What are some good ways to motivate my dog to exercise on his own to help him lose weight?

Hi all, I'm new to dogster and would love some advice. My husband and I adopted our 7-year-old, black lab mix about a year ago. Then, he weighed 83 pounds. Now, he weighs 105 pounds. We were both shocked to realize how much weight he had gained, and we're eager to have him lose the excess weight. We’ve cut down the amount of food and treats that we give him and stopped giving him table scraps. He gets a 30-minute walk in the morning before work and another after work. Sometimes another later in the evening, if we have time. We hired a dog walker to give him an additional 30-minute walk in the middle of the work day two days a week. An approximately 30-minute trip to the dog park happens at least once every weekend, sometimes twice. Additionally, we installed a dog door to allow him access to the backyard whenever he wants it. Unfortunately, he has no interest in playing fetch with any balls or sticks, and doesn't care about tug of war. Any ideas to get him to play on his own?

Asked by Member 1260162 on May 23rd 2016 Tagged exercise, food, games in Exercise
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Buy him a playmate.
Near same breed, opposite sex (fixed) and some toys.
Also there are several good brands of low=cal Dog Food to feed them.

Becca answered on 5/30/16. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I have a couple of suggestions.

If you live anywhere near a water source, a lab mix will probably love to swim. This is great exercise and burns tons of calories.

Second, as dogs age, their metabolism slows down. You should speak to your vet about how many calories your dog needs a day to slowly reduce his weight. I would cut out any treats unless they are raw veggies like sweet potato slices, cucumber, or my dog's favorite, radishes. You probably need to switch to a lower calorie food, or reduce the amount per day. At age 7, I would suggest no more than 3 cups of dry food a day, but again, check with your vet. Labs are always hungry. Don't feel guilty! Good luck!

Member 1260464 answered on 6/6/16. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer