I got wayy carried away with Hans' diet, thinking that his hefty weight was normal for a dobe. Boy did my vet give me a wake up call! I thought that as active as he was, and how he never seemed to lose energy, he was in good shape. WRONG. Well, after the advice from my vet, and the diet my trainers told me to put him on, I realized how fat he really was! I haven't weighed him in a year, so I'm not sure on his exact weight but he now has a tuck, and I can see and feel ribs. He is much more dog now, but he is doing excellent obedience work, tracking is awesome and man can he run fast!!
It kinda makes you wonder...if the majority of dobe owners kept their dogs at their true ideal weight, how many would still be called "couch potatoes"...
Good for you!
Yeah, I've seen in person a few Dobermans' activity level/drive expression go waaaay up as the weight comes off and the muscle mass builds.
I've also absolutely seen fat puppies, and it is possible to overfeed them and cause issues, just as it can happen with young horses.
i think opie is on the skinny side. i'm feeding him three times a day to fatten him up, but he just burns it off with all the running about he does.
Nope, he looks freaking awesome, shiny coat and fabulously fit, with great muscle mass.
Good job, you--don't let any folks with unfit dogs make comments--or at least don't let comments get to you--your dog is the one racing around loving life
Just curious- Are my dogs the only ones on the thread that are fat? I didn't know if maybe RFR was just more comfortable telling me, or mine were the only ones. There are a few that look a little thick to me...
Let's just say my assumption was that you are a good egg, who would react to a kindly worded observation in a very rational way--which you did
I'm glad Meadowcat posted pics of her two--brings up another good point and side-conversation--there is overweight, which neither of her dogs are, and there is unfit, or lacking in muscle mass--which Shanoa is not, but Simon is, to a certain extent.
Now, he has very good reasons for that--rescue who has not been with her his whole life, extended enforced rest due to the heartworm disease--and his age.
So, go back and look at Simon--he's not overweight, IMO, but he could build more lean muscle, tone his body, particularly his tummy muscles (cavaletti work or natural cavaletti, aka log hopping would help if vet says his joints are okay for that, Nicole).
Some of the agility warm up stuff and stretches might help strengthen his topline, too.
Overall, don't get me wrong, he looks superduper for his age, but just sayin' he'd be a living work of old-gentleman-art if you took him to the next level, in muscle tone