as soon as he can do it, up the exercise it will help a lot!
how old is he?
like humans the older they get the harder it is to take off weight
He's 7 1/2 years old (and recently got his first Old Man White Whisker!).
He'll be 8 on December 29th.
He's still super active, though, so it's not at all tricky to get him to want to go for a jog or a bike ride. If it's not sweltering hot, he can run full speed for about 2 miles before he starts to slow down.
If it IS sweltering hot, well, I don't even try to exercise him like that and we just take walks or slow bike rides.
His hips are likely mild arthritis or possibly throwback to the lymes infection the shelter told us that his last owner had informed them of when they dropped him off. He was treated for the lymes and is now vaccinated against it so hopefully he won't have too many flare ups due to that.
The main way you can see his hips might hurt a bit come in the form of, "won't jump onto things, even though you can see he really wants to, even if he's invited to jump onto said things."
We started adding raw beef trachea to his diet on a daily basis for glucosamine/chondroitin supplementation, so hopefully that will help out in addition to taking some weight off of him.
Whatever pain his hips have is pretty mild right now, though, as it doesn't affect his movement other than the jumping/standing up aspect. I'd like to keep it that way as long as possible as I've seen how crippling arthritis can be for dogs.