|02-15-2014 08:56 PM|
|02-14-2014 09:28 PM|
|RubyTuesday||Very true, Dainerra. I must admit I'm baffled at why so many people seem concerned the dog doesn't weigh enough & so few worry that s/he weighs too much...Especially when too heavy is far more prevalent & usually a real health concern. The concerns that dogs are 'too thin' often seem to be grounded in appearance rather than the underlying health. This seems to be true even with vets!|
|02-14-2014 08:19 PM|
|Dainerra||also, at 1.5 years old your girl has almost 2 more years of "filling out" before she reaches her adult weight.|
|02-14-2014 05:12 PM|
It sounds as though your lifestyle has helped you raise a happy, healthy, well socialized, thoroughly wonderful companion whose genetic code dictated 55 lbs rather than 70 lbs. Lucky, lucky girl to have such a life available to her! Lucky future pupster to have such a richly rewarding life awaiting him.
Personally, I don't 'try' to make puppies lean or plump. I feed em well, make sure they are growing & healthy, & let nature do her thing. *shrug*I took the same approach to my daughter's nutrition.
|02-13-2014 11:32 AM|
When I've been on active trips with dogs, camping, hunting, whatever, I may crate the dog for part of the day. That is, let them have a good amount of enjoyment and exercise, but keep the amount reasonable.
The amount may depend of factors like temp, age & condition of dog & what they are doing. Even if they are not doing much, but may get into trouble, a crate can be handy. Some dogs would almost run themselves to death, which has happened more than a few times with Labs.
In general dogs MUCH prefer to be with or near their owners. They would rather the owner came by every few hours & interact with them, than be put up at the local boarding facility. If the weather is right I have left the dog in the camper shell covered bed of our truck. I just made sure I came by often & tended to her needs.
One just has to stay aware of where one is parked.
|02-13-2014 12:20 AM|
Now if the dog already has bad hips or elbows, that's when I'd be a lot more careful with exercise. I'd imagine hard running and repetitive impact type exercise would make a dog with already bad hips worse.
|02-13-2014 12:10 AM|
|02-13-2014 12:06 AM|
|02-12-2014 08:01 AM|
during growth periods the dogs needs the building blocks of high nutrition , not to be rationed out -- there is a difference between skinny and well fed lean . This is when bone and cartilage and muscle are formed. Sometimes these dogs kept lean in an effort to help prevent hip problems are under nourished .
high value , high density , including fat which is necessary for digestion and brain health.
|02-11-2014 11:43 PM|
Let the puppy be a puppy. I never restrict anything. If the dog wants to run, let him run.
Restricting stuff like stairs or a little jumping around seems a little crazy if you ask me. HD or ED is genetic, so he's either going to have it or won't.
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