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Hello, as part of my year-long high school project for engineering class, I am working to find and create solutions to problems that owners may face as dogs grow bigger and older. I would love to hear of your experiences as it will help me narrow down a main problem.

Do you experience any problems or inconveniences as your dog grows bigger? What dog breed is it? Do they eat too much or too often? Do they become to heavy to lift? Anything?

All of your responses will help a ton! Thanks!:thumbsup:
 

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Do you mean weight wise, or from cute puppy to older in shape dog?

If you meant weight....
My boy is a toy breed, he should weight between 8 and 9 lbs, but as he got older he kept gaining weight and he topped out at 10.8 lbs. Now I could still pick him up and carry him around, people still thought he was cute, but he was over weight trending towards obese.

Here's what happened when he was at his heaviest...
He could no longer easily jump, I had to help him get on the couch.
He no longer wanted to play much, a 2 year old dog should have lots of energy and but he had very little.
He rarely ran, and seldom trotted, on walks he walked slowly. At his age he should have been trotting everywhere.
He started having back problems that my vet said was brought on by the extra weight.
He has luxating patella (bad knees) it's genetic but being over weight made it worse.

Through cutting back on his food, strict portion control with his treats, and then increasing exercise he now weights around 9 lbs. He lost almost 20 percent of his body weight.

He turned 4 years old last month, and now that he's at his ideal weight:
He has a lot of energy and wants to play and run.
He can easily jump onto the couch and up even higher then that.
He loves to play, and pesters me to do so, he'll get the zoomies and run at top speed.
He trots when we go on walks.
He no longer has back trouble, although that is through a combo of things not just weight loss.
His knees don't seem to bother him, he'll jump and pounce when he plays.
 

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Back when I had my elderly dog:

He weight was never a problem, but severe arthritis was. He got to where it hurt him to go up and down steps so I ended up having to carry him. He also had trouble on walks and would stumble, I never did find a solution to that issue. He was short, only 24 lbs, and nothing that I saw on the market would have helped, everything was made for larger, taller, dogs.
 

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Back when I had my elderly dog:

He weight was never a problem, but severe arthritis was. He got to where it hurt him to go up and down steps so I ended up having to carry him. He also had trouble on walks and would stumble, I never did find a solution to that issue. He was short, only 24 lbs, and nothing that I saw on the market would have helped, everything was made for larger, taller, dogs.
Thank you for you're feedback RAIN! Glad to hear you're dog lost weight and is doing better. You're feedback has helped me consider the problem for dogs having trouble moving around. Thanks again.
 
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