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Using a High Energy Formula in Training, Hunting & Competition

Kinetic Staff Member and Upland Gundog Association President, Ryan Eder, discusses the need for a high energy food for training, hunting and competition.


How Kinetic Dog Food was Developed and Tested

Kinetic Co-Owner John Howard talks about how Kinetic was developed and tested and what you can expect from feeding Kinetic products.


Should Your Dog Be Grain Free

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

Why the Push for Grain Free

Over the last decade there’s been a big push on grain free pet foods. Some say they’re healthier as dogs wouldn’t eat grain in the wild. Others say they’re better because grains cause allergies. The truth is that neither of those positions is very accurate and there are good reasons grains have been in dog food for many decades.


Labrador Grain Free Dog FoodDog Food and Starch

Basically, every commercial dry dog food kibble has some kind of carbohydrate source in it which provides starch and fiber. Traditionally those starches were primarily provided by grains. In the grain free diets, they simply replaced the starch from the grains with starch from other plant and vegetable matter like peas or carrots. Are these better sources for your dog? They may be marginally better but often they aren’t. They just look better on the label. From a digestibility standpoint, rice is a better source of starch and digestible fiber than almost all the trendy new fruit and vegetable ingredients.


Eating Grain in the Wild

While it’s true that dogs much prefer to eat meat and fat, they will consume plant matter such as grains and can survive on them. They convert protein from plant matter much less efficiently than animal protein but can break down the carbohydrates into simpler starches and burn the calories. A hungry dog in the wild would be just as likely to eat corn as peas or carrots although none of them should represent the bulk of a canine diet.


Grains as Allergens

While recent consumer perceptions have turned a negative eye to grains as a common source of allergies in their dogs, this is very rarely the case. In fact, your dog is much more likely to develop an allergy to meat and dairy products than to any grain. In addition, the most common grain sources linked to allergies are wheat, soy and corn, and these are often not included in the better premium dog foods. It’s a very rare dog that shows any sort of allergic reaction to grains like rice or sorghum.


Grain Free is a People Thing

The reality is that the push for grain free has been primarily driven by people’s desire to feed their dog as more of a family member than a dog. Dog food companies simply responded to consumer demand despite the fact that there’s no compelling nutritional benefit to a grain free diet. At the end of the day, a high quality, nutritionally balanced food should contain good sources of carbohydrates and certain grains are some of the best sources you can buy.

The Nutrition Impact on Training & Developing Puppies

Kinetic Staff Member and North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) President, Dan Hove, on the importance of nutrition for puppies in training.


Kinetic Now at Midwest Greyhound Supply

They Specialize in Kennel Delivery

Great news for kennel owners looking for bulk deliveries. We just added a new distributor for Kinetic and we wanted to spread the word. We welcome Midwest Greyhound Supply who proudly service kennel owners and independent pet food and feed retailers across more than 30 states.


Here are their contact details. Midwest Greyhound Supply

Midwest Greyhound Supply

713 Old Hwy 40

Abilene, KS 67410

Phone: 800-221-9552


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