How to get him to lose weight?
I'm at a loss on how to get my dog to lose weight. He's an 8 1/2 year old mixed breed neutered male. He was listed as a German Shepherd/lab/Collie mix when we got him from the pound when he was 6-8 weeks old.
I took him in today to be weighed thinking he's lost several pounds since we are pretty active (I walk him, since he can't run with me anymore. We go hiking and play outside in our 8.5 acre yard) and I've switched his food from Iams to Blue. He gets a cup in the morning and a cup in the evening. He whines horribly around 10pm for food so I give him about 1/4 of a cup and some carrots. He doesn't get treats, but occasionally I'll give him a bully stick.
So today he's gained 5.5 pounds since last December (12.5 pounds total since 9/20/11). He's had his thyroid checked and it's normal. He has a little bit of arthritis in his hips (his weight has a lot to do with this I assume) and he has a fatty tumor on his right side. I need to get him down to a healthy weight (about 70 pounds) but I've already been doing what I thought I should.
I'm hoping that once our puppy comes home (not sure when yet) it'll get him more active and help with a little weight loss.