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Less kibble and more green beans works for my dogs. They get 1-1/2 cups of Eukanuba with 1/2 can green beans a day. They get lots of green peppers and apples. Then there are salmon skins a few times a week too plus daily salmon oil. 4 cups a day is way too much. If you feed him less he will be happier and healthier. I know that Eukanuba may not be the best food by some people's consideration, but my dogs have done well on it for years.

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Before cutting the amount, take a look at the amount of calories you're feeding. I didn't want to dip below 2 cups per day for my girl so I went first to a prescription diet and have then transferred over to Annamaet Lean. You also need to take in account the frame/height of your golden which may call for more weight. Now if he has the tiny head big body syndrome which I'm guessing by your post above--you may need to adjust the diet & yes, green beans as mentioned above are filling.

You may also want to consider having a full thyroid panel run (not an in-house lab) through either Michigan State or Dr Dodds at Hemopet--hypothyroidism is quite prevalent in goldens.
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I agree with Stacey, Bentley gets green beans, carrots, any veggies with his meals. I've been steaming them. They make him feel fuller.
Just so you know though, it's great Sam will have a fenced yard but I can tell you from experience that the dogs will not exercise themselves just because they're outside. You will find him laying down out there with brief periods of walking around.
Taking him for walks is really the only exercise he will get. It will be hard since you both work so much but I adopted an obese GR and I fenced the yard thinking it would help with weight loss, nope.
Good luck. I'd love to see pics. We're kind of addicted to pics here
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thanks bent - yeah i figured that much which is why our tubby little friend is going to camp bow wow soon!
I love Camp Bow Wow!!! Several of my past dogs went there and Ky used to go until I got Bentley for her. Have fun, maybe Sam will become camper of the week!
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thanks! Yeah he definitly has a solid frame with a smaller head I just uploaded some pictures into my photo album profile. The science diet he is on now though is only 295 Calories Per Cup so he is taking in roughly 1200 calories a day.
I didn't catch you were feeding 2 cups per meal--I'd definitely cut that back. I'll have to dig through some threads, but someone had posted a formula to calculate how many calories you need to feed to have a certain weight. I used the Royal Canin Satiety food with my girl--vet was very pleased with her progress--she went from 80lbs (way too big for her frame) down to 60 in about 8 months.
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