Hey everybody, I could use all your advice on something. I will possibly be adding a 2nd corgi to my family in the coming week and I have discovered that she needs to lose some weight. She is a 6-year-old spayed Pembroke that is currently weighing in at 35 lbs. Her current owners have stated that they have started her (not sure how long ago) on Science Diet, but that someone in the family is still probably feeding her table scraps. I'm not sure what she was on before the Science Diet, but I intend to find out.
My current corgi, Luna, is on Merrick and really enjoys it. Heck, the cat tries to eat it too (the cat eats Blue normally, which she likes - she just likes dog food too). Luna currently weighs in at 23 lbs, but is a 10-months-old and high energy. We regularly go on walks, to the dog park/beach, and have playdates with children and other dogs.
I would like to get some food and exercise recommendations for this new girl so that I am more prepared. I have never had to go through a weight-loss with a pet, so anything would be helpful. Also apparently she has never had even basic obedience (although I was told she will sit on command "sometimes") so any advice there would be great as well.
Thank you for all your input.
The best way to make her lose weight is to feed her about half of what she is eating now. The instructions on the back of the bag are typically around double the amount any dog should be eating, so cutting it brings the amount down to what the dog needs and nothing more. If you switch her over to the food Luna is on, feed her about the same amount Luna is eating since she seems to be a good weight for her age.
As for obedience: Clicker training!
Thank you for all the replies! The meeting went well and we brought her home with us. Her name is Chloe, but I am not sure if I will keep the name. They gave me some food, her bed, and her little hedgehog. She seems really sweet, but she is a bit chubby. They shaved her, too, so her beautiful coat is in the process of growing back in. She is a nice light red, almost fawn, in color. Please keep the advice coming!
I attached a picture of her: