How to Bulk Up Your Dog Naturally?

What’s up, dog lovers! Do you have a pooch at home who’s just naturally on the lean side? Some pups are born with those skinny genes – I’m looking at you, greyhounds and whippets! If your furry friend is super slender, you might be wondering how to safely add a little bulk and meat to their bones. I get it!

In this blog post, I want to share my tips for helping your skinny pup fill out their frame in a natural, healthy way. We’ll talk about making some tweaks to their diet, getting them on an exercise routine, and making some lifestyle changes that support healthy muscle growth. Don’t go trying to Hulk them up overnight! Small, gradual adjustments are the name of the game here. And of course, be sure to check with your vet along the way.

Diet Tips

First up, let’s chat chow! Switching to a high-quality food designed for active pups can provide more fat and protein to fuel muscle growth. Read those labels and look for dog foods made for working breeds or high energy. 

I also recommend adding a spoonful of healthy fats like fish oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. Start with small amounts mixed into their meals to provide extra calories. You can even drizzle it over their kibble.

For snacks, offer some protein and nutrient-packed treats like hardboiled eggs, unsweetened yogurt or cottage cheese, raw carrots, or a little peanut butter. Just don’t overdo the portions! Stick to appropriate serving sizes for their size and activity level. We want to bulk them up gradually, not make them overweight.

Remember, we’re aiming for a lean, athletic build here – not a sumo wrestler! Pay attention to keeping their body condition trim and fit as you make these diet tweaks. And of course, check with your vet if you have any concerns.

Exercise Tips

Alright, time to talk about exercise, pack leaders! Building muscle requires strength training, so I recommend starting some weighted activities. Have them carry loaded doggy backpacks on walks or pull carts with added weight. Start light and gradually increase over time to build up that muscle.

Play some games like tug of war that get their whole body engaged and build strength. Hide and seek is another good calorie burner!

If you have access to a pool or water, swimming is the perfect exercise for dogs to build muscle with very low impact on their joints. Start with short sessions and work up gradually.

While regular walks are great, limit any high-impact exercise like jogging long distances, which could inhibit weight and muscle gain.

Focus on short bursts of strength training instead of going for miles. And be sure to include rest days too! Recovery time is when that muscle actually grows.

As always, know your dog’s limits and check with your vet if you have any concerns about their activity levels. We want to bulk them up the healthy way!

Lifestyle Tips

First, make sure your pup gets plenty of rest and sleep. Those zzz’s are vital for recovering from exercise and that’s when muscle actually grows!

With the extra activity, consider a joint supplement to support their bone and joint health. But always check with your vet first on whether that’s recommended.

Lastly, remember to be patient and consistent, dog lovers. Building muscle takes time and works best with a steady routine. Don’t expect overnight results. Stick to those small diet tweaks, regular strength sessions, and rest days. Over time, you’ll notice your dog filling out naturally.

Stay positive and know you’re improving your pup’s long-term health even if you don’t see big differences right away. Keep me posted on your progress or if you have any other questions! Happy training and bulking up the healthy way.


There you have it, dog moms and dads! We covered a lot of ground on how to bulk up your dog naturally. Let’s recap the main points:

Make diet tweaks like switching to a high-protein food for active dogs. Add some healthy fats too. Do fun strength exercises like weighted backpacks and swimming. Make sure your pup gets adequate rest for muscle recovery. And work closely with your vet throughout the process.

Remember to take it slow and be consistent. Don’t overload your dog with too many changes too fast. Pay attention to their signals if they seem stressed or overtired. You may need to pull back and adjust the routine.

Bulking up your dog in a healthy way takes patience and care. But it’s so rewarding to see your pup filling out their frame over time! I hope these tips give you a great starting point. Let me know how things are going or if you have any other questions.

And make sure to follow me for more dog health and training articles coming your way soon. Let’s keep our pups happy, active, and healthy together!

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