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Need Weight Loss Tips For My 76 Pound Female Australian Shepherd
My female black tri Annie will be 2 years old in February. She currently weighs 76 pounds. I know that sounds insanely high, and my next comment will sound stereotypical but please keep reading and offer advice.
Annie truly is larger than any other female Aussie I have seen. She is still overweight don’t get me wrong, but she is taller than most males I’ve seen and slightly longer. So I really do believe she should weigh a little more than the “40 pounds” I keep hearing from other female Aussie owners.
Annie is an inside dog and I’m a college student who spends a lot of time sitting down studying or doing homework. I’m planning on getting up earlier to start going for walks and taking her again before bed. I also plan to cut her food back.
My questions are:
1.) how much food should I really be giving her (Victors Multi-Pro)? I don’t want to starve her but I probably over feed (two solo cups a day)
2.) are there any exercises for dogs that are better than others?
3.) what’s a good exercise starting point? I’ve let her be a couch potato besides when she goes outside and plays with my roommates dog. I don’t want to give her a heat stroke or push her too hard too soon. I’ll be honest, I don’t have 2 hours at a time to give to take her out to exercise but I do have multiple shorter periods where I can take her out between classes and work.
Also, please keep in mind I am a college student so buying a treadmill and paying dog walkers aren’t an option.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions. I’ve posted here before and received great suggestions and advice on various topics!