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Well, I just thought I'd throw this out to the forum for some suggestions. Maybe Dave can help with this one. I feed my two dogs and my DD's two dogs the same thing - 1/4 cup Wellness Small Breed and a 1/4 of a Little Cesar, 2x per day. The other 3 dogs' weight is fine, but Kodi is too plump.

I have been slowly replacing the LC with broiled chicken, because I think it's better for them, than the LC. Also (and it's my fault), to get Kodi to eat when he was younger, I added a piece of freeze dried beef liver to his food. If I use the chicken instead of the LC, he doesn't look for the beef liver. He is 20 lbs and has love handles. How can I get him to lose weight. I know it sounds like alot, but he is the best at about 17 lbs. I also think a lack of exercise has something to do with it.


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Well, I just thought I'd throw this out to the forum for some suggestions. Maybe Dave can help with this one. I feed my two dogs and my DD's two dogs the same thing - 1/4 cup Wellness Small Breed and a 1/4 of a Little Cesar, 2x per day. The other 3 dogs' weight is fine, but Kodi is too plump.

I have been slowly replacing the LC with broiled chicken, because I think it's better for them, than the LC. Also (and it's my fault), to get Kodi to eat when he was younger, I added a piece of freeze dried beef liver to his food. If I use the chicken instead of the LC, he doesn't look for the beef liver. He is 20 lbs and has love handles. How can I get him to lose weight. I know it sounds like alot, but he is the best at about 17 lbs. I also think a lack of exercise has something to do with it.
Glad your spirits are up and Shelby's problem is manageable. I can't remember who here has and hasn't consulted with Sabine. But this is something for someone like her. Wellness is fine , but not Little Cesar .JMO. Just like humans , the idea is not a quick fix diet. But to do this right I would defiinitely consult with her. Yeah that is quite heavy in my opinion. Get him on a good program , Sabine will know. And once again this is not expensive. to consult with her. I just finished talking with Debbie < Jammies mom and she just did a consult with her and is quite pleased how much more energy Jammies has. Worth it , believe me. http://www.betterdogcare.com/?page=about

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Hi Michele. Sabine would be great. But I also have to say I have recently had great results just adding fiber. My boys are for the first time back down to the lowest they have been since they were a year old. Jasper is 17 lbs and my big boy Cash is just 18.2 (he was 24 at one point.) The biggest weight loss came when I started adding pumpkin and replaced 35 calories of their raw food with a NV grain free biscuit a night which is full of fiber as instead of grain they use chickpea flour. I swear by these biscuits and the boys really feel like they are getting a treat.

Also, I know you know, but what about treats? I love sharing this fact, but bully sticks have 29 calories an inch!

And I really hate to say this, cause I know what a pain it is...is it possible that Kodi needs a different food or amount than the other 3? Is he smaller, older, lower energy? When we tried wellness weight loss with Cash that was when he blew up to 24 lbs. he gained a lb in just one week.

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you've got that right Missy. We have to watch the treats. But you also have to follow the diet, and WEIGH them regularly and possibly adjust. Just like us , the pounds creep on. LOL

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you've got that right Missy. We have to watch the treats. But you also have to follow the diet, and WEIGH them regularly and possibly adjust. Just like us , the pounds creep on. LOL
LOL-- if only I watched myself as much as watched the boys!




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Well, I just thought I'd throw this out to the forum for some suggestions. Maybe Dave can help with this one. I feed my two dogs and my DD's two dogs the same thing - 1/4 cup Wellness Small Breed and a 1/4 of a Little Cesar, 2x per day. The other 3 dogs' weight is fine, but Kodi is too plump.

I have been slowly replacing the LC with broiled chicken, because I think it's better for them, than the LC. Also (and it's my fault), to get Kodi to eat when he was younger, I added a piece of freeze dried beef liver to his food. If I use the chicken instead of the LC, he doesn't look for the beef liver. He is 20 lbs and has love handles. How can I get him to lose weight. I know it sounds like alot, but he is the best at about 17 lbs. I also think a lack of exercise has something to do with it.
MY Kodi would have love handles with that much food too! He's about 16 1/2 lbs in fighting trim, so probably close to the same size as your Kodi. He gets lots of exercise because we do lots of training and take long walks (though not much walking at this time of year!) He gets 1 rounded 1/4 C measure of kibble (NB Organic) twice a day. That's it, except for tiny training treats, depending on what we're working on.


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Good luck and let us know what you did. 3 lbs is a lot of weight to lose. That is 15% of his total body weight!

My Aussie is a yo-yoer. She should weight 40 lbs but one extra piece of kibble and she gains 5 lbs. It has taken me six months to get her down two lbs.

Jack gets 1/2 cup of dry Wellness twice a day. I am thinking of reducing that a little because he isn't as growing as much anymore.

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I think there are a few factors in this, one being the slowdown in the amount of exercise he gets (my fault again) and the weather hasn't helped much. As for treats, the only treat he has is the piece of freeze dried beef liver in his food - 1 pc at each meal. No bully sticks, flossies etc, except on a rare occasion.

I also think switching to the Wellness had something to do with it. They were eating EVO Small Breed before that and he was about 18 lbs, no love handles. I think I will get in touch with Sabine and hope the weather gets better. We had wind gusts of 50mph today and it was only 38deg.


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I used Sabine for Scudder. I did what she recommended for Scudder, for Freddie as well. They both needed to lose weight. She was right on with the best diet for them. They get 325-350 calories of their food a day plus treats. They are now at their goal weight!! I can easily feel their ribs and they both have nice tuck ups!!!





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I used Sabine for Scudder. I did what she recommended for Scudder, for Freddie as well. They both needed to lose weight. She was right on with the best diet for them. They get 325-350 calories of their food a day plus treats. They are now at their goal weight!! I can easily feel their ribs and they both have nice tuck ups!!!
How's my buddy Freddie doing.? I think you mean 325 including treats don't you Linda.?

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