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Feeding Tips for Working Dogs

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.

We all know that active working dogs have higher nutritional requirements than the typical house dog. These dogs are athletes with the corresponding caloric requirements that go along with the elevated energy and activity levels. For the high performance dog, though, it’s not only about meeting nutritional requirements. When and how you feed can have a significant impact on the performance level of your working dog. Here are a few key feeding and management tips for hard working dogs.

Feeding Before Work

One of the most frequent discussions to come up with regard to feeding working dogs is how long to before extensive work it’s best to feed your dog. Regardless of how you might view working out yourself on an empty stomach, a dog that has fasted is likely to perform far better than a dog that’s been fed too recently. As dogs will store energy, feeding 6-12 hours before an extended work period is going to give you the best results. This allows for full digestion so your dog can store energy and also helps reduce the risk of physical issues like twist, or bloat.

Feeding After WorkFeeding Working Dogs

Since your dog fasted before work you don’t want to make them fast too long after. You do want to make sure they have a sufficient cooling off period, though, before introducing food after the workout. Water soon after work followed by a 30-60 minute cooling off period should be sufficient for your dog to adjust. After that, feed when they’re ready and make sure to continue to offer plenty of fresh, clean water.

What to Feed

This one is pretty simple. For working dogs, you get the best results by feeding fat at higher levels than you would think is healthy. Optimally, your working dog should be getting a diet with 40-50% of the calories coming from fat. Dogs burn fat far more efficiently than we humans do and you’ll get far more endurance from a high fat diet. They still make use of protein and carbohydrates, but a high fat diet, combined with a fasting period before heavy work, allows your working dog to function at peak efficiency.

It’s also important to note that keeping your dog on a fairly high fat diet year round is likely to shorten the adjustment periods from lower activity needs to higher ones. Basically, feed a performance diet year round even if you need to feed a bit less when the dog isn’t working as hard. Decreasing the fat levels in the diet just to decrease the calories can actually be counterproductive to maintaining the desired fitness level.

Feeding and Management

Feeding a quality food is an essential component of working dog health and performance. It’s what we do here at Kinetic and we’re extremely passionate about it. Still, we recognize that there’s more to a feeding program than just the food. Proper feeding and management practices together can help you get the best performance from your working dogs as well as setting them up for optimal long term health.

Why We Started a Dog Food Company

Kinetic Co-Owner Dave Dourson talks about why they started a dog food company focused on the needs of working and sporting dogs.

What Makes Kinetic Performance Dog Food Different

Kinetic Co-Owner John Howard talks about what makes the Kinetic Performance Dog Food product line different from other foods on the market.

Kinetic on GSA Schedule

We have great news! Kinetic Performance Dog Food is now available for pallet sales to our customers with the federal government. You can now find Kinetic on the GSA Schedule for immediate purchase through our distribution partner, Wrigglesworth Enterprises. Following are links to the various Kinetic products on the GSA Advantage website.

 

Kinetic Active 26K Formula

Kinetic Puppy 28K Formula

Kinetic Power 30K Formula

Kinetic Ultra 32K Formula

 

Special Orders Also Available

Kinetic is available in mixed pallets and less than pallet quantities by request. Please contact Wrigglesworth Enterprises with any special order requests. Following is their contact information.

Wrigglesworth Enterprises
3516 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone (910) 395-1904 
Fax (910) 395-0026 
Email gov@wesourceusa.com

November USCA Member Spotlight

This article originally appeared in the November issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.

Meet Jason Wiggins of Burlington, KY and the Wildcat Schutzhund Club

Kinetic Co-Owner, Dave Dourson, had the chance to sit down with USCA Member, Jason Wiggins, to talk about the USCA, the sport of Schutzhund and how he sees Kinetic Performance Dog Food working with his dogs.

 

Dave: So Jason, how did you get into dog training?

Jason: I started out when I was 10 training Great Pyrenees for AKC Obedience competitions. I met someone who was training Schutzhund when I was 14 and got my first dog to get started in Schutzhund. I caught the bug then and have been with it ever since. It’s just my passion and what I love to do. I was fortunate enough to have some great mentoring and have been able to evolve over the years. What training was 10 or 15 years ago is different from a lot of what we’re doing today. The standards haven’t really changed that much but the training methods have definitely evolved over the years.

Jason Wiggins USCA

 

Dave: One of the things we love about the sport is that so many women are involved. What do you see in your local club and to what do you attribute for the high female participation?

Jason: I can’t really say what the numbers are nationally but the ratio in our local club is about 50/50. The sport is really dependent on putting in the work and building that trust with your dog so we encourage anyone who wants to come out and train and be part of the sport.

 

Dave: Are there a lot of ex-police and military people involved in the sport or is the membership primary civilian?

Jason: There seem to be quite a few former Law Enforcement members involved in the sport. A lot of them, when they retire, they still love being around dogs and actively training so Schutzhund is a great way to stay involved.

 

Dave: So tell me a little bit about the Wildcat Schutzhund Club.

Jason: We’re a smaller but very active club. We only put on about one event every other year but we actively compete throughout the year. Pretty much everyone in our club has competed at the national level or higher. Most of us are really drawn to the competition but there are a number that do it to develop active protection dogs as well.

 

Dave: So your dogs are very active and under a fair amount of stress. I know you initially followed us for a while before trying Kinetic. What convinced you to try Kinetic and what have you seen since switching from your previous dog food?

Jason: I’ve been on Kinetic for a little over a year now. I initially made the switch because I couldn’t find one food which worked consistently. I was always feeding good foods but I just couldn’t seem to find one that worked across all my dogs. What I’ve found with Kinetic is all of my dogs seem to do well with it. I also like the fact that, with your various formulas, I can easily cycle between one formula and another depending on how heavy I’m training or competing and I don’t have any transition issues. A lot of our club members on now feeding Kinetic and seeing really positive results.

 

We want to thank Jason for taking the time to talk to us and for sharing his feedback on Kinetic. If you’re an active USCA member and have a story to share on how Kinetic is working in your training program, you can reach Dave at dave@kineticdogfood.com and tell him your story.

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