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Feeding Working Stock Dogs

Fuel for Working Kelpies

This is a pretty cool video of some stock dogs fueled by Kinetic at work in the field. These dogs burn a lot of energy and definitely benefit from a high energy, high performance diet.

Thanks to our friends from the Lazy Y Cattle Company in southwest Nebraska for the video. We love to see working dogs doing what they were born to do!

Why Performance Dogs Need Performance Food

Food for the Performance Dog

We love our dogs. Sometimes we love our dogs as much, or more, as some of the people in our lives. They’re our loyal companions in the house, in the field and on the trail. We even treat them like family members and that’s OK. Except when it comes to nutrition.

Performance Dogs Are Different

Our working and sporting dogs aren’t like people when it comes to their dietary needs. They’re not even really like other dogs. Their bodies perform differently and they need to be fueled differently because they’re not normal dogs. They’re performance dogs. They’re the athletes of the canine world and their nutrition program needs to reflect that.

Performance Food Must Be Different

There are a number of significant differences in the dietary needs of performance dogs but most of them really fall into to two major categories. First, they burn a lot of energy so they need a lot of calories. Second, they’re under a lot of stress, both mental and physical, so they need food that accommodates that.

Providing the Energy

Performance Dog Food NutrientsTo provide the appropriate energy, it’s important to create the proper balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates to deliver energy over an appropriate duration. This means using the right kinds of ingredients in addition to the right amounts.

  • Higher levels of protein in bio-available forms are necessary to support muscle building and recovery but need to be delivered in a way that’s digestible without excess volume. Without a doubt, the best bio-available forms of protein for a dog are animal based proteins and that means meat, fish and egg sources.
  • Dogs that are extremely active for hours at a time benefit from increased levels of fat in their diets because it metabolizes slower and provides energy for endurance. Fat works for performance dogs similar to the way carbs work for human endurance athletes.
  • Carbohydrates must be provided in such a way to provide energy without burning too quickly and without adding too much or the wrong kind of fiber. Carbs are a nice way to put some body cover on a dog or provide a quick burst of energy. For extended activity, though, carbohydrates should not be a primary source of calories your performance dog.

Managing the Stress

This refers to both mental and physical stress because, in dogs, even the mental stress manifests itself as obvious physical effects. Stress in a canine athlete is compounded by the fact that the effects of stress on digestion make it difficult to replenish nutrients lost during extreme activity. This means a performance dog food must provide essential nutrients to replenish and recover while at the same time support optimal digestive health to enable nutrient absorption.

  • Vitamins and trace minerals must be delivered in concentrated forms and at higher levels on certain nutrients than are generally recommended or required for less active animals.
  • Prebiotics and probiotics can be introduced to support the growth of good bacteria and provide a healthy and productive gut environment.
  • Fiber sources must be limited to only those of suitable solubility and with fermentation rates that won’t disrupt proper digestion and nutrient absorption or loosen stools.

Put Away the Nuts and Berries

Many current trends in dog food include the introduction of non-traditional ingredients resulting from the “humanization” of our views on our dogs. While these ingredients often provide very limited value to the typical companion dog, they also don’t cause any apparent harm due to low activity and stress levels. For the performance dog, though, the introduction of non-traditional protein, fat, carbohydrate and fiber sources can have an adverse and counter-productive effect on both the performance and the overall health of the dog. Remember that, while dogs aren’t true carnivores, they don’t gain nearly the same nutritional benefits from many fruits, vegetables and grains as their human counterparts. Feed them like the canine athletes they are and they’ll respond in ways that make it obvious you made the right decision.

Buy Kinetic Dog Food Online at Lambert

Lambert Vet Supply Stocks Kinetic Dog Food

Lambert Vet SupplyWe’re pleased to announce Lambert Vet Supply as the newest distributor of Kinetic Performance Dog Food. Lambert now carries the full Kinetic line of products both in their warehouse and online. Customers in Lambert’s service area can now receive Kinetic with their normal deliveries of other Lambert products.

Purchase Kinetic Online

If you’re not in the Lambert service area, you can also purchase from their online store. Lambert offers free standard ground shipping, within the contiguous USA only, with each order of $100 or more. This is valid on web orders only and size restrictions may apply. To purchase Kinetic Dog Food online, simply click on the Lambert Vet Supply logo to the right to visit their online store.

Why DHA is Good for Dogs

What is DHA?

DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is a natural omega-3 fatty acid found and used throughout your dog’s body. It’s concentrated most heavily in the brain and retina where it makes up around 90% of the omega-3 fats. It’s also a key component in the muscles of the heart.

Is it Good for Dogs?

DHA Good for DogsThere have been many studies showing that dogs, and many other mammals like humans, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA. DHA is an essential building block in the development and maintenance of healthy hearts, eyes and brains. DHA has also been found to support a healthy nervous system. It’s considered particularly important in the healthy development of puppies.

Where Does DHA Come From?

For puppies, the primary source of DHA is from their mother’s milk. DHA can also be sourced from certain food components including fish meals, fish oils, eggs and some vegetable sources. Fish meals and oils are generally considered the best sources of DHA in dog food.

Does Kinetic Dog Food Have DHA?

Every Kinetic formula includes DHA that is sourced naturally from high quality menhaden fish meal and fish oil. Our puppy formula also includes elevated levels of DHA to support healthy development of your pup’s brain, eyes and heart.

German Wirehaired Pointer

How They Look

The German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) is a large hunting breed with a coarse, wiry coat that’s the most obvious feature of the breed. Color of the hair coat should be liver and white or black and white, ticked or roan although an occasional solid liver color is possible. Their tails are generally docked to roughly forty percent of full length.

How They Grow German Wirehaired Pointer Hunting Dog

German Wirehairs are large dogs and grow at a fairly rapid pace. For adult dogs, height usually ranges from 22 to 26 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders and weight usually ranges between 55 and 75 pounds. While you don’t want them to grow too fast it’s important to keep them well fed as they can become too lean.

How They Hunt

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a good all-around gun dog that’s proficient in hunting many types of game on a broad range of terrain. It’s a versatile hunting breed that will track, point, and retrieve on land and water. They’re generally sturdy, well muscled and fairly athletic despite a sometimes stocky appearance. Their wiry, durable coat makes them a natural and determined hunter even in rough and rugged cover.

How They Behave

The German Wirehair is an affectionate hunting companion to the immediate family but can seem aloof or standoffish to strangers. They’re very loyal and make excellent family and hunting companions provided they’re kept active. They’re a common choice for people looking for a solid hunting companion that have allergies to hair from dogs.

What To Feed

Hunting GWPs are about equally likely to struggle to maintain weight as to easily maintain it. We generally recommend starting on the Power 30K formula and possibly switching to the Active 26K formula if your dog seems to be putting on more weight than desired.

Kinetic Power 30K performance dog food