel Getting Up

Exercise is Magic- Part 3- Plotting a Course for Angel’s Weight Loss

In our previous installment of this series we talked about Danny, the high energy foster that really needed some exercise.  Today, we will focus on Angel, his mellow and overweight counterpart. First Impressions As mentioned in our introduction piece, Angel is an approximately 8 year old black lab r... »

Ok, so my dog is FAT…what do I do?

Ok, so my dog is FAT…what do I do?

In our last post, we provided some tips on how to determine if your dog is overweight as well as some common reasons for this to occur.  Today, we will provide suggestions on how to change your behavior so that you are setting up your dog to succeed with a healthy weight loss program. To recap, we i... »

Is Your Dog S.A.D. in the Winter?

Is Your Dog S.A.D. in the Winter?

There ain’t no cure for the Winter Time Blues (with apologies to Eddie Cochran). Or is there?   As a former East Coaster, I know all about the winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  When the day’s got shorter and colder, my mood and the mood of my friends an... »

Pilates for Pooches?

Pilates for Pooches?

 Canine to the Core   As someone who has practiced Pilates for the past 2 + years, I am excited to see that some of the concepts are now being applied to canine fitness and rehabilitation.  This class in Michigan seems like a great idea! http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/201... »