: This is more of an owner.behavior problem then a dog.behavior
: problem. My parents have a wonderful mutt named Grizzly who was
: brought to them as a stray and never made it to the humane
: society. They've had her for 10 years and although she wasn't
: heavy at first, she started gaining weight after spaying. My
: father would feed her leftovers, share his snacks, etc. in
: addition to her regular dog food and now this dog that should
: weigh about 25 lbs. is pushing 50 lbs. She can't really run and it
: looks like even walking is uncomfortable. My dad insists he no
: longer gives her people food and she eats a commercial "diet" dog
: food. The vet has ruled out thyroid problems. Question #1: How can
: Grizzly lose some weight? Question #2: Once a weight-loss plan has
: been established, how can I can convince my dad to follow through?
: He really loves her but finds it hard to cut back her food because
: "she looks hungry". Please post or e-mail. Thank you.
My dog was overweight when I got her. Her previous owner
had her on a free feed program, plus doggie buscuits. Her program here
is that she eats once a day in the evening. She gets commercial dogfood,
usually, but also chicken and left overs. I feel that a bit of variety
if fine. She***s out all of my pans before I wash them. If I have a
pan with a lot of drippings, I just add a slightly reduced amount of her
regular dogfood in this pan. She seems to enjoy this variety.
The trick is to feed her just once a day, and then only the amount that
she will eat right away. Occasionally, she won't be so hungry, and will
leave some dogfood in her dish overnight. If there is still dogfood in
the dish the next day, I don't feed her that night.
My dog's diet is relatively high in fat, I'd say. The weight came
flying off of her however! When she first came here, everyone commented
on how fat she was. She's in TOP shape now!
It's difficult to change household habits, but I'd tell your dad to
save her treats up in a covered dish that can stay in the 'fridge all
day. They can then feed her any left overs in the evening. She's a
small dog, so what I'd do is go ahead and give her the leftovers, but
hold back on the dogfood. Save the dog food supplement for days when
there are no leftovers.