I Can See My Dog’s Ribs
My Skinny Boy, See his Ribs?
It’s true! I can! And, I am proud that I can see and count his ribs!
My girlies is fluffy, so I can’t see hers, but she is still in the same great shape!
I get chastised often, when I take them out.
People think that a happy, healthy dog should be fat.
But, a fat dog is far from healthy!
A fat person is far from healthy!
Heck, I wish you could count my ribs, but I am not as easily amused or regimented as my dogs are!
My Dogs are Athletes
My dogs are athletes in the purest sense of the term.
They compete in Agility, Dock Diving, Obedience, Rally, Carting and Protection Sports.
And, because I do so much with them; they need to be in top athletic shape.
Let’s Go Back to Me
I am sure some of you are fuming and wishing you could put me on a diet.
I agree with you, I wish you could too.
I used to run 13 miles a day, and do P90X and sometimes I would bike as well.
Unfortunately I fell out of those habits after one of my dogs died and I went through a bout of depression.
I can’t quite find the happiness to get started again.
But, I was the healthiest I had ever been and was training for a half marathon and dreaming of running a real marathon.
You see, real athletes can’t really be successful (most of them) and be overweight.
When I start again, I won’t be able to run fast or far (yes, I just bought some new shoes).
It will take me a while to get back to where I was.
But, if I was to try and run 10 miles tomorrow; I would likely hurt myself badly.
As a human, I know my restrictions and abilities and won’t push myself too far.
But dogs want to be with us, they want to please us.
And, unfortunately over the years, I have seen people kill their overweight dogs with too much exercise.
Being overweight is unhealthy for everyone.
It is hard on your joints, and your heart.
There is a colossal number of dogs in pain right now, across our world, because they are overweight.
Many of them are morbidly obese.
Just getting up off of the floor hurts and can cause them not only pain, but also injury.
Hip dysplasia, elbow disease, degenerative back problems, blown knees and shoulder pain are just some of the pain associated with being an overweight dog.
But all of those things can lead to an earlier death.
I personally want all the time I can get with my furry kids.
And, I want them to have quality of life.
They love running, jumping, running agility, competing in dock diving, chasing each other, chasing a ball, doing lure chasing, engaging in bite and protection sports.
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It would kill me to watch them struggle in pain just to get up off of the ground.
And, if I had an overweight dog, I would be worried about them hurting themselves just from chasing a ball!
Not all dogs are built the same!
It is natural and normal to easily see the ribs of a Greyhound or Whippet.
A bigger framed dog like a Bull Mastiff can be in great shape without easily being able to see ribs.
But, if lightly pressed, ribs should be fairly easily felt.
I don’t want to see a dog’s back bone protruding through his skin, but I also don’t want to see a dog that has no waist and rolls of skin down his back and legs.
The truth is the thinner we are (within reason) the healthier we all are and the same goes for your best furry dog friend.
To put your dog on a safe diet, it is always best to seek advice from your vet first.
Dogs, like people, can suffer from thyroid disorders and other problems that can make weight loss difficult.
Then measure what you are feeding your dog and cut back by 1/4 of it’s volume at first.
And, if your dog is still hungry add fresh or frozen green beans (not canned they have too much salt). Green beans are low in sugar (carrots are HIGH in sugar for dogs!) and but will help them feel full!
What do you think?
Post pictures of your healthy dog!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.