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    Banjo's gotten a bit fat. It just crept up on me and now I'm a bit horrified that I let her get like that. I used to have a dog who had access to dry food all the time but her genes kept her looking bony. Banjo is a stocky kind of dog and will always look a bit chubby. But I can't feel those ribs as well as I used to. I think it's partly because she runs less since we moved out of the Labrador's place. And then got more treats when puppy was here. And helped him do things like rip open the bag of dry food while I was out and raid the bin.

    So I'll start with actually weighing how much I normally feed for dinner. At the moment I just guesstimate. What percentage should I reduce this by to achieve a gradual return to ideal weight?

    And for those with dogs prone to being overweight, do you weigh all treats given for training and subtract that from their dinner? What about dry food given in a kong Wobbler or treat ball and stuff? Do you weigh that before you put it in and then subtract that regardless of whether it's all gone before dinner?

    I'm not good at this stuff. I'm skinny myself and only ever had skinny pets!

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    My cattle dogs are prone to putting on weight. One got really bad when I had to leave her with my parents for awhile. Now all my dogs are lean. I only feed them good quality dry food, I found that was the best option for weight control having tried everything else. My dogs are all medium size and I use 2 cups of dry food a day as the starting point. I have adjusted this upwards and downwards slightly depending on exercise level and if it is winter or summer and also what they look like. My working dogs need a bit more. If they have treats I usually give a little less dry food. I feed them twice a day usually.

    In terms of reducing I would perhaps start with 20% and increase the exercise if possible. I found my overweight dog enjoyed apples as a treat so I always had a few cubes ready for her.

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    Thanks! I don't like just feeding dry food, but will reduce what I give her by 20% for now. And a bit less if I give her treats for trick training. We went through a whole hotdog the other day... Though that was an exception. I was bent on finally proofing that 'roll over'!

    I still exercise her the same as before, but she used to run around with the lab quite a bit in my friends' massive backyard during the day. Now daylight saving is starting, I will make more of an effort to take her for a second run after work. She will automatically get taken out more now summer is approaching anyway. I may just have to put her on a diet at the start of every winter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Thanks! I don't like just feeding dry food, but will reduce what I give her by 20% for now. And a bit less if I give her treats for trick training. We went through a whole hotdog the other day... Though that was an exception. I was bent on finally proofing that 'roll over'!

    I still exercise her the same as before, but she used to run around with the lab quite a bit in my friends' massive backyard during the day. Now daylight saving is starting, I will make more of an effort to take her for a second run after work. She will automatically get taken out more now summer is approaching anyway. I may just have to put her on a diet at the start of every winter!
    I wasnt a fan of just dry food either, but I have found it is what works best for my lot and it is very easy to control. My dogs have never looked better interestingly enough.

    I feed them a mix of a grain free product that friends of mine import and an Australian made non grain free but good quality product. They also get bones and some mutton from my own sheep from the freezer on a once weekly basis. I use dog roll as their treats which they seem to love. Chicken and cheese flavour.

    The main thing is though to cut down and find that balance point where the dog is maintaining a healthy weight and of course exercise.

    Yes a hot dog is a high calorie treat! LOL
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    Pre op Pohm care, in 2 weeks get her thin for her rehab. She lost 7kg in 2 weeks, from eating 1 cup of food only. Plus meaty bone every 2nd day.
    So that's a basic to let you know, how little will cause rapid weight loss yet be safe for her.

    My partner is a feeder (chef), who through her op saga, has taken to cooking for her LMAO. Extra roasties cooked on sunday, for Pohm! So i have a saboteur in my midst, you'll fare better without.

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    Yes 1 cup of dry food would do that. I did once drastically cut down a dogs food and she ended up developing a poo eating habit. I would gradually cut down the food if you have the time. Some people say that bulking it out with mashed pumpkin can also help so that they dont feel really hungry.

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    My old girl is prone put on weight. I too was horrified one day to find that she was 'suddenly' fat. It creeps up on you. Like Kalacreek, I now feed only dry. And like you both, didn't much like the idea either but it's been the easiest way and she's doing really well on it. Any treats or extras are strictly monitored and meals reduced accordingly. She maintains her healthy weight easily now (and having a puppy has increased her exercise levels and has helped alot too)

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    It's not that bad that it's causing her issues yet. And it's a recent thing too. So I have the time to do fix it gradually.

    It was funny when I met with that dog trainer recently and the first 30 mins we talked while Banjo sat in the car. And one of the first things the trainer said was that she needed to lose weight. But when I finally got her out of the car she immediately said: "She's not as overweight as I thought she was". It's that deep chest and broad shoulders... But definitely too much weight for her joints to support long-term now.

    I'll consider the dry food option, but I really like feeding her fresh food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    It's not that bad that it's causing her issues yet. And it's a recent thing too. So I have the time to do fix it gradually.

    It was funny when I met with that dog trainer recently and the first 30 mins we talked while Banjo sat in the car. And one of the first things the trainer said was that she needed to lose weight. But when I finally got her out of the car she immediately said: "She's not as overweight as I thought she was". It's that deep chest and broad shoulders... But definitely too much weight for her joints to support long-term now.

    I'll consider the dry food option, but I really like feeding her fresh food.
    I have a lot of working dogs and the dry food option works in the situation. Stick to the fresh food option if that what you prefer, she just needs a bit less and perhaps lighten up on the hot dogs LOL

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    Beloz, I got Ginnys weight down by grating raw veges
    and feeding 40/60 mince/vege (carrot-zucc-sweet potato).
    She is very similar build to Banjo, a stocky girl who will never look lean
    but now she looks fit and actually has a "waist" again.

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