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05-14-2014 02:51 PM
huntergreen i have two fit dogs and one pudgy dog. all treated the same, or so i thought, seems number 1 daughter has a favorite and loves to give extra treats. lol.
05-14-2014 02:23 PM
Gwenhwyfair
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LOL. I am overweight by 35 pounds but my dogs are thin and in shape.

I've never had a problem with weight in that I could drop 10 pounds in a blink of an eye if I cut back a bit on sweets and carbs. Now it's more of a struggle and I am doing more portion control then ever. So it's not easy, I understand.

Your dogs do look great too! One thing I do often is compliment people who have fit healthy dogs.
05-14-2014 01:17 PM
sehrgutcsg The nerve of some people make me laugh.. I don't get mad. About 2 months ago I was walking Isabella, very young, I don't know the time frame born, 12-25-13. As, I walked around a blind corner was a girl with a dog totally out of control. She was on bended knee trying to control the dog, Bella, just looked on and was curious. Well the word's I spoke first were; "Would you like to cross the street, I will wait." I always' wait on small dogs, babies with Bella on sit command. She said something to the effect after I told her that her training was not working as the dog persisted to be unruling, she repied; Oh' you have a new dog so you don't know anything anyway.. I laughed and we went about our business..

If I was bothered by opinions, I would be frail, and nervous all the time..

"Go back to Europe lady !"
05-14-2014 12:38 PM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by Gwenhwyfair View Post
Come to think of it and this is just purely my anecdotal observations a lot of times seems people who are obese also have obese dogs.....
LOL. I am overweight by 35 pounds but my dogs are thin and in shape.
05-14-2014 12:21 PM
Chip18 Fat Labs and Pugs seem to show up the most frequently on TV shows I've noticed?
05-14-2014 12:13 PM
martemchik German dogs tend to be smaller than their American counterparts. German (show) dogs are many times within the standard height wise, but are bulkier/wider. American (show) dogs are taller and skinnier. I’ve yet to meet a WL female that’s bigger than 80 lbs…all the ones I train with are at most 70.

I know a lot of people that have trouble not feeding their pets. I’ve seen some really bad labs and they belong to a close friend of mine so I don’t say anything. They kind of know, but the mom is really bad when it comes to “puppy eyes” and keeps feeding the dog. I get really upset when I go there because the dog clearly has a problem even getting up to do something.

I've been at a dog park when a person told my 2.5 year old male (a while back) that one day he'll be as big as a GSD standing next to him. That dog was easily 32 inches at the withers and at 3 years old already struggling with HD. The lady that owned him knew that my dog was within standard and actually corrected the one that didn't know...but that lady purposely goes to a breeder that breeds those types of large dogs.
05-14-2014 12:13 PM
Gwenhwyfair Maybe so. To me that seems so counter-intuitive though.

Still, that's the first time I've ever said anything and I wouldn't have if the lady (who was pretty overweight herself btw) hadn't over reacted and been snippy with me.

Come to think of it and this is just purely my anecdotal observations a lot of times seems people who are obese also have obese dogs.....

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I have told my friend a million times that her dogs are overweight and that carrying all of that weight will eventually take a toll on her dogs' health. She would ignore my warnings and would tell me "they are both rescues and I don't want to deny them treats, I want them to be spoiled and loved." Her Min Pin is between 11-13 years old and is about 6 pounds overweight and she has random moments where it sounds like she has trouble breathing, she told me it's due to her being older. Finally the Vet told my friend that both of her dogs are overweight and now she believes it! HOWEVER, they are both still fat because she refuses to do anything about it.

She is one of the people that tells me that both of my dogs are skinny and that I should feed them more.

I think that people with fat dogs think that their dogs are healthy and that it's better to be on the heavier side than on the thin side.
05-14-2014 12:11 PM
Pax8
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Well I had an interesting exchange at Petco the other week. My guy is a WL OS GSD. 125 lbs, and his food intake is closely monitored he is just big!

The Petco employee had a GSD growing up she said nice looking dog..what's he weight, I said 125lbs, she said really?? Why so small!!

She said she had a GSD and he was taller and weighted 150?? I said really I asked if she had pictures and she said yes. Dog certainly looked like a GSD, I said it must have been a King Shepherd? She said no he was a GSD.

I let it go but..a 150 lb GSD?? I was kinda stunned, never thought I would hear someone say my boy was small??
Yeah, I've found the general view seems to be that GSD's are supposed to be Dane sized. I still laugh when someone tries to guess the age of my 60 pound, almost year old pup. He's definitely young, but I have people guessing three and four months. When I tell them he's nearly a year, they freak out and go on about how he's still got a hundred pounds of growing to do. I would hope not!
05-14-2014 12:07 PM
Chip18 Well I had an interesting exchange at Petco the other week. My guy is a WL OS GSD. 125 lbs, and his food intake is closely monitored he is just big!

The Petco employee had a GSD growing up she said nice looking dog..what's he weight, I said 125lbs, she said really?? Why so small!!

She said she had a GSD and he was taller and weighted 150?? I said really I asked if she had pictures and she said yes. Dog certainly looked like a GSD, I said it must have been a King Shepherd? She said no he was a GSD.

I let it go but..a 150 lb GSD?? I was kinda stunned, never thought I would hear someone say my boy was small??
05-14-2014 11:55 AM
LaRen616
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I really don't ever want to make anyone feel bad, I really don't and I sort a feel bad I made the comment about her dog being too fat.

I bet she's telling folks what a mean person I was too....but really that dog was SO fat I did feel sorry for it.
I have told my friend a million times that her dogs are overweight and that carrying all of that weight will eventually take a toll on her dogs' health. She would ignore my warnings and would tell me "they are both rescues and I don't want to deny them treats, I want them to be spoiled and loved." Her Min Pin is between 11-13 years old and is about 6 pounds overweight and she has random moments where it sounds like she has trouble breathing, she told me it's due to her being older. Finally the Vet told my friend that both of her dogs are overweight and now she believes it! HOWEVER, they are both still fat because she refuses to do anything about it.

She is one of the people that tells me that both of my dogs are skinny and that I should feed them more.

I think that people with fat dogs think that their dogs are healthy and that it's better to be on the heavier side than on the thin side.
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