Brandy wrote:snoopsnoop wrote:And to add to my above post, not to offend, but if you wanted your dogs to gain muscle mass, it would help if you shaved a few pounds off them first.
How much are you feeding them? How often?
How often do they get table scraps?
Do they have any sort of workout regiment?
LOL No offense taken! Those pics do not do babies any justice, I really need to get better pics of them. They really aren't fat dogs. Especially Yava.
They have access to approx. 14 cups of dry kibble (Nutro Natures Choice for large breed) all day long, along with plenty of water. And that is between the 3 of them.
Rarely do they get table scraps. Hubby might sneak it to them I'd say every 3 or 4 months when he forgets that this is forbidden since my Uma (wolf hybrid) died of cancer after 16 years of the addition of table scraps to his kibble.
Nope, no workout regiment. Especially since my bout with the big C 2 years ago, and now the battle with arthritis & fybromyalgea. My poor babies' only regular form of exercise is the back yard which is not that large. By the way, I'm the one that needs to shed the pounds off, and I will be working on it as soon as my rhemotologist gets me back up on my legs.
You are absolutely right I have no right expecting anything better then what they are.
14 cups between the 3 of them is a lot! of food!!!! I would recommend not free feeding and feed them individually. It will cut down on resource guarding and other behavioral issues that may arise as they get older and mature. My dogs eat no more than 2 cups of food a day. They get a cup in the AM and a cup in the PM. On days that I work them, I give them a little more so I can work them harder and not waste away at what muscle I have put on them.
Everyone here has their own idea of what constitutes a "fat" dog. Some like the AKC AmStaffs and consider that the perfect weight for a dog, others like the UKC weight for a dog and others like the ADBA-style and conditioning for their dog. I'd be in that last category. So while I have nothing against those who have dogs at AKC or UKC weight, to me, they're chubby dogs. Then there are the dogs that are grossly outside of any of the above standards and they are just fat. ha. I'd say your dogs are in between UKC and AKC weight.
You say you have a smallish backyard... Can you stand on your own at all for any length of time? What about the husband? There's a really easy way to shed the excess pounds and muscle them up at the same time, provided they have the drive and you have the ability to stand for a decent length of time. Build a flirtpole. It's what you see Snoopy chasing after in the one picture I posted of him. You can buy them pre-made but I've found they last longer if you build them yourself. Mine is made out of PVC pipe, good sturdy rope and a rope pull toy.