Will my puppy gain weight if I give him a lot of treats during his obedience training?

Hi all,

I need a little help here. I've been giving my soon to be 9 weeks old puppy a lot of Wellness Wellbites (soft and chewy) treats during his obedience training. I'm a little concerned whether he's going to gain weight or not by keep doing this. He's already about 9 pounds and the last time I brought him to a vet, the vet said I should get him on diet and that's what I did. I just want to train my puppy and I just can't stop. Lol. Some suggestions would be welcomed and appreciated!


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Comment by Calvin Tandi on April 12, 2012 at 6:59pm

I don't really know but he told me to reduce the amount of food that I had been giving him. Could be just because of his weight, but I'm not sure. I might post the profile of Cola soon so you guys can judge whether he's overweight or not.

Comment by Jane on April 12, 2012 at 9:00am

9 lbs is totally fine at that age, and I think your vet is crazy to be honest lol. Seriously who tells someone to put a 9 week old puppy on a diet?! Was he just saying that because of how much he weighed..? Because he looks totally fine in your pictures. Puppies have such high metabolism it is almost impossible to make them actually "fat", and it's not like he's going to suddenly gain 10 lbs over night, you will notice if he is getting too chubby. Don't go by weight alone. I fed both my dogs at least 1.5 cups a day as puppies (Luke got 2.5 at one point...) and both got tons and tons of treats, and they turned out just fine.

Zuke's Mini Naturals are only a few calories each if you wanted another option for low cal treats, my dogs go crazy for them.

Comment by Bev Levy on April 11, 2012 at 8:32pm

Use part of his kibble as treats instead of feeding all of it at meal times.

Comment by John Wolff on April 11, 2012 at 8:25pm

Hard to over-feed a puppy.  Treats can be match-head-size.

Comment by Snickmom on April 11, 2012 at 6:31pm

You can't go by weight- grown corgis can be 18 pounds or 40 pounds. If you can feel his backbone he is ok. He is a tiny baby so he needs his nutrition, don't feed too many treats. Use the kibble for treats and give him less at meal time. Give him fruits and veggies, too. Any changes in his weight need to be really slow. Basically, if he is overweight, you are better off keeping his food the same instead of increasing it as he grows until you can feel his backbone. I read an article once that said people who thought they were feeding their dog x amount were actually giving them a competely different amount because they were guessing the amount. I have never used a measuring cup, but I think I give Snickers (22 pound not very active adult) about 1\2 cup am and pm, some veggies or fruit and a dental chew. You can also transition training away from treats once he starts getting what you want. Use praise instead.

Comment by Calvin Tandi on April 11, 2012 at 6:15pm

So I feed Cola 3 times a day and each is about 1/4 a cup, Do you guys think that's too much? Also whenever I walk him I give him treats since he's still not doing good on leash. I also give him treats whenever I train him. I've been giving him really small treats. I always break one big piece off (approximately about 1" by 1") into 12 pieces. For an 8 weeks old puppy do you think his weight is too much?(9 pounds)

Comment by Snickmom on April 11, 2012 at 6:03pm

Snickers really plumped up when we were in obedience class! Now I train using meal time kibble, and if I need a high value treat I use really small pieces- REALLY small. I like Beggin Strips because you can break off the size you want.

Comment by Ludi on April 11, 2012 at 5:46pm

Use his breakfast and dinner as the treats. :) Should you need a little extra, use low-calorie stuff like carrots, frozen green beans, etc. Remember, with training, less is more. Don't keep a session going on past the point where he grows bored. Keep it short, maybe 30 seconds to 1 minute each. That way you won't overfeed, either!

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