Can Natural Dog Gardening help dog obesity?

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Can Natural Dog Gardening help dog obesity? Fat dogs, fat people what’s the difference?

Why is your dog fat?  Growing up in New York I didn’t see many dogs around.  It was apartment living so people saw this lifestyle as best.  Then we had neighbors in the building that one bark would throw them in a complaint mode. Many realized to keep the peace in the building and not be evicted it was best to not own one. 

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Molly, our 45 pound dog, napping


Now, “transplanted” to Colorado, it is a delight to have a wonderful, wagging, friendly, magnificent walking partner, Molly, dog.  I feel like the “bragging proud mom” walking her dog.  She’s friendly and when people see her they smile. This is the effect Molly has on people–happiness.

Think this is true?  Have you visited the mirror recently? In studying this area I found sites where information posted by professionals but note dated so I found obesity to run from 25-50%. 


Your pooch can be prone to a weight problem.  Our dog below does not have any problems. 


If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise.  ~Author Unknown

Who knows, but sometimes people or vets call it hereditary. Is it much different that a person with weight issues? Not being a vet or working in the industry, but a dog lover I’m addressing four assumptions on weight issues and suggestions for them below:

1. Hereditary
Perhaps the animal does have a problem.  His mother had weight issues, his grandparents and of course he gets the same problem.  I just wonder on this end if that is truly the case. Do  you see the connection of the family root–passed on from one generation to the next.  Could they all be eating the same way?

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2. Diet
How many fresh organic raw vegetables a day do you eat?  I believe my dog eats more than most people daily and probably eats better than most dogs and people.  If the generations are all eating the same way and knowing how for people our food quality is  perhaps they are not getting the proper nutritional value.  What the animals eating: canned, dried or homemade foods? At least with homemade by you you know what is in their mixture.  Most people are busy but making homemade food is quick and simple.  It may be a new thing to the dog for you to “pamper” his meals, but all worth it and in a few minutes too.  I know and recently had to “beef” up my learning curve and start preparing homemade meals.  I
t’s working out well, time and money savings too.  Don’t you just love how creative and fast we can be in the kitchen whipping up a meal for your “angel?”

3. Exercise
People are busy running the kids around to sports games, running to meetings, working on their home based business and can think the dog being outside is sufficient exercise. Maybe the dog is getting a lot of exercise in your yard running, but still maybe not enough for the bonding or companionship the dog needs and loves.  Use the dog as an excuse to get more “physical” and increase the heart beat.  Walk a little faster or add a small job in there.  I’m always concerned about dogs running in the blistering heat.  They they get very hot and hardly does the owner stop from a run and give them a drink. Why overheat the dog?  How about carrying a small container with water for the dog on a jog? 

4. Chained up
Chaining up a dog with some running space I don’t believe is wise.  Yes, the dog can get tangled up with the chain and choke to death.  These are stories that do happen and are real.  Let me ask you–do you think there can be an answer to being chained up?  Consider exercise like walking or even throwing a ball often.  Or, longer time outside both for you and dog getting physical? Here we are in the country, but not for everybody too.  Molly on neighborhood patrol, claims to own the street and run back and forth when someone is walking by.  If you look foreign to her she'll let you know that fast.

Commit to be fit.  ~Author Unknown

Now coming back to the garden talk in the title, do you think a fat dog can be helped by eating more fresh, raw preferably organic, vegetables from the garden? Yes you can add it the meat meal.  Oh, careful, there is talk of some vegetables toxic to dogs. I have read avocados, potatoes and onion.  Use judgment as I am not an authority other than a dog owner. Or, what about some natural herbal remedies for your dog to speed up the metabolism?

Do you think obesity can be an eating disorder? 

Please share your comments below.  Share us with others.

Wags from Molly and mommy,

     Carol Giambri

http://CarolGiambri.com

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Carol Giambri is a back-to-basics person, author, leader, and holistically oriented. Adopting dogs for over 40 years she has found each to be precious and never returned one. Carol is a health nut and converted her husband and dog to eat this way. She chooses to be positive and upbeat refusing to accept the words “impossible" or "can't.” Her dog’s Lupus recovery is a great example of not quitting even when she got gloom reports from three vet clinics.  As a result of her life experiences she is passionate about eating healthy, hunting for edible weeds, and teaching others to live a life fulfilled with dogs, eating well, and encouraging others who need an uplift through her voice. She leads a healthy eating group in her local community for years and called upon when health speakers travel to her area to promote them. Her programs and writings show people how living a simple healthy lifestyle with a dog is fun, easy and delicious without using chemicals. If you think this lifestyle is just about dogs living healthier she says it's also for people whether a dog owner or not.  Carol's vegan days began when her husband had a seizure over 35 years ago, believed he would be healed and was in six weeks. Are you ready for Carol to encourage you and your dog along your journey?

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marla March 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Hey Carol! love your site, i havent visited for a while, your doing amazing things!! I love this article, i find it upsetting when i see a dog or any animal over weight. It is obviously not the animals fault. Dogs are so trusting and such good companions we as owners should do our best to make sure they are healthy and live a fullfilling life. Thanx

marla March 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Hey Carol! love your site, i havent visited for a while, your doing amazing things!! I love this article, i find it upsetting when i see a dog or any animal over weight. It is obviously not the animals fault. Dogs are so trusting and such good companions we as owners should do our best to make sure they are healthy and live a fullfilling life. Thanx

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Hi Marla,
Totally agree with you. Thank you for your time. I just love dogs and this one I have now is super amazing as she recovered from Lupus. Her story on my site. Thanks for compliment. Looking to bring dog awareness to the next level: more holistic as we are here. I never had an overweight dog and owned now decades. Perhaps a hereditary problem for dog, but still as owners, what can we do to help the dog? Healthy they deserve to be. It’s not cute to see a dog who can hardly move and young. Yikes. Thanks for being so wise and sharing your love for dogs too. They are amazing. My dog is my BEST friend!

James Samy March 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Thank you Carol. I only thought human only having obesity problem but today from your article I know now that our friend dogs too have the same problem.Eventhough I do not have a dog, I have learned a lot to share to others. Keep your post coming and always eagerly waiting to read new posts from you

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thanks James for comments. I didn’t realize dogs had obesity problems till someone asked me if their dog could have an eating disorder. None of my long history owning dogs did I have one obese one. I suppose dogs and people can have similar issues.

Sue Graber March 27, 2011 at 6:50 am

Carol……Nice blog. Never really thought about dogs having problems in this sense, but they are almost “human” so realize they need to be fit just as we are!! Thanks for sharing this….

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

Sue,
It’s amazing that some dogs have this weight problem issue. Hopefully dog owners will become more serious about this. Feeding them better and also putting them into fitness regime can help. Thanks for sharing.

Solvita March 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

It’s so great to know what to do, when dogs are going through such a problem, thanks for sharing this information! :)

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Thanks Solvita. It’s nice to know we can have “peace and stay calm” as we make changes for this problem.

Rose Kirkland March 28, 2011 at 2:04 am

Great subject. Dog obesity is a very common problem now along with our obese society… Great subject to educate dog lovers about… Thanks for great content.

Carol Rosenberg Giambri March 28, 2011 at 2:12 am

Rose, thanks for comments. I’m finding so much parallel talk between dogs and people that I am writing in relevance to both audiences now. Working on my next blog idea. Wow!

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