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    Love this post, myf! One of the things I'm most passionate about is exercise for dogs, not only for physical health, but mental health also. Shockingly, our Bichon is scrawny despite how much he eats. I've had to cut Carl's food in half because he's starting to look porky...he has a slight waist and I can definitely feel his last few ribs, but unfortunately for him he has a long and low shape!


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    good post
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    My friend's dog is obese because he feeds him more food instead of limiting the dog's food. He said he can't bear hearing the dog's bark every time he tries to lessen the dog's food.
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    Ι wish my mother could read this..
    She believes that there is a bond between love and feeding without stop and I have to fight with her everytime not to feed secretly my dogs whenever she has the chance..Of course my dogs know very well how to manipulate her and when she is eating with us they put their faces on her knees looking starving and miserable..
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    I have the same problem with certain people. I just have to keep my dog away from them, even if it means she has to spend a lot of extra time on lead - including inside.

    I also have the same problem with a neighbour - originally from Persia - who doesn't eat anything herself but invite me over for coffee and then tries to feed me gigantic slabs of cake and many biscuits and gets upset when I don't eat it and then insists on me taking stuff home. I put the food in the bin and then I have to wash her plate up. Sigh. Must be the culture.

    Maybe you could give your mum some appropriate treats and teach her how to reward "shake hands" or other tricks. I want my mum to spend some time training my dog so my dog can stay over at her place occasionally but she doesn't get it. My mum is the opposite to my neighbour - no food for anybody or dog.

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    lol, ive got mates parents who are like that, in broken english i usually get the " you must eat more, you are to skinny" hahahaha, its very much a culture thing...
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    My Greek uncle is exactly the same. Your not allowed to leave until you have eaten way more than possible and the he brings out "The Grappa".
    I think thats how it's spelt.....bloody rocket fuel. Amazed he hasnt killed me with alcohol poisoning .....he cetrainly tries too.


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    Ahahahahaaaaa
    I certainly laughed a lot, yes you are right we are like that with our children , visitors, and pets ...(hopefully I am not..)!
    Alcohol poisoning, hahahaaaaaa !!!
    But not to be off topic..I have explained her a lot of times the problems of overfeeding them , but she feels that she is cruel to them when she doesn't give them anything. I have also give her dog treats that she can give but she overdoes it with these too. We always end up fighting over this
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    I had a friend whose dogs were always so fat. He used to feed them stuff like KFC and icecream. He once looked after my dog for a month. She weighed 23 kilos when I dropped her off and 28 when I got her back!!! Sadly two of his dogs died fairly young and always had health issues, but he still doesn't get it. He now still has a staffy who is also much chubbier than he should be. And I must add that he does exercise his dogs, but it doesn't compensate for all the human food they get.

    I don't get people who feed a dog from their plate. I cannot stand my dog even looking in the direction of my plate and will growl and look scary if she gets too close. Possibly not a good role model for a dog, but it works for me. I also only give treats in training. I just don't feel tempted to give them food just for the joy of seeing them eat it. Mind you, my dog always has dry food available.

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    I also have the same problem with a neighbour - originally from Persia - who doesn't eat anything herself but invite me over for coffee and then tries to feed me gigantic slabs of cake and many biscuits and gets upset when I don't eat it and then insists on me taking stuff home. I put the food in the bin and then I have to wash her plate up. Sigh. Must be the culture.
    That is cultural, it is incredibly rude not to give you food there and not give you something to take home. It's kind of rude not to at least have a bit too, its their way of showing that they would rather go without that another has something through their generosity. At least have a nibble or dont eat before you go lol

    Frankly I think animal obesity is abuse. And I dont see how some people, including veterinarians, see it as somewhat of a joke. If the animal has no medical cause, just the owner shovelling food down its throat constantly then I don't beat around the bush with people like that. It's our stupid culture of grain based feeding too that makes it more acceptable. I have never had a fat dog, my grandparents did, poor Angus the JRT x ACD, fatty fat fat. I kept trying to tell them, even bought him Royal Canin which stripped weight off him fast, but they put him back on supercoat because he ate more of that (hence put the weight on again)

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