Friday, January 18, 2013

Dachshund Mommy On: Nola's Waistline

     Hi, everyone! Nola has decided to be generous at let me post two days in a row, LOL.
Today I'm joining in the Show Off Your Dog's Waistline Campaign hosted by Dawg Business. All you do is take some pictures of your dog, and share how you keep them lean, fit and happy. Easy! So without further ado, here's what I do to keep Nola in shape, some facts about dog obesity and some photos of my lean girl.

    Check out this flow chart here to access your dog's weight. I find this chart to be the best and easiest. Nola scores as a C, which means: "LEAN. Your dog is at the low end of ideal, with less than normal amounts of body fat." 

     Obesity in dogs is a huge epidemic, with 40 to 60% of the population being overweight or obese. The majority of people cannot recognize a dog that is fit and in shape, instead thinking a healthy dog is underweight.
Depending on the breed, you should be able to easily feel the ribs, hips and spine. You should see an evident abdominal tuck up when viewing your dog from the side, and a defined waist when seen from above. Obviously, a greyhound is going to look different from a Bulldog, but in general you should see a nice, lean frame.

     Dogs who are overweight are at much greater risks for serious health problems, many of the ones humans get, including:

  • Arthritis and joint issues
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease 
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney Disease
  • Higher risks of many cancers
  • Decreased life expectancy by as many as 2.5 years. YEARS!!!
  • Decreased stamina
  • Nearly quadrupled risk of IVDD in Dachshunds and other breeds prone to it
  • Strokes
  • Respiratory issues and difficulty breathing

     Nola is currently about 8lbs, and that is her ideal weight. I can easily feel her hips, spine and ribs, and see the last few ribs. She's solid muscle with very little fat.
Some things I do to keep her this way:

Feed a high quality, grain free food. Nola is on a home cooked diet, and since I cut grains out of her food I've seen a dramatic loss of fat and gaining of muscle.

Monitor the amount she eats. She gets about a 3/4 cup of food a day, in addition to healthy training treats. If she's getting thick, she gets 1/2 and if she's looking too thin I up it to a cup.

Exercise! Every day Nola runs around like mad in our large yard, and I play with her several times a day. Games like tug, chase and kicking around her favorite ball keep her in shape. She also goes running with me several times a week.

Provide lots of fresh water. Just like humans, water is vital for staying healthy.

Closely monitor her body condition. Every week I access Nola's condition and see how she's doing.

That's what we do! Below are some photos of Nola and her lovely figure.

Dachshund Mommy

Defined waist, strongly muscled hind and front legs

No belly sagging as she sits; you can still see her tuck up.

Again,  pure muscle. 

Defined waist (and adorable head tilt!)

This how Nola currently looks, and this is her ideal. Very toned legs, defined waist, a few ribs visible, defined should muscles.

My perfectly fit girl. It was blazing hot, and Nola was running full tilt, but her heart rate stayed slow and she wasn't panting. You can see her rippling muscle and the pure power in her small body.

Tuck up evident even at a distance.


Again, very defined and toned.

I like to be able to see the last few ribs. You can see very, very faintly her hip bones. Tendons and muscle well defined. 


  1. I try hard to keep our dogs on the learner side, with pugs and bulldogs who are naturally bulky it can be a little tough to strike the right balance. I always ask the vet if they need to loose a pound or too and they do go up and down. Nola looks fantastic

    urban hounds

  2. Nola we are all admiring your figure! This is something that we struggle with at our house.

  3. Nola, you look so good. Mom only feeds me 1/3 cup of "lite" kibble daily and I still can't lose weight. But I'm 9 years old and have been a couch potato most of my life. Nothing better than a good nap I always say. Mom says different, but I never listen. And since I'm losing my eyesight from PRA, I don't like to run that much cause I might run into something.

  4. I have always been super impressed at how lean your dogs are. Knowing how difficult it can be to maintain this, you should be so proud at how healthy you are keeping her!

  5. Mum be a little paranoid bout our weight too. Girl you got it goin; ON!


  6. She is looking very slim, I need to work on the girl's waistlines now they are getting old and a bit creaky.
    Lynne x

  7. Nola, you do look GREAT!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  8. Nola you look as beautiful as ever. However Tucker and I both would lose any contest concerning weight, us Pug's aren't known for being slim and trim and Tucker has to take Phenobarbital that makes him pack on a couple extra pounds.

  9. All you need now Nola is to put on your yellow polka dot bikini! You look fab my furend, simply fab!

    Lily Belle

  10. Nola do you realize what mom is talking about!!! Your figure and waistline
    Benny & Lily

  11. Nola must the most fit Dachshund I've have ever seen! Great job! And thank you for participating in the campaign.

  12. I second Jana's comment. Doxies, in general, tend to be easy to fatten. Amazing job keeping Nola super fit.

    I kindasortamaybe wish Elli were all one color... the camera has so much trouble capturing light against her blackpatch of a hind-end and contrasting it with her stark white body. With monochrome dogs, you can see their muscle definition way easier, like Nola's! Her legs look GREAT!

  13. Great advice! Nola you look like you are in tip top shape!

    Your pal, Pip

  14. Woof! Woof! Looking good NOLA. 8lbs WOW! and you are super lean. Good job n keep it up. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  15. Nola, you are toned! You should totally be on the cover of Dachsy Fitness Weekly.

    Loveys Sasha

  16. Hey Nola!
    Wow, you're gorgeous, girl! Sounds like Dachshund Mommy takes excellent care of you and that fun exercise is just the ticket!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  17. Lookin' good Nola! Our Lady worries about this a lot too. Our Grammie actually thought we might be underweight, but our vet said we were perfect. Our one cat, Baggy is a little overweight, but he is 18 and can't get around as much. The vet said we could just let him be! It is different when you are old!

    Take care and keep lookin' awesome!

  18. Yep, looks like you're in great shape

  19. you should check out our body score chart. We have included pictures and descriptions to try and descirbe an ideal body shape, however this is only a guide! Thought you may like to look at it!

  20. Have you ever considered being a dog model Nola?

  21. Nola looks AMAZING, I see so many overweight Doxies hree it is such a shame :(


  22. Lookin' good, Nola! I see a lot of dachshunds that are overweight, so I'm glad you are being a good role model to those dogs and their owners. We just joined the campaign today.


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