Brutus is lazy!

by Nancy
(Venus, TX)


My 5 yr old Brutus has gotten very lazy. I've posted my story about him previously. How he used to belong to a neighbor about 20 acres away for his first 4 years of life and suddenly decided last year that he liked us better and no longer would stay at his original home, so the neighbor let us adopt him.

He was always an outside dog, never been in the house until we got him. Now he lives solely in the house. He goes out occasionally to do his business and to bark at something he hears but other than that, he is content to stay in the house and lay around and sleep all the time.

If we have the front door open, he knows how to push the storm door open and can actually let himself back in with his feet. If it's closed, he swings the bells we have attached to the door on the inside to let us know when he wants out.

We had an electric fence around the front yard that is now turned off. But because he was trained by the fence as to boundaries, he won't cross it so he doesn't know it's not working now.

He will occasionally play with me and the grandkids inside the house like romping and play biting but he won't do that outside. If any of us go outside, he wants out too so he can roam around the fence ling barking..I guess thinking he is protecting us from whatever might be out there.

Anyway, my point is that other than the things stated, he gets no other exercise. He has always been big (145-150 lbs). He eats about 5 cups a day of grain free dry food and drinks at least 2 gallons of water a day. I'm concerned about him not getting enough exercise but he is very content as he is. I think he is about 10 lbs overweight because I can't feel his ribs. But he seems as happy as he can be. He doesn't like chew toys of any kind other than his huge rawhide bone that I keep him supplied with. Should I be worried or not?

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Jun 29, 2014
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by: Marianne

I believe you should worry. no matter how big a skeletal frame he has, that is definitely too heavy. I would call him obese. No matter the size, I would suggest getting him down to 135 - 140 would be a good idea. you also have to take into consideration his morphology. Some are more long and leans and so you should respect that shape of body. Some are more muscular. However, you should be able to feel the ribs, no mater the format!

If he sedentary, 5 cups is probably too much. You might try to bring that down to 4 and give him 2 in the morning and two in the evening. He'll probably look at you hoping for more but youhow about playing and running and jumping in the yard?

It could also be that the food is too rich. Try to find one that is on the lean side, maybe with vegetable and fruit; non-grain is definitely right.

I find that a raw food diet keeps Pyrs at an ideal weight and has the dividends of cutting down of veterinarian visits other than mandatory vaccines and other such parasite protection. It is wise to remember that Pyrs have a slow metabolism and require less food than would another dog of the same size.

Have fun with your great white fellow!

Jul 04, 2014
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by: Donna

I would also recommend taking him for a couple of walks a day at least a half hour each. That will keep him in shape, and turn some of that extra weight into muscle.

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