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When Mushroom first came to live with us, she was so skinny you could count her ribs. I checked last week, and I have no idea where her ribs are anymore. It looks like we've been overfeeding the dogs. Oops.
Here are the things we've tried to prevent the dogs from becoming overweight, in chronological order:
- Swapping treats for carrots - this worked for Badger, but Mushroom refuses to eat carrots, so we went back to training treats
- Breaking training treats in half
- Using a mixture of treats and kibble for training
- Finally, using only kibble as treats (with some exceptions)
So far, so
Right now, we measure the amount of kibble we put in their treat bags (we use plastic ziploc bags), and then we estimate how much we've fed the dogs through training by looking at how much is left in the bags afterward. Then we decrease their meals by the amount that they've already eaten. Theoretically this should work, so hopefully we'll start seeing results (and waists) by next week.
What's your trick for keeping your dog at a healthy weight?