FitDog Friday #4 – Weigh-In


Normally people gauge their dog’s fitness by their waistline and ribs. I do it by using Mr. N as a dumbbell. Not really but I do pick him up multiple times a day and I felt a difference.

I asked the significant other if he thought Mr. N had gained any weight and he replied in the negative. I still thought something was off so I took Mr. N to the vet and had him weighed. The vet tech told me that he was borderline fit/slightly fat and he should lose half a pound or so. Which means that he should probably lose another half pound on top of that to reach sport dog weight. 
It’s a hard balance between leaving enough body fat so that he has a reserve for when he gets sick and keeping him slightly underweight for health and sport purposes. 
I blame the weather. We’ve still been going on walks everyday but it’s so hot and humid that our walks have been shorter (Portland broke a heat record!). I cut back his food slightly and I’ve tried to up his exercise. So far he has lost three ounces in about two weeks. His next grooming should also help. I weighed him once after a grooming and he was a third pound lighter! 
I taught him during our shaping exercises how to weigh himself. So now when he sees me pulling out the scale, he will go sit on it.

He made a new friend today and the two of them spent a half hour wrestling. I wonder how many calories were burned during wrestling. 




8 Responses

  1. Ruckus Eskie

    September 13, 2013 6:30 am

    Oh my gosh! I gained 5-6 lbs without my sapiens knowing over the past month! Little did they know, their father was sneaking me 5-8 treats this whole time! They found out the secret and put a stop to it. Now my sapiens are taking me to go running quite a lot. Go FitDog Friday.

  2. SlimDoggy

    September 13, 2013 1:56 pm

    Mr. N – you are just pretty adorable. I know men don't like to be called adorable, but you stepping up on the scale is adorable. Great wrestling match – that burns a ton of calories, so good for you – start on that weight loss immediately! THanks for dropping by the Hop.

  3. Leah kirby

    September 14, 2013 4:11 am

    Aww poor Mr.N he is gaining the good old hibernation fat XD. Kirby could make him loose half a pound in a day,by just jumping all over him and getting him going 🙂


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