June 15, 2012

How much can a dog shape up in a month and a half?

In my pondering today, I have decided to yet again make a feeble attempt at slimming down 'the thing.'

Alright... in Pippin's defense, he's not, at the moment, that bad... compared to his worst! He actually came back from the regionals looking like he had a little more shape, if one could believe that.

Last time I had thought I would attribute to Pippin's health, I went running with him on the bike. That lasted about a week, and I'm not all too sure why I gave up on him then. It's a combination of his misbehavior and diet that I think get me down. Pippin is a top notch, professional counter surfer food sneak. He's closed off from much of the house, but the smallest, shortest slip of the mind when one forgets to close the gate, and he will always find something to eat. Whether it's from the counter, the garbage (also closed with an extra anti-Pippin mechanism,) or right out of the fridge while you stand there (happened once, with my Dad, it was turkey,) whether it's a loaf of bread or a tub of margarine, Pippin always seems to find it. It's almost hard to feel bad for him.

I feel bad for him, sometimes considering I fear it may have been my fault in the early training stages. I often wonder if it was the consistent food rewards that shaped him into being such a food hound. Often I am then reminded, however, that even right from the start, our little puppy was eating things like nails... and the wall. In the present day, he sometimes may fancy himself a nice scented wax candle... or the ceramic holder it may be in. I'm not exaggerating., nor has this ever been something internal... beside his weight, vets have never really had any bad news about him.

A feast for a pint sized Pippin.

Pippin is confirmed to go to nationals in early August. Perhaps not only seeing him a slim sexy beast, but wanting him to perform well at the nationals will be enough motivation I need to put this pup through doggy boot camp.

So... how much can an overweight dog shape up in roughly a month and half?

Today's weight: 70 lbs (you better believe it. I didn't, at first.)
His height: Roughly 21-22"

Today I had both the dogs retrieving a toy from down the alley on the side of the house where I set up a jump they couldn't go around and they had to jump both ways. I'm going to take him out on the bike again this afternoon. He won't last long, considering as well his paws are not accustomed to jogging too much on concrete as Damon's are. It's a start. Regardless if he loses much any weight or not, at least this will provide some bonding time for us. Perhaps he'll listen better then, too.


  1. 70 lbs? hard to believe. He probably measures 21 inches or less, considering what jump height he's in. Maybe you could get him some booties to wear at boot camp. Don't want him to end up with sore feet for Nationals. Sure hope you have some luck getting some of that weight off. Jake and Luna weigh just under 40 lbs. Pippin would probably be good at 50 lbs. Wow, at 50lbs he'd be unrecognizable, but lots of club members would be thrilled if he got down to that weight:)
    It's probably more a case of controlling what goes into his mouth than the exercise, 'cause Jeff always seems to be taking him on long walks.
    Maybe he needs a muzzle:)
    Good luck, I'm rooting for you!

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