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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Overweight or Too big?

So a schutzhund trainer told me that she was a little to big...
Kono is 7 months and 62 lbs. He says she should be 50 lbs TOPS! Her hips are wider than her shoulder and her waist.. well there is none unless you really look! haha ok so I think she is a little overweight but the thing is everyone is like I like her fluffy and that skinny dogs are weird looking. Is she too big?





Anyway I have lessened her amount of food to 1.06 lbs and only giving her 1 meal a day. I am taking her on a walk for 20 mins and a run for 10 mins and she has even gained 3 pounds. So any other ways to lose weight?

She is a long haired so hair adds to it a little

FYI I've never posted pics before so tell me if they are too big so I can fix it fast thanks!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 11:24 PM
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Hard to tell from your pics. What kind of dog food are are you feeding? I would still feed twice a day, just less if you are feeding too much, also might try grain free food and check with your vet and they will give you a good idea if your dog is over weight.
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She is a pretty girl, but definitely needs to be slimmer. It is not good for the hips or elbows/any joints or heart, etc. to be overweight - especially a young dog.

Are you feeding raw? I assumed you are since you said the weight and not the cups, etc. you were feeding?

This is my female, she is about 66lbs at perfect weight - any more and I think she looks heavy.


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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 01:26 AM
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For this first year or so of her life, it's far, far better to have her be slightly too thin than slightly too heavy. A puppy who is a bit overweight significantly increases the likelihood that s/he will develop orthopedic problems (such as HD).

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It's hard to tell for sure from the pics, but she looks like a chunky monkey. I would still feed twice a day, but cut back on the amount fed and significantly increase her exercise.

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I am feeding raw. I've cut that down. I think next week I am going to give her MM in the morning then RMB in the evenings.

Should I cut the amount down more? Ill try to get out more in the afternoons but its starting to get cold so that will be a challenge...

Yeah I didn't have any of her from the top... But really no waist line. :c

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Overweight or Too big? New Pictures!

I just wanted to get you guys some better pictures of her. These were taking in the bath when her hair wasn't poofed out and its all slicked down so you can see her body the way it would kinda look with out her hair.







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So what do you think now??? She lost a couple pounds so she is down to 60 lbs now C:

Also I don't know how to make the pictures smaller... If you click on them they are huge so I wouldn't do that. If you want to see them bigger but not so big I think you can drag the pic up to your tabs and it will go into a new tab and show up.

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You should be able to feel her ribs easily - without having to press in on them.
I can't see the new pics, so can't tell.

She ought to have an "hour glass" figure when viewed from above.
I like our dogs slender, and not heavy at all, since it's so much easier on their joints and hips.
Puppies in particular need to be slender so their joints form well.
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You should be able to feel her ribs easily - without having to press in on them.
I can't see the new pics, so can't tell.

She ought to have an "hour glass" figure when viewed from above.
I like our dogs slender, and not heavy at all, since it's so much easier on their joints and hips.
Puppies in particular need to be slender so their joints form well.
hmm. why cant you see them? Yeah I don't know whether she is a good weight or not because she has a slight figure and its slightly hard to feel her ribs so... yeah but yet she still has some skin to fill out so its weird.

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Well with a pup you'd rather have them a bit "too slender" than a bit too chunky, again, for their health.

I can't see them as it looks like just a little square? Like the photo used to be there and isn't any longer. I don't know.
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