Does Your Protection Dog Need To Lose Weight?
Small Signs Your Protection Dog May Need to Lose Some Weight
The ownership of a trained German Shepherd comes along with a small list of responsibilities, not the least of which is maintaining your protection dog’s health and well-being. It is essential that you maintain your Trained German Shepherd’s ideal weight with a clear understanding of what your trained companion should weigh at any given point in time. A dog’s ideal weight will vary based on its age, breed and size. When a trained protection dog becomes overweight, it can be at risk for a variety of complications, specifically arthritis, according to PetMD.com. Our protection dog owners should be on the lookout for these small signs and symptoms that may indicate that their pet is overweight. A well trained German Shepherd is an athlete and was delivered in ideal condition.
What are Small Signs Your Companion May Need to Lose Some Weight?
- Your dog no longer wants to go on walks, or seems to resist activities that involve exercise. If walks were once a part of your daily routine with your dog, but then fell by the wayside, your dog may have put on a few pounds. If you notice that when you try to take your dog for a walk again that he does not seem interested or simply refuses to go with you, it may be a sign that your dog is becoming overweight, according to I Love Dogs. Trained German Shepherds who are a healthy weight are energetic and look forward to utilizing that energy through exercise and work.
- Your protection dog is lazy and lethargic for most of the day, even if it has not been active. Some owners notice their dog barely moves off the couch when they return home from a long day’s work. While you are away at work or taking care of other responsibilities throughout the busy day, your well trained German Shepherd may get little or no exercise. This lack of exercise can make your protection dog inactive, and leave him uninterested in doing fun, physical activities when you return home. It also can put your dog at risk for unhealthy weight gain. If you can’t get your dog to get off the couch and play fetch with you, it may be time to start monitoring its activity levels as well as its weight. Obesity is not the friend of the well trained German Shepherd.
- You notice that your protection dog is breathing heavily on a regular basis. Panting is one of the ways your dog cools itself down after a healthy exercise session, but your dog should not breathe like this on a regular basis. If you haven’t been exercising your dog and you notice that it is taking deep, labored breaths simply from walking around the house, it is a symptom of unhealthy weight gain. A protection dog that is too heavy may feel weighed down by the size of its own body. It takes little effort to maintain your trained companion. Remember what your dog looked like upon delivery. This is an ideal weight for a trained working dog.
- Your dog is unable to tolerate warm weather or excessive heat. Our protection dog owners who notice their dogs do not want to go outside on warm, sunny days or find their dogs become lethargic once they are in the heat should take a close look at their Trained German Shepherd’s weight. When a dog has too much body fat, it will feel excessively warm and may have difficulty tolerating the heat. This not only prevents your dog from wanting to exercise or be outdoors, but it also can lead to serious health complications.
In addition to these symptoms, you may have noticed that your protection dog’s belly looks a little fuller than normal or there is extra fat on its legs. A working and well trained German Shepherd eats with vigor. According to WebMD Pets, many dogs become overweight because their owners do not provide them with the correct portion sizes at each meal. Portion control is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight, and protection dog owners should be aware of meal portion sizes. Avoid giving your dog unhealthy treats and do not offer your dog table scraps. Certain breeds may be predisposed to weight gain and obesity, including dachshunds, beagles, golden retrievers, Rottweilers and Bernese mountain dogs, to name a few. A trained German Shepherd from working lines is not immune to obesity. Know your own dog’s genetic influences and work with our staff in order to formulate a plan to keep your pet at a healthy weight.
Ultimately, you want to enjoy your time with your family’s security dog and provide your pet with the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible. This means you have to be observant in order to keep your protection dog at a healthy body weight. Take short walks on a regular basis and make physical activity a part of your routine with your trained German Shepherd. Not only will this help your pet stay healthy, fit and trim, but it also will give you the chance to have some fun with your four-legged companion. When your dog is healthy enough to greet you at the door, ready and eager to go on a walk, you will enjoy the ultimate reward for all the effort you put into keeping your dog at its ideal weight.
Chelsea Kampas is the both a proud parent to her German Shepherd and a world-class protection dog trainer for Wayne Simanovich Protection Dogs.
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