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Old 10-04-2006, 03:24 AM   #1
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I have done the unforgivable - I have let my puppy get overweight!

I know how and why I did it - she was teething and I put anything and everything into her mouth to stop her chewing on my furniture and me!

Now I have to get her weight into line.

She loves to "crunch up" on frozen vegetables. In fact she goes for them first - before her "very" carefully measured kibble.

I just wonder how I can do it carefully, so that she still gets all the nutrition she needs.

She absolutely loves raw pumpkin - frozen beans - frozen peas. A bit of apple and bananas. And of course good meaty bones, either frozen or just fresh.

We walk three times a day - not big walks - about 10-15 minutes each.

I don't want to hurt my dear little girl, but at training school, the trainer commented on how much weight she had gained!

All your help and advice would be appreciated.

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Old 10-04-2006, 08:22 AM   #2
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Aww bless her, I would just cut the treats out and see if that helps. I thought my pup was overweight. a adult lhasa apso is supposed to be 7.5kg he was that big when he was 6mo and now 1yr he is 9.5kg i asked the vet and she said he is fine just a big boy very long. What kind of dog do you have, and how old is she? sorry can't be more help xxxx
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Old 10-04-2006, 08:56 AM   #3
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Don't worry too much (easy said, I know) because as soon as she gets a growth spurt on it will probably even out.
I've been battling with my rottie's weight for the last year or so, the diet gets stricter and stricter (and I think Daddy's treats get bigger and bigger when I'm out of the way...)

The easiest way of monitoring her food - weight out her kibble first thing in the mnorning - that is ALL she is allowed all day. If you do a training session, the treats come out of that kibble. It's easy to slip a treat here and there and forget about it.

Bulk up her food with the veg, that should be fine, but not too much of the brassicas - in large amounts they can be harmful (and also rather smelly in the gas department) remember with the fruit that contains a high level of fructose - sugar is sugar so cut down on those too.

If you want to add anything else to her meal - leftovers for example, then cut the kibble to allow for it.

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You may actually find the kibble is the main problem. I have always found that even for my very active dogs who do far more exercise than your average dog (they run with the horse) the recommended amounts of kibble by the manufacturer were just too large.

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10-15 minute walks is not very much. I would increase it to at least 30 min at least once a day if not more.

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We don't know the age or breed of the pup though, so 15 mins may be a sensible precaution.

Personally I wouldn't cut out the healthy treats like the frozen veg and bones, just adjust the kibble accordingly.

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My girl is a Border Collie (mum) x Cattle DogxKelpie (dad) and she is six months old.

When I say we go on 10-15 minute walks, I mean 3 times a day and they are usually fairly brisk walks.

Along with that, are the training sessions each day - they are usually in our backyard, but are at times at the dog park or the local field we have access to.

The treats are kept to a minimum now, but for her to graduate from "basic training", I have to get her to perform a "trick" as well as the usual sit - drop- stay - come etc. That is where the treats come in. I've just about taught her to "crawl", but without a treat, she's hopeless! The awful part is that she does some lovely stuff at home that I can't present at the school. Things like bringing in the mail, or picking up her toys and placing them in the basket each evening before we go to bed (that's a real ritual now).

Oh well, if she doesn't graduate this time, it will be next time.

What I was concerned about though was if the frozen vegies were harmful. I haven't noticed any difference in her poos, and she does seem to chew them better when they are frozen.

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No, the veggies being frozen shouldn't make any difference at all - I freeze rope toys soaked in broth for mine, they love it. She probably quite likes the coldness - at 6 months she's possibly still teething

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Well if you need tiny treats, borrow some from the cats. Dogs usually like them and they are VERY small.
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No, the veggies being frozen shouldn't make any difference at all - I freeze rope toys soaked in broth for mine, they love it. She probably quite likes the coldness - at 6 months she's possibly still teething
That is a fabulous idea!!

I will try Alfie and Bandit on this.
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