A Super Simple Way to Weigh Your Dog


Have you ever tried to get your dog to sit still on a bathroom scale long enough to measure her weight?

Not much fun — is it?

Nevertheless, to calculate a suitable dog food serving size, you must know your dog’s current weight.

Thankfully, there’s an easier way.

You can find out your dog’s weight using just three simple steps:

  • Step 1 — Weigh yourself
  • Step 2 — Weigh yourself while holding your dog
  • Step 3 — Subtract the two numbers

And voila! You’ve got your dog’s weight.

By the way, if your dog is too heavy for you to comfortably hold in your arms, most vets will gladly weigh your dog for you. So, don’t be afraid to ask.

Use our Dog Food Calculator to estimate your pet’s recommended portion size.

  • Mary Kay Gerrets

    Get someone real strong to lift the puppy. That’s use to be my nephew’s job with their large dog. He could bench press 230 lbs so a 100 lb dog was nothing. Only thing someone had to read the scale because he couldn’t see it holding the dog.

  • Laurie Johnson

    So funny! Mine freaks out and absolutely refuses to look at me or give up any kind of photo worthy pose as soon as she sees my phone pointed in her direction!! How does a dog even Know to be camera shy?? Lol

  • theBCnut

    If he is maintaining proper weight and muscling then feeding the same amount is fine. If he has a tendency to become over weight, then you should cut back at least on lazy days, maybe every day. The only time I would worry about giving a dog more on work days is a dog that does heavy work, like sledding for hours. They may need a carb boost before the day in done.

  • Ruth

    My 2 year-old bichon-shih tzu has days where he is just laying around and days where he is out running off-leash for over an hour. Should I adjust his feeding according to his activity level or just maintain the same amount daily – no mater how active he is?

  • Jordan Walker

    Thank you for these simple steps on how to check our pet’s weight. What I usually do first is I weigh myself then weigh my self again while holding my pet then finally I subtract the two numbers. Just like weighing my nephew. Now I know a different way to weigh my pet.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I thought of the joke
    What color was Washington’s white horse?

  • Actually, I thought he was being “punny,” a la which weighs more a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks.

  • Matt, you sound like a very responsible pet parent 🙂 !

  • Pattyvaughn

    Betsy, do you seriously think Matt’s 105 lbs puppy weighs 105 lbs, seriously? LOL!!!

  • Matt

    @betsygreer because he’s still growing and more that he’s on an adult dog food I want to continue monitoring his progress

  • Why do you need to weigh your 105 pound Mastiff? …
    …sounds like you already did. ; )

  • Pattyvaughn

    Take it to the vet.

  • Hi Matt,
    LOL (but not really). It’s ridiculous isn’t it? I am doing my best to bring my in-home pet scale to market so that all pet parents can conveniently and safely weigh their furry kids – including your 105 lb. baby 🙂 !

  • Matt

    how do I weigh my 105lb bullmastiff puppy?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Wow, That’s cool.

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  • i cant believe there were people who didn’t already know this lol

  • BoxerPitMomma

    For whatever reason, you can can pick up any of my three big dogs, if you can manage it, almost any time you want but the second you stand near a scale they freak out! I don’t know what it is, maybe they have a weight sensitivity lol. It takes time and diligence but we get it done, its definitely a two man job!

  • Jsbda519

    Yes, if you have the time. Not a practical option for me and my cats who hate the car 🙁 !  Thanks for weighing in!  Judy

  • melissa

    Interesting-but its free to walk into the vet and do it : )

  • Jsbda519

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  • Meagan

    Good thing I don’t have any dogs over 80#, not sure if I could weigh one with this method. LOL My 60# boy isn’t to bad to hold.

  • Leonard

    haha! i like this.. great way to weigh the puppers..

  • Jonathan

    That’s how I’ve always weighed my dogs… and now apply the same method for weighing my daughter. 🙂 I thought everyone did this!

  • Jenn M.

    My vet will weigh your dog for free. You just have to stop by the office and ask for a tech to do so. I’ll bet other vets’ offices have a similar policy.

  • E. Clark

    That is a hilariously very simple way! Great idea!