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Kinetic Dog Food becomes United Schutzhund Clubs of America National Sponsor

National Sponsorship to support USCA dedication to protecting and preserving the German Shepherd Dog’s working heritage.

3-Amigos Nutrition Group, LLC, the makers of Kinetic Performance Dog Food, today announced a new sponsorship agreement with the United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA). Effective immediately, Kinetic, a line of premium foods specifically formulated for active, working and sporting dogs, becomes a National Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Sponsor of the USCA.

United Schutzhund Clubs of America Logo“As the premier national organization dedicated to preserving the German Shepherd Dog’s working heritage, we’re always looking for ways to grow support for our mission,” said USCA President, Jim Alloway. “We see Kinetic as a brand that can meet the high demands we place on our dogs and 3-Amigos as a company that shares our love for working dog breeds and competition.”

“We’ve been working with a number of USCA clubs and members for a while and we see the USCA as a perfect fit with our company emphasis on working and sporting dogs,” added Dave Dourson, Co-Owner of 3-Amigos. “They’re a high quality organization that’s been around for a very long time and our products definitely work well with dogs that have the drive and activity requirements we’re seeing with USCA members.”

About United Schutzhund Clubs of America

Established in 1975, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America is a proud member club of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV) and the American Working Dog Federation (AWDF). As an organization, the USCA is dedicated to protecting and preserving the German Shepherd Dog’s working heritage by hosting conformation shows, breed surveys and Schutzhund trials. These events are structured to maintain and ensure the enduring quality and versatility of the German Shepherd Dog breed. For more information about the United Schutzhund Clubs of America, visit their website at www.germanshepherddog.com.

 

If you’d like to see the official press release, you can view it at Online PR News.

Feeding Pregnant and Whelping Females

North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) Board Member and Kinetic Dog Food Pro Staffer, Dan Hove, talks about the nutritional needs of pregnant and whelping females.

 

Setter Tales TV Episode 5

Wade and the team head to North Central Iowa where Kinetic and Aiming for a Cure are featured in Episode 5 of Sweet Point’s Setter Tales TV.
 

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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