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Old 16-03-2016, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have we done this before for our furbabies?

I know there was the human one for a while, not sure if it was a success.

Anyway whilst I am waiting for Suzies results for her infection we do have the on-going weight issues, poor girl seem to be struggling with the food reduction that I imposed a few weeks ago, and since we have been less mobile last few days there has been no loss [had a weigh in at vets today 29.30 kg, not good].

What we have done for last 2/3 weeks is dropped her kibble measure from 140x2 per day, to 112x2 per day with a top up of chopped carrot [yes I know there is sugar in carrot ].

Please if you have some good ideas/tips to help with her craving for food could you share.

The poor little *** is struggling and I feel very sorry for her as I cannot think of anything else that would make her tummy feel full and reduce the flab.

You never know Suzie could be the next winner of fight the flab with your help, so please please share any tips too get her back to her ideal 26kg [or less] but we may not tell her that.

So if you have done it without changing basic kibble, and imposing huge exercise regime, please share.

ps- I know Laura did it for Luna and was very envious, but am at a loss to see how she managed it.

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Luna loves the process of being given food whether it is a tiny pinch or a huge chunk.
I am also very mean!
Luna gets 70g x 2 a day. She'll get 20g of that in a Kong in the morning. She'll get a handful in the snufflemat too.
She'll get a small rawhide twist after a meal. She'll get 1 or 2 filled Kong in a day containing yoghurt/cottage cheese/rice/potato.
She'll get tiny pieces of schmako or similar on walks for heeling or recalling. She'll get high value treats like hotdog pieces at any training classes or competition days and I don't hold back from giving her small titbits like half a chip or a piece of diced chicken or a crisp.
She seems used to this. She isa complete pest out and about if she finds another dog owner with a treat pocket but she always was when 5kg heavier!
She maintains around 20-22kg on this depending on how much exercise/swimming she can do.
Seeing her activity level and stiffness decrease has been enough to make me make sure she stays low.
Tucker has a similar regime to maintain around 25-26kg.except he gets 90g X2 of food and more walkies and probably slightly bigger treat sizes!
Good luck Suzie!
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Old 17-03-2016, 09:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Millie was 27kg when I got her at almost 2 years old...by just managing her portion size (of a good quality food) and increasing her exercise massively (to fit with what I want to do) she now happily sits at around 22kg. She's more curvaceous than my boys, she's greedier, less naturally active and more prone to weight gain (she's very much like me!!) but I just weigh out her portion and that's it!
I think it's a life long concern for her, though, as she's the sort to only have to look at food to gain weight, bless her.

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Old 17-03-2016, 10:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry, not helping your weight loss cause here, but what I find interesting how little some are feeding their dogs. Not saying it's wrong, as I know all foods and different, just find it interesting!

You're feeding a good top end kibble. My first ever dog (no longer with us! ) was fed on tinned chappie and pedigree mixer, half a tin and a couple of handfuls of mixer twice a day, so probably about 6-700g a day. My two now are raw fed, and both the 2 year old and pup are getting 800g of meat per day. Neither of them are fat, my boy weighs in at 29kg and is pretty lean, the pup I'm not worrying about as she looks good and is growing well!

So like I said, not helping your weight loss cause, but just find it interesting that similar dogs are getting such varying amounts. From close to 200g to 800g of food per day.
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Old 17-03-2016, 11:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Angela, I will persevere with the food reduction and avoid too much eye contact with her . Hopefully I can up her exercise when her infection has cleared up, and maybe try and get her swimming again, she did manage to swim with Mischa previously but has avoided it since her aches and pains increased, she is always happy to watch and greet Mischa in the shallow.

Following Laura's advise I have retrieved the Kongs from shed and thoroughly washed them, am making a list of low calorie filling.
The biggest hurdle with the Kongs is teaching Suzie and Bruno the patience to figure out how to get the stuff out.

In the early days I bought a variety of Kongs for them, but it was quite a pathetic sight and sad to see them struggle with no gain, [ Mischa never had a problem as she had them from puppy hood ] I eventually put them away as they were left laying around and Mischa just went round cleaning them up one at a time.
Last night I just put a few kibble in to get them interested and Mischa took hers quietly to her bed and played until empty, Suzie and Bruno got in a right tiz woz, they have no idea, they looked at Mischa and tried to copy her, then just let her pick theirs up and take them to her bed one at a time till she had cleared the lot, so Mischa had a bumper supper and went to sleep satisfied, they went to bed but not so satisfied.

Must add it was only a very small amount of kibble.

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Millie has been known to bring her Kong to me because emptying it herself is too much like hard work!!!

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