I am wondering what a good weight loss rate is for a lab. Emilu really needs to lose weight, and I have her on a diet of mostly just not giving her treats (she eats a little of everything that I do), and making sure she gets more exercise of hiking on the property. I haven't cut her actual dog food rations yet, because I don't think that she really eats too much dog food. She weighs 83 lbs. What kind of weight loss a week is typical/safe for a labrador?
Giffin & Carlson, p. 282, in "The Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook," 3rd Edition, say that on a weight reduction diet: "The dog should lose no more than two percent of his body weight per week."
I suggest no treats other than dog food. I measure out the amount of kibble for the next meal and, when treats are needed, give "treats" of her usual kibble taken from that quantity.
Also, I buy 5 lb. bags of frozen green beans from Sam's Club (about $1/lb) and cook up a batch sufficient for 3 suppers. I add 1 cup of green beans (cooked w/o salt) to Puff's supper with her 1 cup of kibble (393 kcals/cup) to give her tummy a "full meal" feeling.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":