Whether it's a treat we've bought from the shop or a chip that we drop while serving up dinner, it's fair to say that dogs will wolf down just about anything they can get their paws on.

This is why it's vital that we ensure we don't leave any snacks lying around that could do our pooches harm - especially chocolate - and is also the reason that we need to feed them as balanced a diet as possible.

Indeed, no matter how much they beg and plead with those big puppy eyes, it's key that we take a responsible and sensible approach to the regularity with which we fill up their dog food bowls.

And this means that we need to be careful with what we're feeding them too, as a diet that's full of unhealthy treats could leave them struggling with weight problems - something that can become particularly dangerous as they get older.

So in order to keep our canine companions fit and strong, the first thing to remember is that it's best to stick to a regular routine and ensure you're keeping a close eye on their portions.

The amount you feed your pooch should always depend on the typical size for a dog of their breed, and if you are concerned about their weight then it's a good idea to seek the advice of a vet.

It's also important to be careful with treats, as these should make up no more than ten per cent of your mutt's daily food intake - even if you're using them as a reward for good behaviour.

Lastly, one option that many canine owners choose to explore is that of the raw dog food diet, which is considered an effective way of keeping your pooch healthy and boosting their energy levels - as well as promoting better heart and muscle health.

Written by: Hannah