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Post by Tail's a Waggin' on Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:02 pm

Hi everyone.

I have several clients that are overweight and gaining. I have the running joke that the dog needs to enrol at Jenny Craig in chest:D however it just doesn't seem to be getting the message across. I don't want to be mean to my customers as I know the weight gain is sheer LOVE:heart: .

I'm concerned about a couple of my babies that really need to shed kilos.

Any suggestions on being subtle which I'm not to my naughty customers who spoil their dogs.
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Post by jonna on Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:56 pm

Why are you being subtle? I don't do that. I tell them they are killing their dogs. That usually opens their eyes. Remember you are a pet professional. They don't see a fat pet.

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Post by Donna on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:14 pm

I tend to agree with Jonna here...I would not want to offend BUT people who "love" their dog with food do no see the dog getting fatter and once fat do not consider they are feeding them to death...The direct but polite approach to put out this fact with some suggestions as to how they might manage the problem they have created would be appropriate Smile
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Post by Guest on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:20 pm

I educate all owners that have over weight/obese dogs about their dogs weight. Usually when I talk to them about the health implications for the dog they start listening and about the medication they will require to purchase like cartrophen injections, heart medications etc. I let them know that it will be better off for them cost wise if they fed their dog a premium dog food (I recommend Artemis) to lose weight now rather than pay for expensive medications later on in life. Plus the dog will have a longer life span and be healthy.
I also let them know that 1 plain dog biscuit to a dog is like us eating a hamburger with the lot because of the fat content, so only give 1 a week or give smaller/tiny treats here and there.
I give them the name and number of a petfood store in Vic that delivers for free and that sells Artemis and also raw diets etc so it makes it easy for them and they don't need to go looking for the dog food.
I make sure that I don't make them feel like a bad dog owner because their dogs overweight but I make it clear that it needs to change.

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Post by Chase on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:23 pm

It is hard especially when the person who owns the dog themselves is over weight. They think you are making a hit against them when you talk about there pets weight

I have thought of making a flyer which states the effects obesity has on dogs. Usually when you explain it in person they tune off, but if they have something written down they may reflect on it later.
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Post by Donna on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:28 pm

That's a super idea Chase...Would be grateful if you would share when you do Smile
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Post by Donna on Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:14 am

This link came through my Facebook feed this morning thought i would share it

http://www.cesarsway.com/dogcare/health/Dog-Obesity-is-a-Serious-Problem
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Post by Sinner on Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:11 am

Thanks Donna.....will use this info ! Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by jonna on Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:47 am

I have done the pet food speech to death. Apparently Americans are deaf. I do have a few pets who just cannot drop the weight, eat probably better than I do, and have been tested for thyroid. I call them my little pork rinds. I am very attatched to all my grooms.

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Post by Chase on Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:56 am

Thanks Donna that was a good article.

This thread has now convinced me when I come back from holidays to write the flyer. May take a while though because I get obsessed in research, but if you guys have any ideas of what you would like written in there let me know.

Once I'm done I will post it up here for you guys to critic.
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Post by Donna on Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:39 am

Thanx Chase that would be good...good research is the key to something like this being worthwhile and of good quality so research away!!! lol
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Post by Tail's a Waggin' on Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:28 am

Great advise from everyone thanks. I seem to be getting through a little better as I'm begining to see some kilos disappear on some, not all yet.

I also let them know that 1 plain dog biscuit to a dog is like us eating a hamburger with the lot because of the fat content, so only give 1 a week or give smaller/tiny treats here and there.
This is a winner. The shock on clients faces says it all when they realise there dog is eating equivalient to 3 burgers with the lot a day. HUGE reality check.
(I recommend Artemis)
I've been feeding mine Artemis for quite some time now. Highly recommend it. My two love it and I find if you follow the feed guidelines it is very economical.... I have also obtained sample bags from my pet store so I can push the product to my clients. Good for the dog, good for the owner, good for my pet store, good for Artemis.

More fantastic results due to my friends on this Forum..Very Happy cheers
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Post by Chase on Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:40 am

Finally finished the draft for the overweight dog flyer.



Its still has a lot of work that needs to go into it. For example I need to minimise the information a lot, check the stuff I wrote myself if itís correct and get my sis to proof read it (she was previously an editor). But I thought I would get you guys to take a look at it see what should/ or should not be in there, whatís correct or any formatting changes it might need.



Just don't know how to put it on here! Its not an image so canít put it as that at the moment itís a word document any suggestions?



Then hopefully after that I can get a finished product to you soon!
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Post by mutleymanor on Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:23 am

Copy and paste? This is a great thread and a constant source of frustration for me too (fat dogs that is).
I usually point out the health implications too, but as Jonna says some people are deaf. Also I can't help notice that mostly fat dogs have chubby owners Rolling Eyes.
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Post by gumsgrooming on Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:40 pm

Chase when you post a reply at the bottom below send etc you can attach a file if you want, its pretty simple Smile

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Is my dog overweight?

Post by Chase on Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:52 pm

Thanks guys figured it out. I can be so dumb with computers some times:tongue:

ok here it.... let me know what you guys think and if you can help me figure out what to take out so it can be reduced (thats if you think it should be reduced) or anything added. Don't worry about grammar and formation of sentences at the moment, as I said before my sister used to be an editor and she will work on all of that.
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Is my dog overweight.doc You don't have permission to download attachments.(264 Kb) Downloaded 20 times
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Post by gumsgrooming on Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:15 pm

That looks great Smile

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Post by Tanyaka on Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:00 am

That's excellent Chase!!!

Very enticing with the format and looks like it has great info! I have definitely had a few clients already who could have used a flier like that!
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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:43 am

Looks great, good work!

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Post by Tanyaka on Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:15 pm

Well. Just having a rest between dogs after clipping a veeeery large Border Collie. Had to use my whole body to keep him from toppling off the table!!

Didn't have a flyer still but at least the owner seemed willing to discuss his weight. I told him to stop giving the dog an entire can of wet food a night (as well as dry food) and that border collies are actually meant to be quite slender dogs. So hopefully he will be half the dog next time I see him Very Happy
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Post by Chase on Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:22 pm

Thanks for the feed back guys!

I will leave it up here a little longer for those who havenít seen yet can critique it, and once my sister is free I will pass it on to her. So hopefully I will have the finished product for you to use soon.
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