We have a wonderful Golden Retriever that came to live with us just under three years ago. We had lost our previous Goldie in the November of 2011, and we missed him terribly. Our present best friend had been taken in by a nearby Rescue Centre, and seemingly hadn't had the best of starts in life. It was love at first sight! When we first saw him, in the December of 2011, he had kennel cough, and looked a bit of a poor specimen. He was thin, and I thought at first that he had a roach back, but thankfully that wasn't the case, he just needed some good food, and plenty of TLC. He came home to us in January 2012, and since then he has improved beyond recognition. We don't know his exact age, they told us when we got him that he was about 3 years old, 'nearly' 3 years on, now he should be about 6, we can't be sure.
Our boy is quite tall for a Golden Retriever, taller than the average for the breed by about two inches (so there is more to fill). Also what I have read suggests that the ideal breed average weight for a male GR is around 36kg. Our lad never has been that low, even when he first arrived with us. If the shop scales are to be believed, today he weighed in at 47.8 kg, I was totally shocked. I would like to get him down to around 40 kg.
About 3 months ago we moved him on to Eden (good review on this site), and also recommended by a shop near to us, as we don't want to feed him on anything with 'nasties' in. Before he was itching and scratching a lot (he isn't now), and his coat wasn't shiny, it is now much better. The present problem is trying to 'reduce' his weight.
When we put him on Eden we tried to follow the recommended feeding amount for his age etc.. However, as I have read in other messages, and elsewhere on the site, recommended amounts are not always appropriate for every dog, so when we noticed he was looking a bit 'porky', we cut the amount back to about 115 grams of Eden each meal, as we feed him three times each day (approx daily total 345 grams).
With the Eden, when giving him his dinner and tea we have been giving him a couple of 'Betty Miller' biscuits, 'and' one of those small dry fish skin cubes. Occasionally, say a couple of times a week, he may also have had a Tripe stick (the dry crunchy sort).
I am trying to be completely honest, but realise that we may have been giving him too much, especially with the add-ons.
I did some further research on this site and looked at quite a lot of other information on other sites, and eventually discovered that a different shop no more than 3 miles from where we live stocks Acana Light & Fit. I went along and bought a 2 1/2 kilo bag to see if that would help reducing his weight. Currently I have been mixing it in with the Eden, to see if he's ok with it, and so far he seems to be. The amended weight per meal Eden/Acana L & F is around 105 grams (not exact), daily total approx 315 grams.
My current plan would be, for a time at least, to move to Acana Light & Fit in the hope that we do get some weight off him, as I am desperate to ensure that he doesn't end up with joint, or other issues as he gets older, due to being overweight. If that was my fault I would be distraught.
Exercise wise he gets between 1 1/2 - 2 miles a day, but on Sunday he gets a good 5 miles.
Our 'boy' isn't at all picky with his food, he loves anything you put down for him. He approaches each meal with vigour, and gives you the impression he is still hungry when he's finished.
I'm sorry for the length of this, but I wanted to give you the full picture. I am prepared for constructive criticism, but would genuinely welcome comments on the above, especially with advice that would help get some weight off him.
Many, many thanks,