We spent a little time with our friend and Pro Staffer Steve Ries of Top Gun Kennel talking German Shorthairs and feeding canine athletes.Continue Reading →
This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.
To owners and handlers of working and sporting dogs, it probably comes as no surprise that dogs have different nutritional needs depending on their activity level. Obviously when they’re working harder, they burn more calories. When they’re not working as frequently or as strenuously, they won’t ...Continue Reading →
This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.
Following our previous Feeding and Management article we received some requests for additional details and clarification. In recognition of both the interest and the quality of the inquiry, we wanted to provide a follow-up article addressing the specific questions raised. Keeping in mind that feeding, in general, can be a bit of a balancing act, here’s how we’d try to accommodate some of the questions raised.
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This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.
Some of the most common questions we get don’t have much to do with the actual nutritional aspects of our products. These questions fall more under the “Feeding and Management” areas of canine care and are more about when and how often to feed. We’ve touched on these subjects in past articles but they’re important enough that we wanted to address them in more detail.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.
If you’ve paid much attention to dog food labels and nutrition claims, you’ve probably run across the term “chelated minerals” and may have wondered what they are. In short, chelated minerals, also referred to as organic trace minerals, are minerals which have been bound to an organic molecule, typically an amino acid, through the process called chelation.
Benefits of Chelated Minerals
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This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.
Some recent warnings issued by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) have dog owners concerned about their heart health of their dogs. In short, ingredients such as peas, potatoes, lentils and legumes have been linked to significantly increased rates of canine heart disease in breeds not known for their susceptibility to the disease.
Is it Only Grain Free Foods?
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This article originally appeared in the January 2018 issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.
Part of what we do in our frequent involvement with working dog handlers is give presentations on general nutrition. During these, we often touch on the importance of a meat diet versus many of the trendy ingredients. One of our favorite examples is pumpkin and the very limited nutritional value it provides to dogs. This elicited a very good question at one of our recent talks that seemed ...Continue Reading →
This article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.
One of the hot topics in both human and canine nutrition is the use of probiotics. This is one of the more important trends in the canine nutrition world that affect working dogs due to their higher activity and stress levels. The lesser known and discussed prebiotics can play just as important a role in digestive health, though, and are a nice complementary component to probiotics in the ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →