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    I weighed Curly today. He is 63 lbs and almost 7 months. Our last vet visit he was 57 lbs and the vet said to be careful of his weight because he was starting to look on the heavy side. So I was taking him on 2 mile walks per day and giving him 2 cups of food per day. I got him down to 53 lbs

    Then I went away on business for two weeks and left the husband in charge. He did not take him on any long walks and upped his food to 3 cups a day or so he says. He claimed that his daily wrestling with Curly was enough cardio. ::choose your battles:: Granted Curly's head did grow a lot when I was gone, so I will contribute that to his sudden weight gain.

    Needless to say, Curly put on some weight. I'm back in charge now and will be reducing his food back down to 2 cups a day and we will start our long walks again (plus playing throughout the day). Is there anything else I should do to get him down to a healthier weight? Should I be feeding him less than 2 cups?

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    Does his food have a recommended feeding guide by weight? I would follow those guidelines. Our bully lost about 10 lbs when we started him on raw food. (Bravo beef blend) He's almost 3 & he weighs 42 lbs. He is lean & muscle-y. The only exercise he gets is walking/running around the yard & sleeping! Lol


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    Cut back on kibble and add frozen green beans as filler. I sometimes do 3/4 cup of kibble with 1/4 cup GB's
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    Well, I cant help you because Im in a similar situation. I think Madame is overweight and I walk her twice a day and give her 2 cups of food as well per day. But my husband thinks she is fine and always gives her more food!
    The truth is that my vet said she must lose weight and everyone who sees her in the street says she is overweight. But the breeder where I bought her said that she is just fine. Who do I trust?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Cut back on kibble and add frozen green beans as filler. I sometimes do 3/4 cup of kibble with 1/4 cup GB's
    Thanks for the tip! I will try that and keep you posted. It might be difficult with the string beans because my Frenchton is a self declared vegetarian (he even eats Kale!)
    @hparker37 - Yup. We feed him Fromm's pork and peas and it's 1 3/4 - 2 1/2 cups food for a 30-50 lb dog. I wish I had the time and patience for a raw diet but with 3 dogs + 1 sick older cat + working FT I barely have time to feed myself some days! I wish we had a yard, and I've already requested to my husband that the next place we are stationed at that we need a yard. The walks though are fine because it gives me time to de-brief in the middle of my work day - and it worked for a while there. He just gained so much weight in the 17 days I was gone that I'm back to square one but with more to lose now. LOL I feel like I'm the one who gained 10 lbs.
    @carolandmadame this is a horrible example because it's not in an EB form but this is the way you can visually see if your dog is overweight. I would say my Curly is at the "overweight" part of the chart. Luckily he's still young and growing so we can put a halt to it.
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    [QUOTE=nubonics;460986]Thanks for the tip! I will try that and keep you posted. It might be difficult with the string beans because my Frenchton is a self declared vegetarian (he even eats Kale!)

    My bullies will only eat canned green beans, warmed up w/kibble & a bit of water
    for 30 secs in microwave. Try feeding 3/4 cup kibble twice daily with 1/2 cups green
    beans and 1/4 cup water & warmed (stimulates appetite). Good luck!


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    @nubonics thanks! I had seen this kind of example somewhere but I m not sure it aplies for bullies that s why I m so confused. But I would say Madame is heavy as well...I ll try to use a few tips in this post and to control my husband Thanks again!

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    @carolandmadame a good touch test is you can feel the ribs when you touch (and not need to press) but still not see the ribs when you look. Even though EB are stocky needs they should have defined muscles

    My other two dogs are perfect weight wise I swear Curly has a secret stash of food LOL

    @texascarol that's for canned food type. I feel like curly will eat green beans frozen though - he likes carrots and celery (we've been giving him veggies as treats) but if not I will try canned vega


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    Hi, you've already gotten great information from above members. I agree with reducing the food amount to either 1 cup twice a day, or to 3/4 of a cup twice a day, and supplement with green beans or other veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower or carrots. My two guys are almost two years old, and they both weigh 45 lbs. my vet says they should be 40 lbs as it is better for their health, and their joints as they get older. They seem to gain the 2 or 4 lbs in the winter months when they aren't out as much, due to the cold weather. In the summer we walk much more, and they run at the park every morning and evening, so they do lose it in the summer.
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    Here are a couple of Picsof Curly. He's on the borderline of being a bit too big. If I can get him down to 55 I think he will be perfect




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    @nubonics I feel the ribbs but I have to press a little bit yeah...I think she won't scape from diet....
    Thanks for the pictures - they are good for comparison - and the tips.
    @vikingirl broccoli and caukiflower - good idea !
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    Quote Originally Posted by nubonics View Post
    Here are a couple of Picsof Curly. He's on the borderline of being a bit too big. If I can get him down to 55 I think he will be perfect




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