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5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Pug

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Exercise Portion Controls and Time Limits
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You know the saying that if you give a man enough rope, he'll hang himself? Well, if you give a pug enough food, he'll eat itself into an early grave. In other words, your precious pug will overeat if you let him. It's important to keep your little dog a healthy weight, and here are a few tips to help you do that.

First, pay attention to portion control, and reduce the food portions if you find your pug is gaining weight. Because weight gain can be so gradual that it's hard to gauge by sight, try weighing your pug regularly. (You can do this with your bathroom scale by weighing yourself with your pug in your arms and subtracting your own weight.) Also consider reducing the number of treats you feed him, and don't forget to factor treats into his daily food calorie count, too.

Another tip is to keep your pug's meals on a strict schedule by only keeping the food out for a specific time limit -- maybe 10 or 15 minutes. This gives your dog time to finish but doesn't allow for all-day grazing. And after a few days of this, you can be sure that he'll learn to finish in the allotted time.

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