Feeding For The Sport Dog

No dog is the same as another: size, activity, age, make each animal different from the other also from a nutritional point of view.

The dog must be fed according to all these variables, otherwise, his health will suffer.

No special recipes, just a few rules: the dog’s diet must be natural or must be cold pressed, as is the case with NaturaVetal’s CANIS PLUS.

This type of diet is indicated especially for those animals that do a lot of physical activity, such as dogs in the service of law enforcement or civil protection or hunting dogs.

Their energy requirements are different from those of dogs in the living room (CANIS PLUS SPORT is the suitable food).

Nutritional Requirements For Sports Dogs

How many carbohydrates and proteins does a dog have to take? There is no single answer.

Percentages vary depending on the age of the dog (a puppy will need a different percentage than an adult dog), the life the animal leads, its size.

In addition, a dog that has reached the appropriate weight, must also maintain it over time and for this reason the diet will be of maintenance, just as for humans, and as for the so-called “work” dogs, their diet will be proportionate to the energy spent in carrying out their activities.

The caloric intake of the dog is evaluated, basically, taking into account five variables:

  1. Weight and tonnage: a small dog, in proportion, needs more energy than a large dog to maintain its ideal weight. It should be borne in mind that an overweight dog needs even less nutritional energy than the ideal weight.
  2. Age: a puppy’s diet must correspond to more energy than an adult dog’s diet. This is because the puppy is developing, because he moves more and because he has a more accelerated metabolism.
  3. Season: Temperature is an important factor in the calculation of canine energy; a dog with short hair will need more energy during the cold season than in summer. Long-haired dogs also feel the need for more energy in winter than in summer, especially if they do not live at home.
  4. Breed: No dog should be overweight or underweight. But the evaluation also depends on the breed, its physiological approach to food: a dog can be calm or nervous depending on whether its energy intake is satisfactory or not.
  5. Personal characteristics: dogs, like humans, also have a personal relationship with food. If the dog is stressed, he will try to increase the energy supply to his body; less calm dogs need more energy.

Which dogs need more energy?

There is no general answer to this question: even within the same breed, every dog is different.

A dog, even if it is the same breed, may need less energy just because it is quieter: whether small, medium or large does not always count.

A greater energy intake does not mean, however, a greater amount of food, but only that the diet must be different: more or less energy depending on the case. The food given to sports or work dogs is equally satisfying because it gives the dog more energy for the same quantity.

What’s A Work Dog?

Working dogs are those animals that are indispensable contributors to human activity.

A law enforcement dog, a hunting dog, a civil defence dog, a rescue dog, are animals that render their service indispensably to human beings.

They are dogs that must be enabled to perform that specific service and must have perfect physical and psychological characteristics.

Among the most used working dogs we can remember:

  • German Shepherd;
  • Boxer shorts;
  • Labrador Retriever;
  • German Hunting Terrier;
  • Rottweiler;
  • Hovawart;
  • Giant Schnauzer;
  • Dobermann;
  • Australian Shepherd Dog;
  • Border Collie;
  • Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.

There are also breeds of dogs that have a particular predisposition to find drugs, explosives, or people. These dogs are mostly used by law enforcement agencies. To those listed above we can add:

  • Labrador Retriever;
  • Bouvier des Flandres;
  • Airedale-Terrier;
  • Dutch Shepherd Dog.

These are dogs for whom energy supply is crucial.

What Does Dog Food Contain?

If the dog is not a working dog, but only engaged in sporting activities, it can still be fed with this particular food. Dog sports include dog sports:

  • Agility dog;
  • Evidence of usefulness and defence;
  • Obedience;
  • Disc dog;
  • Dog dance;
  • Fly-Ball;
  • Canicross;
  • Jogging (usually with the master).

For dogs that practice these activities, a low-fat, highly assimilable diet with a high percentage of white meat is ideal (CANIS PLUS SPORT), also because it is complemented by puffed brown rice, oats and corn, all healthy, nutritious and low-fat foods.

The processing of this food is cold-pressed so that the primary nutrition characteristics are not destroyed by high temperatures.

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