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March 30, 2012
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Leerburg Q&A
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Question: How do you balance treats with food to keep your dogs at a desired weight?

Hi Cindy,

I am interested to hear how you are balancing treats with food keeping Stella's desired weight in mind. I find I am having a very difficult time keeping my Cavalier's weight down. I train with her so I have to balance her meals with training treats. She is down to bare minimum with her kibble (grain free) supplemented with training treats throughout the day and I still have issues with her weight. She is quite the active dog and gets her share of exercise in each day. For training treats, I will use the Bravo freeze dried hot dogs/trail mix, Bowser's Best Buffalo Bites, or Zuke's Mini Naturals (all being grain free and low fat). I will also heat up a fat free, beef hotdog, cut it up and put it in a baggy with kibble so that the taste of the hot dog seeps into the kibble to make it more tempting to her (although she loves her kibble plain too). She is about 3 pounds overweight which for a small dog is a lot. I would like to find a solution to this as Cavaliers are prone to heart issues and I do not want to add to it. I appreciate your thoughts on this.

Cindy's Response:

What kind of exercise is she getting? How is it structured and for how long?

I think most people would be surprised at how much of my day is invested in exercising my dogs. It’s a structured activity here that comes before training or anything else we do.

On days your dog is getting a lot of treats, let her skip meals or only use her daily food for her training. I’d also look at the size of the treats you are giving. For Stella, if I use Zuke's I actually cut them in half with a pair of scissors. A little dog doesn’t need big pieces.

Once Stella reaches her full growth, on days she’s getting trained I’ll likely only feed her during training if it appears she’s struggling with her weight. My dogs get tons of appropriate exercise and even my Corgi has never been overweight (which is pretty amazing, if you know Corgis). :)

I know from experience that those Bravo hot dog pieces are MUCH too big to use for a small dog unless they are broken or cut up into pieces about ½ the size of a pencil eraser.

Will your dog play tug? That’s another option, don’t use food only but use tugging as a reward as much as you can…it’s calorie free and it builds really nice engagement. If she won’t play tug, then I’d make that a training goal….

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Training with Food and our Q&A on Health.


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On Leerburg's Electric Collar Information

Dear Ed and Cindy:

Thank you for your website; I've never found more useful information on the web.

We've got a 15-month-old neutered male Irish Setter who is playful, affectionate and very intelligent (and gorgeous), and he is becoming a wonderful, well-behaved family dog. As you might have predicted, he learns and responds quickly, with the exception of the recall. Once he picks up a scent, he's gone. Although we have plenty of acreage for him to run, I worried he could easily leave our property and become an annoyance or get hurt. I have marker trained him, but the recall was a failure and I was beginning to worry that I was ill-equipped to train him properly. And then I came across your site and read your articles on ecollars. I purchased a Dogtra collar and introduced it to Dash as you instructed. It took Dash two sessions with the collar (never turned up to more than 40 even in the woods surrounded by critters and distractions galore) to come when I called him. We practice every day and I rarely have to hit the nick button. This is, of course, a tribute to his intelligence rather than my trainer skills, but it is a success, none the less. It's such a joy to walk with him off leash; he loves to run and I love that I can give him some freedom. Plus, since the Dogtra is waterproof, Dash can splash in our creek or swim in the river while he's wearing it.

I admit I thought ecollars were the same as the old shock collars and I would have never considered one until I found your site. I really appreciated your clear instructions on how to use the collar to train Dash, too - no fear or anxiety for him; just a great learning experience for us both.

Thank you again for the work you've put into your site. It's terrific.


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