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    When Sal was on fresh meat I got her weight down initially by bulking her food up with veges as well. It worked well for a while then she got an upset tummy. Grated carrot was the one thing that didn't seem to upset her. The main reason I switched to dry was having a second dog with major food allergies. He always wants her food more than his own, and it was just easier (and cheaper) all round to take the temptation away from him (and not take the risk that one day while I'm not looking he'll actually get stuck into her dinner). Turned out she could eat more and maintain her weight on the dry so that's what we decided to do.

    I agree that you can get her weight down on any diet you choose to give her. It's vigilance on our part as owners that keeps the weight off . For me it was not allowing myself to feel sorry for my starving girl when she gave me those "I'm so hungry I could die mum" looks, and cave in with a treat or a bit more dinner tonight....

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    Ah, the "im so hungry i could die mum eyes", they're a killer, specially when your middle aged waste is expanding, and your eating the chocolate your dog is begging for.
    Im such a hypocrite.

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    I often feel a hypocrite too. My dogs are all so lean and trim and although pretty fit I could probably lose a few kilos from the middle aged waistline. LOL

    I also found dry did a better job for my overweight dog. I did try mince and vegies but she didnt do particularly well on that. Also it is very easy to keep a control of weight because you know the calories and the formula never varies. I now know exactly how much dry I need to feed to keep each dog looking good. My dogs know that I am totally immune to begging eyes but it is a different story when we visit mum. She is a soft touch and dont they know it.

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    Thought I'd give an update. I stuck with just weighing the mince. Took me a while to start doing this after I last posted here for some reason, but we've now done it for a couple of months. I give her 1.5% of her ideal body weight in mince. Actually a little bit less, but she also gets a little bit if dry food in her food dispenser toys.

    And it has worked quite well. She now has a bit of a waist again. She'll never look slender because she just has that stocky build. But she has definitely lost some of that baby fat. So now I'm slowly increasing how much mince I feed her to get to a good maintenance amount. Might take some trial and error, but I'm happy we got to this stage. I was really worrying about her joints because she has thin and fairly short legs that don't seem to match the rest of her body. Lol! She's a true mix and match mongrel.

    If we keep getting foster dogs, that will help her burn off more fat too.

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    Glad you have banjo's hour glass figure back lol
    weighing food is a odd behaviour isnt it. Especially when you're used to guess and get away with. I know with pohm doing a drastic diet to get her as skinny as we could pre surgery, weighing everything helped us heaps.
    Now the surgery has not been a success, im going to be weighing it for the her remainder time i guess. I feel awful, feeding bucket sized meals to the lads, and she gets a cereal bowl worth
    Wish i had the same rules for myself. i feel so empathetic i eat chocolate for her. coz im good like that.

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    I pre package Maggies raw into the split plastic trays I get from IGA and freeze them. When she got a bit portly after being sterilised I weighed the portions and cut back bones.All solved.
    It is easy to over feed using visual alone.
    As she is a working breed we use the ball thrower every day at the beach and she gets a lot of interval training in the process. We rest her every few minutes much to her disgust. Now we regularly check we can easily feel her ribs. I do get crabby when people say she is thin though, she is actually very lithe and fit, the vet thinks she is in great shape. i think much like people we tend see our dogs as thinner then they are just like when we look in the mirror and see ourselves as we choose too...lol

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    Frosty has recently been on a bit of a diet.

    When we're on kibble only - she gets what ever the pack recommends less 30% because she's desexed.

    When she is on a diet - I cut back by 10% - if that makes a difference - I stay on that amount - if it doesn't - I cut back 10% again. 20% is a lot to cut back at once - imagine if you ate 20% extra every day - how fast you'd get fat. People and dogs get fat just by eating a few calories more every day than they need, not necessarily by binging all the time.

    The feeling of being full or satisfied takes a little while to kick in so I use ways to delay or slow down the eating process. I put food into kongs and freeze it. Frozen "casserole" can take her a good 20 minutes to get out. The thawed stuff takes her about 30 seconds to eat 6 times as much. Sometimes I give her the main dinner portion - frozen too. And if we're on kibble - I put the kibble portion into a bob a lot. I usually give her three bobalot cap fulls with the casserole portion but if she's on a diet she gets less.

    bob a lot dog toy at vet and pet direct

    Or I can freeze kibble mixed with water - or just add a cup of water to the kibble in the dinner bowl. cos water doesn't have calories.

    And carrots don't have many calories either.

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    Banjo only gets kibble in her Bobalot or Kong Wobbler. She doesn't always eat it all. It is annoying when we have a foster dog to because then I have no idea who eats how much. I suspect Banjo eats more in that situation because she lets the pup do the work and just walks behind her to eat the treasure.

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