Just like humans, every dog has its ideal weight. The body score table will help you to work out how close your dog is to its ideal weight. It's a 5 part scoring system which you can follow to check your dog's body condition yourself. An extremely thin dog scores 1. On the other hand, a score of 5 is the sign of an extremely overweight dog. A score of 3 indicates the “ideal weight”.
Important areas for establishing your dog's body score are its ribs, the base of the tail, the vertebrae, shoulders and hips.
It is important to keep track of your dog's weight by weighing it regularly, ideally on the same scale for consistency and reliable readings.