The Food Plan: I don't plan to feed any type of weight loss dog food. Our vet did not recommend it. He said it mainly causes a lot of "elimination". He, and we, believe we can control calories using our current dog food. I also don't think we are over feeding our dogs at meals. I think our main issue with food is in the "treat" department. I want to cut back on milkbones, not cut out, and incorporate some low calorie treat options like carrots. I even want to start making some of my own homemade low calorie treats. We do feed a small amount (about 1/4 can) of wet canned food during the dinnertime meal. I want to gradually move to a homemade wet option for this meal. Something human grade and fresh. I am also someone who feeds my dog safe human food too often from our dinner scraps. I plan to cut this to a minimum as well and only give them what I prepare just for them. I assume this will be a work in progress, but we'll get there!
The Exercise Plan: It is a very hot summer in our area right now. Our dogs get far fewer walks this time of year unfortunately. I think I can squeak some more exercise out of them later in the evenings when the sun goes down though. I plan to play for a bit outside with them, where their kiddie pool is standing by when needed. Neither of our boys loves to play fetch for any length of time, but as long as I am wandering around the yard, so will they. One game they never tire of is chasing a laser red light. Usually these are marketed for cats, but my dogs LOVE this game! I just have to be sure I don't run them into a tree! (If anyone plans to try one, just be careful not to shine it in the dog's face)
Wish us luck! We'll keep you posted!