What not to do when managing your puppy's weight
Don't treat your puppy like a human. Dogs don't need variety in their diet—stick to a single type of nutritionally balanced food and use a routine to keep things simple and understandable for them.
Don't feed them table scraps, as these can significantly increase the amount of energy (and fat) your puppy is taking in. It can also encourage bad behavior like begging at the table.
Don't give your puppy treats to try and get it to eat its "main" food. This is counter-productive, as your puppy may end up refusing to eat its kibble because it thinks it will get a treat!
Don't overfeed your puppy. Your puppy's appetite will vary depending on their age, but don't be tempted to put more food down if they eat it all or put food down at a different time if they leave some from an earlier meal. They'll eat when they're hungry, and small, frequent meals will mean they have time to satisfy their hunger later.
Although it can be difficult, it's essential to stick to recommendations about eating and exercise for your puppy to avoid health problems later in life. Follow these guidelines, keep an eye on their food, and spend plenty of time playing—you'll be giving them the best possible start.