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    I would love some suggestions about a dog I am boarding, and how to bulk out her food without her gaining weight.

    She is a lovely Golden Retreiver x Australian Shepherd, desexed, about 4 years old (basically looks like a black GR with tan and white legs and feathers). I have boarded her a couple of times in the past, and both times she has gone back having gained a bit of weight even though she wasn’t getting a massive amount of food. So yesterday when I picked her up I asked the owner EXACTLY how much she gets, which is basically 2 cups of kibble plus a bone each day. At home she gets about 1 hour’s exercise a day.

    It looks so measly in the dish! She definitely has the GR appetite seeming to be constantly hungry, but I can’t help thinking that it doesn’t seem enough for a dog her size. Last time I was giving her 3 cups of kibble, she still put on weight even though she gets heaps more exercise here having other dogs to romp around the paddock with, plus playtime with me.

    So my question is – what can I put in her kibble to bulk out her dinner? Tonight I felt so guilty at what seems to be a paltry amount (compared to what I feed the other dogs), I have to feed her separately from the others so she can’t pinch their food. Rice or pasta is a no-no, I’m thinking grated carrot?

    I am determined that this time she will go back looking like she arrived, lucky the owners know she loves coming here!

    (FYI, another client who lives a few doors down told me that this dog has a reputation in the street, she has been known to sneak into neighbours’ kitchens and nick off with a freshly baked cake, and another time a tub of butter! Ooh better add she is not allowed to wander the street, she found an escape route!)

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    If I were you...I would stick to the owners feeding regime. Does she look skinny...if not, then she is getting enough

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    Clea, she's not skinny, I will stick to what the owner gives her, I guess I'm just feeling guilty and a little sad for her - something that I don't normally feel when it comes to feeding.

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    I know the feeling...sometimes you look at the amount of food and think...that CAN'T be enough?!? But adult dogs do not need massive amounts as long as it is a balanced diet

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    Whole carrots. I peel the ones for Frosty.

    Then they act a bit like bones - but without the calories. Raw carrots are supposed to use more calories in the chewing than you get from swallowing them.

    Depending what she will eat - maybe celery? And not sure that sweet potato is calorie free but a bit of that?

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    Lots of raw vegies chopped up in the food processor. My lot are on a natural diet & they have heaps of raw vegies with their dinner. :-) They aren't fat at all, but they're very happy by the end of their evening meal & don't look for anything else until breakfast time.

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    mine love grated carrots

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    I'm a bit lost sorry Greys.

    Why would you want to bulk out her food? The owners feed her two cups of kibble plus a bone per day, so isn't that what you should feed her?

    If she is de-sexed, then 2 cups worth, if it is quality dry food, should be sufficient for her dietary intake.

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    DA, I think it's more that it's ME that feels guilty about it, she's a large-ish dog, the others I have here of a similar size get 3-4 cups of kibble. But they are different breeds with different metabolisms, I need to accept that she has to have what she has.

    Plus I think I'm puzzled that she doesn't need more given the extra exercise she gets here - oh well, I'll just have to think of her in the way that I think of myself - I only have to smell food and it goes straight to my derriere!

    Okay, must not feel guilty, must not feel guilty....

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    Those big brown golden retriever eyes and that big sniffy nose and that horrible hunger that a lab or golden retriever gets - help me please, feed me feed me - no matter how much you give me - I'll always want more...

    You're not going to win, Greys are Great. Does she have a chew toy? Could you load food up into something that makes the eating of it slower?

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