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Maybe we should try to keep this thread active to report on how we are doing and to give us ideas - like weight watchers for goldens!

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Send her to play with my girls. If you are interested in swimming, there is a wonderful indoor pool, in Aberfoyle that can be rented by the 1/2 hour. My girls have been there a couple of times in the winter.

Watermelon is a great treat, that has virtually no calories, and is loaded with lycopene which is good for them.
We'd LOVE to have a play date!
Chloe would love to go swimming I didnt know places like that existed in our area. Do you have a link for the place?

Ohhh watermelon, that is my favourite - dont know if I am willing to share with Chloe lol

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If she is not getting as much socialization and exercise since you moved, her weight gain is probably due to not burning off the food she's getting. I suspect you could give her less kibble if needed. I really like to measure the day's food out all at once, then feed all treats out of the bowl during the day. I reserve a bunch for dinner but the rest is used for treats. Makes it very hard to over-feed.

I gave my Tess some green beans when she was losing weight. She liked them well enough, but truthfully she was just fine on the reduced amount of kibble so I stopped. She was hungry for several days (I had to ignore the sad pleading big eyes...) but then settled down. She lost several pounds that way and is now on an even keel, weight-wise.

Since you can't let her flat out run, perhaps you could give her more to do when at home. Play go find it, etc., in the house. That will tire dogs out and burn energy, just not as much as when they're running.

Good luck! And don't fall for the sad eyes...
Great ideas!!! Thank you so much! Yes, those pleading eyes get to me. She does this "lassie" thing where she will wimper and paw at you until you get up and she will show you what she wants. Its cute when she wants a toy from the cabinet or to go outside but she keeps on doing to the cupboard with the food and its breaking my heart.

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Maybe we should try to keep this thread active to report on how we are doing and to give us ideas - like weight watchers for goldens!
haha - weight watcher for goldens, love that. I love the idea of reporting how we are doing! Im going to weight chloe tonight, post a "before" picyure and start logging food intake and excerise. We encourage each other, and share tips and strategies.
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I'm starting to think maybe chester could drop a few pounds..I'll take some pictures and post them up here if thats ok with the OP.
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Good thread - thanks for starting it MudEpawz! Got my pack on the scales last night - Millie lost has lost 5 lbs - down to 94 and Nikki lost 2.5 pounds down to 88.5 - that for the first month they have been here with me and Hank (neither of us lost any weight - Hank is still 83 lbs and a bit overweight). I have kept them to about 3 cups of adult weight food a day - half in the am and half at supper. They get dog bone treats - use small ones and break them I half. I was told that dogs don't recognize the size, the recognize the fact they are getting a treat from you. My vet constantly feeds very small snacks and I have yet to hear of dog that doesn't like going there! Nikkie and Millie were obviously fed human food but they are getting over it. They give me the sad eyes treatment but all I can think of is that I would be doing them no favours with human food. They do like veggies - they sat and waited their turns for the tops of the strawberries this afternoon! I am hoping to have all three down below 75 lbs sometime in the summer. Will be good when I can get Millie and Nikkie out walking longer - building it up gradually. The fish idea is a good one and I will be giving that a try!
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We'd LOVE to have a play date!
Chloe would love to go swimming I didnt know places like that existed in our area. Do you have a link for the place?

Ohhh watermelon, that is my favourite - dont know if I am willing to share with Chloe lol

Here is a link for the pool. Click on the forms tab and then price list for recreational swimming.

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I love watermelon too, and I buy the biggest one I can find, because my 2 insist on sharing. They love it in frozen chunks too.
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Good thread - thanks for starting it MudEpawz! Got my pack on the scales last night - Millie lost has lost 5 lbs - down to 94 and Nikki lost 2.5 pounds down to 88.5 - that for the first month they have been here with me and Hank (neither of us lost any weight - Hank is still 83 lbs and a bit overweight). I have kept them to about 3 cups of adult weight food a day - half in the am and half at supper. They get dog bone treats - use small ones and break them I half. I was told that dogs don't recognize the size, the recognize the fact they are getting a treat from you. My vet constantly feeds very small snacks and I have yet to hear of dog that doesn't like going there! Nikkie and Millie were obviously fed human food but they are getting over it. They give me the sad eyes treatment but all I can think of is that I would be doing them no favours with human food. They do like veggies - they sat and waited their turns for the tops of the strawberries this afternoon! I am hoping to have all three down below 75 lbs sometime in the summer. Will be good when I can get Millie and Nikkie out walking longer - building it up gradually. The fish idea is a good one and I will be giving that a try!
Glad your pack is on the right track! I hope Chloe's weight loss is as successful!

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I'm starting to think maybe chester could drop a few pounds..I'll take some pictures and post them up here if thats ok with the OP.
I forgot to take some pictures last night

I will do it tonight and post by tomorrow morning. I also need to use my wii fit as a scale since I dont own one.

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Here is a link for the pool. Click on the forms tab and then price list for recreational swimming.

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I love watermelon too, and I buy the biggest one I can find, because my 2 insist on sharing. They love it in frozen chunks too.
Thank you!!
I didnt even think about frozen watermelon chunks! Thats a great idea!
What do you think about unsweetened applesauce? I was thinking about putting some in the kong and freezing it as a treat. Any thoughts ??
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