5. Don’t overfeed your dog just because you’re both inside all day.
Sitting around and eating will cause you both to gain weight. Since you’re stuck inside more often in the winter, you might be tempted to give your dog more treats throughout the day. (Guilty!)
Adjust your dog’s calorie intake according to how active he is in the winter months. “So if your dog is significantly less active over the winter, then you should reduce his food and his calorie intake somewhat and then monitor his weight. If he’s gaining weight, cut it back a little more. If he’s losing weight, add a little more.”
If you’re giving your dog treats—you’ll likely need some treats to get your dog into those booties—make sure they’re lower-calorie options, like Nulo’s Freestyle soft training treats made with protein from turkey, duck, or salmon, and superfoods like cherries and blueberries ($6.99; Chewy.com). I also like I and Love and You grain-free dog food and treats ($15.18 for a 5-lb bag; Amazon.com).Back to top