Increasing exercise is never a bad thing (for the dog and the human - LOL!), then cutting back on food if necessary - if you feel your dog is overweight. Of course making sure you are feeding a high quality food.
As someone else also already said, "Easier said than done."
But, losing weight is a simple more work and/or less food situation. Not easy; just simple.
I had also initially mis-informed myself.... Draco still hovers around 60-65 pounds but looks very like Woodrat's posted picture....Wicca is, also, still a few pounds heavier than we wish but is healthy. And slowly bringing her weight down and her exercise up.
I'll update with photos in a different thread soon.
For this reply -- each dog is his or her own... I/we can't give Draco all the exercise he needs so it's off to the dogpark.
Here's one thing we note with Draco.... at the dog park, Draco's thing is to find a dog chasing a ball and shadow them. Back-n-forth, he is not the least bit interested in the ball -- he just wants to run with a dog that's chasing a ball..
Yesterday, Dog #1 is a long-haired retriever. Back-n-forth until that dog tires and leaves.
Dog #2 is likely an English Springer or Britany Spaniel. Back-n-forth until that dog tires and leaves.
Dog #3 is likely a cattle dog & small shepherd of some kind. Back-n-forth until that dog tires and leaves. We leave with them and Draco wanted to stay.
This happens almost every time. Draco runs with no less than two dogs per visit. He may not be the fastest but he is in excellent condition. His duration is amazing and he's smiling the whole time.
My point being.... his weight is pretty stable. We've found a balance in amount of food and exercise that fits our lifestyle.
My brother's doctor told him that to lose weight you have to be just a little hungry all the time. That's tough enough for humans to manage but dogs that are always hungry are always hunting/scrounging/foraging. That can lead to behavior issues if not planned for.
Keep your pictures, questions and answers coming.
We're all in this together and we're all here for us....