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Need some help with indoor exercise ideas.

Lillie May

Good Dog
We took Molly and Buddie to the vet for routine exam & boosters at the beginning of the month. I've been worried about Buddie's weight for awhile now. But when he got weighed I was shocked! He weighs 69lbs & that's not lean weight. I asked the doc questions because I don't get it.

All 4 dogs are fed 2 measured cups a day, the other 3 weigh between 46-49 lbs. everything is the same. I don't over treat, no table food, same exercise, and yet he's fat! She said not to cut back his food and increase his exercise. Fine and dandy for right now. We live in Ohio, right now we're having record highs, so we can walk him twice a day. But it's not going to last!!

Buddie is a really low energy, laid back guy. He'll play all day long, has a daily zoomie around the back yard, but even his play is laid back. I'd appreciate any and all thoughts/suggestions. I'm going to check with friends to see if anyone has a treadmill. I'm not going to buy one if I can't get him on it.
 

Kit

Good Dog
I do a lot of obedience type stuff indoors, but unfortunately, that doesn't burn many calories.
When Rosie needed to loose weight (she looks GREAT at 68-69, but had crept up to 72), I cut her kibble in half and substituted it with fresh green beans. She LOVES beans, they are filling, but low cal. Once her weight gets down, then I slowly switch out the beans with her kibble again. She gets a bit less than one cup twice a day and coming up on 11 years old, I try hard to keep her weight down.

Depending on your house, you could do a little bit of fetch, or walking up & down halls, any movement helps.
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
I do flirt pole inside with a cat flirt pole. I started it years ago when I didn't have a yard. Now that I do have a yard, I can't get Bentley to be into it outside so we still do it in the house.
 

Madeleinemom

MS Bites, My Dog Didn't
Staff member
A friend of mine has a doggy treadmill in her garage to exercise her dogs, when the weather is non-cooperative.

A thought, alhtough I realize a probably pricey one :whew:
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
I do flirt pole inside with a cat flirt pole. I started it years ago when I didn't have a yard. Now that I do have a yard, I can't get Bentley to be into it outside so we still do it in the house.
I'm laughing at myself right now! You have no idea how many times I've told people this in the past two weeks. Yet completely never thought to take my own advice. Gawd!

Kit the vet doesn't want me to cut his food because he's taking in the same calories as the other 3. He weighs 20lbs more than Molly, she's 49lb. Duke weighs 48 and Midnight is 46. They all get 2 measured cups per day. Molly's 8yrs, Buddie's 3, and the others are 2. That's the part that's baffling to both myself and the vet. I also think that's why she doesn't want me to cut his food. Just in case it's a medical issue. He's got fat on him, but she said he's not obese. I agree, we all know what obese looks like. Plus none of them will eat green beans or carrots. They like apples and blueberries, but I rarely give them an apple slice. I freeze blueberries, each dog gets 2 or 3, once or twice a week. None of them have had any treats since our vet visit. Antlers only reward I'm giving.

Madeleinemom, I have room in my house for a treadmill. But, I know many dogs won't get anywhere near them. I want to see if anyone I know has one so we can test the waters so to speak.

if I have him run up and down stairs, how long and how many times a day? What about balancing? What works for what muscle groups? It's frustrating because we've never owned an overweight animal. Including when I was a free feeder. I'm completely out of my element here. Help!
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Can dogs have differing metabolisms just like people?

Of course they can. So Buddie would either need more exercise or less food. More exercise may not work for him if he's low energy and she can't find something to entice him to work harder.
 

FransterDoo

Big Dog
I would still cut his food. You won't be able to exercise off the excess calories he gets every day and the extra weight he is carrying.

Cut it back by 25% and up his exercise.

If you are stuck inside, try restrained recalls for some of his dinner. Toss a couple of kibbles across the room while holding him. Make sure he sees you toss them. Let him go. He runs to the kibbles. Rinse and repeat.

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Lillie May

Good Dog
Of course they can. So Buddie would either need more exercise or less food. More exercise may not work for him if he's low energy and she can't find something to entice him to work harder.
That's been my thought, he's probably a slower metabolism dog. The food is for active dogs. Guess I'd better see if Victor makes food for dogs that are slugs.

I'll try cutting it back and up the exercise. But I'm still looking for ideas. So far flirt pole and run for the food. Where are you guys? Lol, I honestly need more tips.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Is he into tug? A lot of writhing around like a gator can be a good workout for both of you.
Tug's his favorite game and mine to play with all dogs! I can tug all four of ours at once. Tug with 70 & 80 lbs plus dogs too. It's something we do all the time. I've been walking him around the house holding his front paws, while he's walking on his back legs only. For brief periods at a time, several times a day. I've also finally got him to balance with sitting up, butt on the ground front paws off.
 
It doesn't matter that the other dogs eat the same amount, it's obviously too much food for him. Right now my cubby doodle mutt is only eating around 1.5 cups tops a day and she's 65lbs but should be more in the 57-59lb range. The only kibble that my lab can eat two cups a day on is Acana light and fit, everything else she has to be at 1.5 cups and her ideal weight is 68lbs. There are some kibbles that my 130lb Dane only gets 3 cups a day of. Every dog and every food is different.


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Lillie May

Good Dog
It doesn't matter that the other dogs eat the same amount, it's obviously too much food for him. Right now my cubby doodle mutt is only eating around 1.5 cups tops a day and she's 65lbs but should be more in the 57-59lb range. The only kibble that my lab can eat two cups a day on is Acana light and fit, everything else she has to be at 1.5 cups and her ideal weight is 68lbs. There are some kibbles that my 130lb Dane only gets 3 cups a day of. Every dog and every food is different.


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Thanks Kayla, because that's the part I couldn't wrap my head around. I've started with the 25% reduction in food. If need be I'll cut it to 1.5 cups. First I'll give this reduction a long enough trial first.
 

Jazzy

GRCH Dog
I think I read in here that your vet didn't want you to substitute veggies for a cut in food...(?) not sure why, but that would be my recommendation - our vet has us do that with V. - that way they don't really *feel* the cut back in food b/c the veggies are healthy fillers.

Also we use the Fromm whitefish formula which is pretty low in calories - I was going to get their weight management formula but the gal in the store told me that there really wasn't a significant calorie difference and that the weight management was of lower quality than the 4 star line - which is the whitefish formula.
 
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_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Lillie, what Victor formula are you feeding right now?

What's his ideal weight? I'm curious about how overweight he is.

If he's just a couple lbs overweight, only increasing exercise will help him lose weight (but you'll have to maintain that increased exercise or he will gain it all back) but if he needs to lose 5-7+ lbs, a combination of less food and more exercise would be best, IMO.
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
This weight issue has been ongoing hasn't it? Have you considered having bloodwork done to check for a thyroid issue and I'm sure other issues where excessive weight is a symptom?
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
I feed them Victor HPP, and the vet would like to see him back at 62, I'd prefer 60, but I'll take 62 if he's solid. He's currently 69. Yes, he gained the most weight on Pedigree and me free feeding. I own both of those. Yes, I discussed running bloodwork if the other options don't get him to ideal weight.

Jazzy we did talk about veggies, because of it being discussed here. But I had to tell her he won't eat them. She said it wouldn't help if he won't eat them. If I threw in cat turds, he'd eat those. Cat food, oh yeah. Anything he shouldn't eat, he would. Veggies......"I'm not eating that, you've lost your mind for real this time, looney woman!"