Exercise / Diet

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My wife and I just adopted a 4 yr old rescue doberman - Zeus from a local animal rescue. He was 50lbs when the rescue got him and now he is 96 lbs! The rescue was feeding him a lot with little exercise and I think my big guy is a little weak due to the massive weight gain. Would anyone have any recommendations as to a diet and exercise routine that would help develop his strength/muscle. We feed our dogs Hill's Science Diet and I think if I add more protein it may help. I am trying to take him on daily walks (when the weather holds out). We also have a dog park that I plan to take him to as well. I just don't want to overdo it with him and give him a heart attack or something as we have only had him a few days. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

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It's great you've taken a rescue!!! Let us know how things go and if you have any problems. Rescues can often have problems but can more often be the best dogs.

Don't worry about over doing exercise. Taking a Doberman for a walk is nothing to them, even one out of shape. What he needs is consistent exercise. Do you have a back yard he can run in? This is really the only way to keep a Doberman healthy. Walks and weekly trips to a park won't do it. They're build for much more activity.

The best workout is a play date with another dog. If you have a fried with a dog this can work out well. Nothing exercises a dog as well as another dog.

The amount of food isn't as important as exercise. Let him eat what he feels he needs unless he starts getting chubby. The Doberman shouldn't have any fat. If his skin feels loose with padding underneath, that's probably chub. In that case he may be accustomed to competitive eating and is simply eating too much. You should then know how much he wants to eat in a day, and reduce it. Use some form a measure. Try and amount for a month and reduce it or or increase it depending on how much exercise he's getting and how much chub he has. Letting a dog be chubby is abusive - they just can't be a dog when they're overweight.

Dog food in general is already way high in protein. For a Doberman I wouldn't worry about adding more. Exercise is the key to getting him in shape - and exercise for a Doberman is serious, they're the war-horse of the dog community.

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Thank you very much! So far we don't see any problems, he is very well adjusted. Our yard is average sized i guess and I do need to get some tennis balls and stuff he can chase. My wife jogs and she is going to start to take him with her on her runs. We did take him to the dog park eralier this evening and after a little bit of hesitation the "doberman" in him clicked and he was off! He ran pretty well at full force, took a break, and then played with two other dogs that were there. I was so proud! We are deffinately going to make this a habit. He deffinately has chub! His skin is loose and he is not very firm at all. I think this was on account of gaining almost 50lbs in two months at the animal rescue. I think thoug with feeding him once a day rather than free feeding him (like at the shelter) and good hard daily exersize for him and dad, he should be back on track! Thanks again, and if you or anyone else has any other ideas, let me know!

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Congrats on the new dog. I never seem to have all the time I would like to spend with our dogs. We now have a Boxer and a Dobe. The Boxer has always been very active and kept weight down on her own but now that she is nine years old she's slowing down a bit and gaining some weight. To supplement the time I cant spend with them at the park, walking, etc. , I take her with me on any trips possible. This keeps her from just curling up somewhere and sleeping. Plus I like to let her stick her head out the sunroof and stretch her lips back ;D .