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Improving Dog's Weight and Muscle Tone

I have a Staff Pit cross and I think she a little flabby, not fat just a lil bit too much meat. I would rather get her muscular or ripped. Any advice?

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By rob from England

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February 19, 20100 found this helpful

Yes: Don't expect a dog to be "ripped". That's a human thing. :-) Ask your vet if your dog's weight is normal. If not, he/she can suggest dietary changes. Good luck!

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February 19, 20100 found this helpful

How old is poor dog who has a human master wanting dog to live up to an idealized image for the human's sake? If young, let it mature to full adulthood, about age 3.

Human master can get up and take dog for walk; good for trimness for both.

Maybe human should have taken up weight training.

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February 19, 20100 found this helpful

Are you walking and playing with your dog? Why would she be "flabby" unless she wasn't getting appropriate excercise.

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If this is a vanity thing don't dump it on the dog, go to the gym and get yourself "ripped".

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February 20, 20100 found this helpful

My brother used to have a pit, don't know what a staff is? Anyway, to exercise his pit, he would hook a chain to a log, and the other end to the dog somehow and have the dog pull the log around. It gives the dog something to look forward to. Start out slow and easy and work you pets way up to the larger and heavier log. DO NOT FORCE your pet to pull the log! You have to easy him in it just like any training program. You also need to find and contact someone who knows how to train pits. They are wonderful animals and require special love and attention.

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February 20, 20100 found this helpful

My lab/border collie was overweight and we used the green bean diet for her. We just cut back on her dog food and added frozen green beans in place. She loved it and lost the weight.

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We walk her everyday at least once too. Our vet says she is at the perfect weight for her size now. Green beans of any type can be used (canned, fresh, frozen, dried) not just to mix with the food as well as snacks.

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