Hi all. I found out today that Heidi weighs 28lbs. This is not a total disaster, but it's still about 5 or 6 pounds heavier than she needs to be. I've known for awhile that she's chubby, and haven't been totally sure what to do about it. By necessity, she's mostly an outside dog. I know everyone here probably feels like that is an injustice, and believe me, I'd let her inside if I could. But I don't own the house I'm living in - it's sort of a unique situation - and it's not my choice. She has a nice pen with hay to absorb moisture, and it gets cleaned regularly so she isn't running around in her own waste. She has a dog house raised up off the ground, toys, food, water, shade, etc. I'm also going to see about getting her one of those baby wading pools, even though last summer I got her one and she didn't really like it much. Maybe she'll change her mind. :)
I had a baby 3 months ago (single mom) and so Heidi hasn't gotten as much exercise as usual since I've been taking care of the baby. Before that, we were walking several times a day. But I've had a teen helper to help take care of Heidi while I'm getting back in the swing of things and she's done well. Now it's late June in SW Tennessee, and HOT!!! So I'm not sure how to go about increasing her exercise when there's a heat advisory as it is. I can't take my baby out in those kind of temperatures. I plan to try to start walking a little at night if possible, but it's just difficult with trying to get the baby to bed and nurse every 2 hours, etc.
My main question is, how much do we need to be feeding her? That seems to be a little bit of the problem - she's getting too much food. The other part of the problem is the need for more exercise. I'll try to figure that out next. How much do you feed your Corgis?
I feed her Beneful's Healthy Weight formula. I live in a small town and they don't carry most specialty foods. Anybody have any suggestions? I've been told not to believe what it says on the bag.