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Yes, if so, how often. 47 55.29%
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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Do you Monitor Your Hav's Weight?

Do you monitor your Hav's weight? With all the snacking that we love to give our Hav's and those precious eyes staring back at you...how can you resist?

So, here is another poll. This is a poll for Hav's who are at least a year old and who have become stable in their weight.



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I do monitor Dexter's weight every 3-5 days. I want to make sure we do not over do the snacks and treats especially when Dexter is not eating the provided main meal.

I monitor my weight, which I really do not care at this point....but, as soon as my weight is done....Dexter is standing right beside me waiting to be picked up so he can be weighed too.



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I have always weighed my dogs monthly, right before dosing with their Interceptor and Advantix. I was shocked to discover that Murray has gained 2.5 lbs since we got him 6 weeks ago. Guess I need to either walk him more or cut back on the treats....

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I have always weighed my dogs monthly, right before dosing with their Interceptor and Advantix. I was shocked to discover that Murray has gained 2.5 lbs since we got him 6 weeks ago. Guess I need to either walk him more or cut back on the treats....
How old is Murray? Pups under a year are suppose to gain weight. I wanted Dexter to gain weight when he was younger because he felt so fragile.



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Here are Dexter's weights.

11 weeks: 4 lbs
15 weeks: 6 lbs. 2oz
17 weeks: 6 lbs. 8oz
25 weeks: 8 lbs. 10oz. (6 months)
30 weeks: 10 lbs. (7 months)
9 months: 11.2 lbs
12 months: 12 lbs.

Breeder said Dexter would be 12 pounds when grown.



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Nope- I don't monitor their weight. My adults eat 2x a day- I place a big full bowl of kibble on the floor and when all of them have eaten (they take turns in pecking order!) I pick up the bowl.
My puppies eat 3x a day, same thing, put a big bowl down and let them eat what they want, pick it up when they are done.
I don't have any picky eaters- they all eat their fill at each meal. Havabrat is a little on the chunky side, but I don't worry about it. Daisy and Stella are great weights too. Emmy is a bit chubby too, but she is a great eater when she is nursing her babies and takes a while to get the weight off.
I don't feed my dogs any snacks/treats. They do get chewbones on a regular basis.
It seems to me that the more people freak about how much their Hav is eating and if they are overweight or underweight is when they end up with a picky eater.


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I don't but that last time I was at the vet she said Gitter was 1/2 a lb too heavy (1/2 a pound...I should be so lucky)! I know it is from the treats he gets when he goes potty but I am still struggling with that portion of his training.
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I think several times a week is a bit too much as their weight fluctuates but I try to weigh them one a month or so. Also, I don't think all havs should weight the same. There are so many that are built differently. Dora should never weight what Dash does and vice versa.

I do agree with Katie as I gave into that underweight picky eater mentality and when I finally stopped being neurotic so did my dog-imagine that! (BTW, this took me 2 underweight dogs to learn!)

On the other hand, Dora is about a 3/4th pound overweight compared to when she was 2 years old but maybe that should be her natural weight? I am not sure. She will often try and eat till she gets sick and has always had this issue with food. Belle and Dash will walk away when they get full. Dora seems to have good amount of energy and I did take her for individual walks for awhile but I try to scale her back a bit on the cookies. She is just as enthusiastic if I break the cookie in half! Belle is back down to her weight to, not sure what it was but I thought she was gaining weight and when I finally weighed her, I was right.

Dash could still gain some weight and basically, he gets to eat how much he wants. I no longer play the game of here is something else. I do try and give him lots of cookies too but the boy just wears it off. He has his training we do but if I let Dash he would go in and out the door at least 50 times a day. He runs around the backyard patrolling every chance he gets.

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I usually just wait for the vet checkups to check his wait. I feed him a half cup of food twice a day, along with boiled chicken for treats and 2 little treat bones. When he gets heavier, I know the kids have been slipping him too much of their foodso I tell them to slow down.
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Hi Linda,
Murray is a rescue, so we aren't completely certain but the vet thinks he is around 2 years old.

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