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    How do you exercise your dogs on days that you don't train. Reason I ask is because I have a four year old that I can't seem to get weight off of. I train 3-4 days a week and use a chuck it to throw tennis balls the days we don't train. Anyway, I have also noticed a slight decrease in her training attitude recently. Maybe too many fun tennis balls? Thinking I may just start running her around the yard (with a ranger) to exercise her, but wanted to hear what y'all do. Thank you
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    The ranger is a great idea, but I would also look at possibly her thyroid due to the decreased training attitude. I would also decrease The amount of her foods, or switch to a lower fat food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boyetthunter View Post
    How do you exercise your dogs on days that you don't train. Reason I ask is because I have a four year old that I can't seem to get weight off of. I train 3-4 days a week and use a chuck it to throw tennis balls the days we don't train. Anyway, I have also noticed a slight decrease in her training attitude recently. Maybe too many fun tennis balls? Thinking I may just start running her around the yard (with a ranger) to exercise her, but wanted to hear what y'all do. Thank you
    Exercise never hurts but you are training a fair amount. I would consider looking at your dogs food/feeding schedule. Feed for the weight that you want the dog to be, not for the weight that the dog currently is. Just doing that with a high quality feed and moderate exercise (which you are already doing) should be all that you need to do barring any health issues like JusticeDog suggested.

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    Thanks for the replys. I had her thyroid check 3 weeks ago and was completely normal. At the same time I decreased her food from 2cups 2x/day to 1.5cups 2x/day. I also had her ears checked thinking it could be due to ear infection,but that was clear also. She has stayed at 60 lbs the whole time I have had her until recently she went to 65lbs and can't get her to drop it. I feed her the new 26/16 pro plan performance. I was feeding the 30/20 pro plan until about 2 weeks ago.
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    Weight is something I am always thinking about. First I change their food from 32% protein, 18% fat to a 26%, 16% in the off season. I check their weight and if they are still gaining, I will cut their food 1/4 cup at a time until they are losing. I will stay there until I reach what I want, then bump it 1/2 cup to maintain.

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    Another thing too. She has started eating alot slower. She used to gulp down all her food pretty quickly but since I picked her up from the vet, after having her boarded for 5 days, she will leave some food in the bowl which isn't like her at all. But I will try to cut her back a little more. She gets 3 cups/ day total right now.
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    Regarding the exercise part of your question, swimming is great exercise and easy on the joints. My husband and I take the dogs to a large pond. He stands on one side and I stand on the other and we just call them back and forth. They love it, and it's easy on their brains. Do you think she might be slowing down a little bit just because it's summer, hot and humid? Mine eat less and have less enthusiasm on hot days.
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    Very possible! But she just doesn't seem her normal outgoing self haha. Hopefully it will improve in the upcoming weeks
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    On days I am working and not training, when humid, I have been getting up early and bike with them. I take one at a time. Great exercise for you and the dog. I also put my older guy on ProPlan Weight Management. He has lost 5 lbs.
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    All dogs use their food differently. Just like training, feed the dog in front of you, not the one on the bag (or in a book). My crew has 5 acres to run on and believe me, they sprint the 300+ yds at times to the bottom, but I still have 3 that do just fine on 2C a day (if not less for the oldest).

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