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Well after taking some photos of her today on her walk that I will be uploading to here and being told she was 'plump' by the trainer at training today, I feel like a bad owner and need to put Summer on a diet! She has always been a big girl and did get fatter which we managed to get her to slim down again abit but now she just seems bigger again and I feel horrid!! Shes from show lines so shes never been the slim slender type and at 8weeks weighed around 8kg I think and put weight on a KG a week for awhile. I know my girls big but now I feel horrible for letting her put her weight back on, although I think it started when we started going training every saturday as she doesnt get many treats at home but makes up for it at training.

Ill upload some photos in abit of her now and some of them she looks HUGE! :(

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You are not a bad owner!

It's very easy for weight to creep on. My Callum had to go on a diet. We simply gave him a little less than he needed - the weight came off, it took nine months, but better slow and steady imo.

No sneaky extra treats either mind - hehe!

It's soooo much easier to lose weight for your dog. I wish someone would do it for me! lol

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I just feel awful because she does look massive in some of the photos, i do think tho it is since training classes started as she has more treats then then she does all week! Next saturday is the last training for 2 weeks over christmas so I hope I can get a tiny bit off her in that time
 

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I couldn't remove treats from Luna's life, she adores them and works for them so well!!! I did get into the habit of halving each biscuit/tiny slice of hotdog etc so that she gets a tiny nibble rather than a whole cocktail sausage or gravy bone like other dogs I see at training!

I also knocked her food down a quarter. Instead of getting a mug full she gets 3 quarters of a mug full. This has stayed her maintenance dose now. I don't have to worry about restricting her from titbits and leftovers and treats from other people.

I got her from just under 26kg to just under 21kg doing this and maintain her around the 21kg/22kg mark nowadays depending on the amount of swimming she does.

The benefits are ENORMOUS! She has HD and ED so I can't let her get overweight as then I would accuse myself of cruelty. She is more active, more loony and can lead a more normal life when her weight is low. I'm quite no-nonsense when it comes to weight now... it's simple... FEED THEM LESS!!!
 

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Thanks Laura, I also do cut her treats in half rather than a full one and did cut her down on food before but she started snatching everything like she had never been fed, I must measure the amount of food I give her now but its only a small cup full think it works out just less than half of the measuring beakers you get in pets at home and places twice a day (we have a really small cup that I got from woodgreen in the cat section ;) so use that)
 

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Oh Luna is very badly behaved around food... especially when it comes to cakes on picnic tables at GTs :oops: :oops: :oops:

But I treat that as bad manners not hunger as if I think back her behaviour was like that before she lost weight and it is probably easier to just apologise and say it's because she's hungry when she's on low rations!! I tether her up out of reach of the cake nowadays! And grabbing is a matter of consistently training her not to snatch!

So again I've learnt to be no-nonsense with myself to benefit Luna. She's not hungry when she snatches, she's rude!!

I promise that I have never yet seen her ribs show through her fur and that she has a blanket over her ribs. There is still a 'spare kg' there that she can eat up if sick or ill.

When I was told Luna could do with losing a kg or two by her specialist I did think initially it was impossible and unneeded... I then challenged myself to think differently... if she could gain by me maintaining my discipline over her food and weight then what did I have to lose by giving it a try?! If she lost too much weight then lucky her! She can eat a few Jumbones to put it back on! As it happens the gains in her lifestyle and activity and general well-being were obvious as soon as her weight lessened. I go out of my way to ensure she swims when she needs 'resting' from walking or looning and she needs less anti-inflams when her weight is at it's lowest.

The benefits of maintaining a low weight have got to be the same for even seemingly healthy jointed dogs - surely?
 

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Definitely not a bad owner, it's so easy to do!

Couple of things, as well as watching her food it may be an idea to increase her exercise so she burns off more food. Look at things like swimming, walking up hills and getting her running around more. These will ales help build up muscle, which burns up more calories just by being there ;-)
 

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I do think so! Summer will be on a diet from now on and hopefully I can get the weight shifted! I do feel awful as it wasnt until todays photos I truely realised! The photos are up on here now and some I think ok you could shift a little and others its like Wooh you need to shift a lot! lol. I will get miss porky down abit, and hopefully by the GT on the 21st she will have slimmed a tiny bit, I have to say I was suprised at training today when she left the cheese on the floor infront of her until I said she could have it (the trainer was like you need to hold her tight she will lunge instantly! and she didnt!)
 
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