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Lately I've been going a little wild buying tons of different things for the kong toys and also getting different bones for them. I wonder though if I should be giving less food if I'm giving that stuff? Or how often do you give a bones/treats if your dogs are on a kibble diet?
 

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Before I got all anal about it dealing with Sassy's kidney disease I just gave the dogs a chew when they needed one. If they got 'fluffy' I fed a little less kibble, if they got 'ribby' I fed a little more. You can substitute about 25% of the complete and balanced diet kibble with reasonably good treat calories without affecting the overall quality of the diet. So long as the treats have a good amount of protein then treat away. If you see that giving your dog a something like a 12" bully stick causes loose stool the following day then you know that was too much food, reduce the next meal and see if that changes things for the better.
 

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Thanks for replying. I will definitely just keep an eye out. They are at a healthy weight range right now.
 

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Technically yes, but it depends a lot on the dog. A larger dog who also has a high metabolism may be able to easy burn up a few extra calories. Another dog with a lower metabolism may gain weight at the slightest deviation in their total calories.

I would just keep an eye on it. I generally give bully sticks without reducing food (sometimes up to one a day, because I have a puppy who need something to do). But if we have an obedience class and I give tons of high calorie treats I'll usually skip their dinner that night. If I give them something and they get loose stools the next day, I don't give them that much of the treat, or I cut back on some food the next time I give it.
 

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For me I would only deviate if it was something given more regularly than once or twice a week. Depending on the dog, of course.

When Luna get's the occasional kong with PB or raw bone I don't adjust her food because those things happen maybe once a month or less. I also don't compensate more than a small amount for class treats because it's just 1 day a week for us so it's not really a big deal.
 

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With the harder to chew items, it seems like Kabota burns enough calories chewing it to make up for the calories in the chew, so I've never needed to compensate.
 

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My dogs are active and do performance sports so they burn a crap load of calories in general on any given day. I give them extras like fish skins, liver chips, marrow bones, etc. whenever and I don't worry about decreasing their meal amount.
 
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