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'Hearty Eater'...sorry, long post
Okay, I'll admit it, I'm worried that my dog is heading for a weight problem. I want him to live a long and healthy life. (He's 1 1/2 now.) I know weight can shorten lifespan and I don't want to do that!
I've never had a dog before, so am not sure what is best. And, thankfully, my dog has no health issues.
He was large for a Havanese as a puppy, so I was expecting him to grow, but he's now 17.5 lb.
I am feeding him a diet he LOVES (Westcoast Canine Life...maybe only available in BC, Canada???) with added veggies and salmon, which we catch. When we went away in the summer, he refused to eat kibble, which I could pack. He lost 2 lb.
I'm feeding in the am and the pm.
We do agility and canine freestyle and Tucker is more of a food reward guy than a play with a toy guy. But, he isn't a dog to beg at the table, etc. He's a really good boy!!!
So, my questions for you guys are .....
how do I know when he's becoming overweight.
I hear Havanese don't tend to overeat. Is this true?
Should I switch to one feeding a day?
I've been gradually increasing the raw veggies in his diet with his Canine Life Meat Patty, but his weight has continued to climb. So, how large can these male dogs get?
Thanks for any advice!!!