youngandtired asked how to help her B girl lose some weight on another thread.
I am going to post a few ideas here, and other can add suggestions, and opinions.
It is relatively easy to have a dog with no health complications lose weight. First rule out any health issues like thyroid failure. Then you simply cut back their food, and provide them with more activity. Dogs usually lose weight pretty quickly.
A few ground rules that I tell my clients that are trying to make their dogs smaller:
-Have set feeding times, and set feeding amounts. Pick the food up in 15-20 minutes after you set it down. That way you are controlling the amount, and have some idea of how much they are eating.
-Don't rely on what the bag feeding amounts say. Your dog might need considerably less than what it says on the bag. I would say with most food, and most basenjis, you shouldn't ever feed more than 2 cups per day…and that would be for a non-calorie dense food (store brand) and a VERY active, young dog.
-If your dog is driving you crazy when it is on a diet, try adding in different vegetables...if he is truly hungry, he will happily eat them
-Try having the dog's dinner take more time, and more energy by hiding it around the house. In the beginning you may have to say 'hey, look over here' etc...but it work on two issues at once, stretching out the meal, and giving the dog some extra activity.
-Lots more exercise...walks, vs. going out in the yard; chase games with laser pointers, or balls;
-Eliminate snacks and treats (or limit treats to tiny training treats). Also, in the case of Bs, be extra vilgilant about what the dog 'finds' around the house (this is where we fail, because Querk is always cleaning up after the kids).
So those are some ideas of where to start. I hope they help some folks. I seriously wish it was as simple for us humans, as it is for our dogs. That darn free will to eat ice cream is a killer