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Vohne Liche Kennels and Kinetic Announce 2017 K-9 of the Year

Officer Jonathan Kolb and K-9 Cento Selected

Press release published nationally through Online PR Media.

(Denver, IN) – Vohne Liche Kennels, a full service K-9 training facility for Police and Military Service Dogs, and Kinetic Performance Dog Food, named Officer Jonathan Kolb and K-9 Cento of the Aurora Police Department in Aurora, Indiana as the winners of the 2017 K-9 of the Year contest.  Officer Kolb and Cento will be awarded a one year supply of Kinetic Performance Dog Food for the winning photo submission. In addition, Cento’s winning photo will be featured in Kinetic and Vohne Liche media and marketing materials for 2017.

Police K9 Cento INOfficer Kolb and Cento were selected as the winners by Vohne Liche owner, Ken Licklider, and other members of the Vohne Liche Team. “We work with dogs and handlers from 46 states in the U.S. and more than 20 foreign countries each year,” said Licklider. “Officer Kolb and Cento are a great example, from right here in our home state, of our program to develop the finest working police and military K-9 teams in the world.”

“Vohne Liche Kennels is a great partner and well known as one of the best in the business when it comes to working police and military K-9 dogs and training,” added Dave Dourson, Co-Founder of Kinetic Performance Dog Food. “We couldn’t be prouder of working with them on this contest to help showcase working K-9 teams like Officer Kolb and Cento.”

Cento is 6 ½ years old and has only been paired up with Officer Kolb for a few months. In referencing the photo, Officer Kolb shared, “The winning photo was actually submitted by Cento’s previous handler before we were paired up. Cento is a veteran and never seems too shy around a camera so we have a lot of great working photos.”

About Vohne Liche Kennels

Founded in 1993 by United States Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth Licklider, Vohne Liche Kennels is simply the best in the industry in training K-9 Teams for protection duty anywhere in the world. The training staff at VLK consists of eighteen on site trainers and six off site trainers all whom are either former military, law enforcement or both. Vohne Liche trained K-9 Teams can be found working at any number of local, state and federal agencies including the Pentagon, NSA, DoD, US State Department, US Army and over 500 other US government, police, military and civilian agencies. To learn more about Vohne Liche Kennels and their training methods, you can visit their website: www.vohneliche.com.

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Getting to the Meat of Dog Food

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2016 Issue of Vohne Liche Kennels’ American Working Dog Magazine.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation in the world of dog food when it comes to ingredients. We’ve touched on some of these in the past when discussing the perceived benefits of grain free foods. Another common misconception is the perceived superiority of whole meats versus meals and by-products. To illustrate the flaws in this, we’ll use the various forms of chicken used in dog food as examples.

 

Pet Food Meats Defined

Following is a summary of how AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) defines these three ingredients. For clarity I’m paraphrasing but it is an accurate characterization of each of the definitions.

 

  • Chicken: Chicken meat, skin and boneKinetic Dog Food Vohne Liche Kennels
  • Chicken Meal: Chicken meat, skin and bone which has been ground and dried
  • Chicken By-Product Meal: Chicken meat, skin, bone, necks, unborn eggs, cleaned entrails, feet and organs which has been ground and dried

 

Now if you believe most of what’s spread around the internet, you’d probably rank the quality of these ingredients in the order shown above. In reality, you’d probably be doing your dogs a nutritional disservice. In most cases, we’d encourage you to move “Chicken” to the last spot on the list and here are three very good reasons why.

 

3 Reasons Meat Meals are Better

Reason #1: Chicken is about 80% water. This means you’ll get about 5 times more meat from both Chicken Meal and Chicken By-Product Meal than you will from whole Chicken. During the manufacturing process all that water is cooked out and you’re left with basically Chicken Meal except only about 20% as much as if you’d have started with a meal.

 

Reason #2: Many foods that use whole Chicken immediately follow it up with some other ingredient to account for the protein they missed out on by not using a meal to begin with. In many cases, this is a vegetable protein, such as Corn Gluten Meal, which dogs absorb at only about half the rate they do a meat protein. In short, you replaced the missing protein with only half of what you should have.

 

Reason #3: As unsavory as it may seem to many people, there’s actually excellent nutrition in the by-product components of Chicken By-Product Meal. Hearts, livers, feet and even clean entrails provide a protein dense meal with a broad nutrient profile that offers nutritional benefits not found in regular Chicken Meal. While it may not sound appetizing, dogs both enjoy it and thrive on it.

 

Specific is a Must

One final distinction that may seem small but is actually pretty important is making sure your meat sources are specific. While a by-product meal may be acceptable, or even preferred, we’d limit that to only those that are known and named. If you see a generically named ingredient such as Poultry By-Product Meal or Meat and Bone Meal, you’re probably better off to avoid those foods. The generic terminology allows for least cost usage of different protein sources in your food. This means you’re quite likely to get a different quality and type of meal from one bag of food to the next. For safety sake, you’re better off avoiding the mystery meat and sticking with something you know.

Kinetic Now in Northstar Pet Foods

Kinetic Adds New Midwest Distributor

Great news for dog lovers in the Midwest! We just added a new distributor for Kinetic here in the heartland. We welcome Northstar Pet Foods who proudly services independent pet food retailers, breeders and kennels throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Here are their contact details. Northstar Pet Foods Logo

Northstar Pet Foods 

11010 89th Ave N

Maple Grove, MN 55369

Phone: (612) 808-5250

 

Product is available and ready to ship!

If you’re looking for an independently owned distributor partner with lots of experience, give them a call.

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