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.