Dr. Leslie, I know Truman is not 4-5 but maybe 5-6. I have been told that he could stand to lose a pound or a pound and a half. Truman is a very muscle bound rat terrier and he is solid. What are some ways for me to let you know what he is like so that I know for sure?
Can you post pictures or take a video from the side and the top for me to review?
For a rat terrier I would expect to see muscle definition – easy to see individual muscles.
I don’t know if this will give you what you need. Truman was not very cooperative. I think he is camera shy! LOL
Hi Coach Leslie, below is a video of a body composition of Truman that you asked me to send. Please let me know what you think. He was not as cooperative as I thought he would be. If you need more, I can send. Thank you.
This is great! Thank you for posting. I think he’s around a 5.5. We can definitely tone up that muscle. The great thing is now you have a ‘before’ baseline to compare back to while doing the fitness program.
I would say Monty is a 5!!!
I have been working on both my dog’s weight for the last 6 months. They are finally both in the 4 – 5 range!
Awesome! Such a great feeling to accomplish a big goal like that.
Would the ideal body type change if a dog had hip or elbow dysplasia? I keep hearing thinner is better.
Great question! Thinner is always better, so for me the ideal body type does not change with hip or elbow dysplasia. I typically always aim for a 4 out of 9, but 5 out of 9 is acceptable. Unfortunately in the US, most vets have started accepting 6 out of 9 as the new normal and are okay with that weight.
It’s hard to judge from the graphic (for me) but I feel like my dog is a 3. You can easily see all of her ribs, pretty much all of the time, and she’s a GSD with a double coat. She’s recently had a substantial increase in sprint activity because my puppy just turned 8 months. They’ve been able to race full speed around the yard for the last 5-6 weeks as he’s matured. She started dropping pounds like crazy. I did increase her food and the weight loss has stabilized, but she’s still thinner than she’s been. All of my vets say she’s in great condition (she has 3) but I do have a gut feeling she’s a bit too thin. Should I post a picture here in addition to the condition test, or is it fine to just post it there and remind you of my concern?
Yes, please post a picture. Take the picture from the side and from the top looking straight down at her chest and abdomen.
The top view do you mean she should be lying on her back? Or standing and take a picture of her from above looking down at her?
Standing and you take a picture from above looking down at her.
I can’t attach pictures here so I sent them in an email to team@baddogagility.
You have a special email for fitness related questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t worry – I already forwarded your pictures to Dr. Eide.
I just replied to the email. I think for body composition Proof is a perfect 4 out of 9. I think if we build a little more muscle bulk you won’t think she is a 3.
Great! Thank you!
Aside from physically rubbing the ribs, how do you assess a heavily coated dog ( sheltie ) when you can not see the waist or abdominal tuck?
I would feel the waist and abdomen to see if there is a tuck. You can also use water to lay the coat down. It doesn’t take a lot of water to slick the hair but can give you a better visual.
You can also get really fancy and take measurements. Use a measuring tape to measure around the ribs just behind the front limbs and then measure just in front of the rear limbs. If you get the same measurement, then there is not a waist or abdominal tuck.
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