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    We take our skiff out and paddle the river with dogs swimming along side. Its a great summer workout for the dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breck View Post
    Easiest thing for extra exercise.
    Buy a Treadmill like a ProForm from Costco or whatever. Just needs to be Long Belt 60" and speed adjustable in 1/10th mph.
    Get dog on treadmill, stuff bumper in mouth, bump speed up to 3 mph give or take, go take shower & shave, come back in 20 minutes, done.
    After a little intro training none of my dogs needed leash and would jump on treadmill wanting to go. After a few times of leaving room to get coffee I realized they would ignore me and keep running. Then I thought I don't need to sit there for a half hour so spent the time showering for work. 1/2 hour on treadmill is like a good session running marks.
    I also use a treadmill, slow trot with varying amounts of incline. I don't leave the dog unattended on the treadmill.
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    I take the dogs running with me (unless it's too hot) They particularly enjoy trail running, where I can take them off leash. If it's too hot swimming/fun bumpers may be only option for mine. They also do lots of walking with me.
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    The dogs also don't mind trotting on a treadmill, especially if I am nearby riding my bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Marshall View Post
    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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    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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    Ditto what the above posters said. If the dog is too fat, cut the food quantity until they are at the weight where you wan them to be, then increase slightly to maintain. Don't worry about counting calories, just feed LESS! The heat also affects dogs in their energy levels, and some will eat slower or less amounts because of it. I find mine rather irritable about this time of year as well due to temps, a lot harder to keep a kennel happy than in spring or fall.
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    Doesn't matter how much exercise you give them if they are overfed. Much like people. I say this because I know, (from myself)
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    Has she had a heat cycle lately? If so, she might be having a false pregnancy which usually results in unexplained weight gain. Had it happen recently after a failed breeding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen Marenich View Post
    Doesn't matter how much exercise you give them if they are overfed. Much like people. I say this because I know, (from myself)
    Haha! Was just thinking the same. A friend of the family's used to have a saying that he/she is too fat because they EAT TOO MUCH!
    I personally think it's easy to maintain my dogs' weight. Just feed less. I once took back a 7yo who was tipping the scale at nearly 100#. Dog should have been 75#. My vet told me to feed 3/4 C twice a day, that dogs do remarkably well w/ "crash diets". And he did. Actually I think his new owner decided 72# was ideal. They probably were able to level off at ~2C a day in the end. Some just use their food much better than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windycanyon View Post
    Haha! Was just thinking the same. A friend of the family's used to have a saying that he/she is too fat because they EAT TOO MUCH!
    I personally think it's easy to maintain my dogs' weight. Just feed less. I once took back a 7yo who was tipping the scale at nearly 100#. Dog should have been 75#. My vet told me to feed 3/4 C twice a day, that dogs do remarkably well w/ "crash diets". And he did. Actually I think his new owner decided 72# was ideal. They probably were able to level off at ~2C a day in the end. Some just use their food much better than others.
    I believe this is the reason to adjust the amount per dog instead of a one size fits all...Steve S
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