Shooting Season is in full swing, and we've had inquiries from individuals seeking advice on keeping their dogs energised during hunting trips. In this article, I'll provide tips to ensure your dog remains energetic during Shooting Season.
You're outdoors, moving up and down, working with your trusty canine companion, and you want your dog to stay focused and full of energy.
How can you use nutrition to achieve this? There are two crucial factors to consider: hydration and nutrition quality.
Hydration plays a vital role in your dog's cognitive function. Ensure your dog has regular access to water and carry a travel bowl for them to drink during breaks.
Keeping your dog properly hydrated is essential.
The most critical aspect is nutrition. What should you feed your dog to ensure peak performance? For working dogs, grains and high-glycemic carbohydrates are unnecessary.
Avoid foods with rice, wheat, barley, corn, or soy, as these ingredients can be inflammatory and hinder your dog's focus.
Prioritise high-quality meat sources, such as freshly prepared, free-range chicken, fresh lamb, salmon, and other wholesome ingredients. Most working dog foods include rubbish ingredients and are full of cheap fillers.
Regarding meat sources, consider feeding your dog something highly digestible in the morning, such as turkey or chicken, to keep them energised throughout the day. In the evening, opt for slightly richer options like salmon, deer, lamb, or pork to allow their bodies to replenish overnight.
When it comes to quantities, increase the amount of food you provide, especially if your dog is active all day, regardless of the weather. As a general guideline, increase kibble portions by 5-10% and raw food portions by 2-3%. Adequate nutrition will help your dog perform at their best and stay alert.
Avoid putting too much emphasis on supplements or treats. Instead, invest in high-quality food. If you must bring treats, opt for those with high digestible protein and single protein sources, such as 100% chicken, sprouts, deer, or game. Avoid treats with cereals or gravy, as these may not provide the necessary nutrition for your dog.
Good quality meat sources are of paramount importance for dogs as they play a vital role in their overall health and well-being. Dogs are carnivorous animals, and their diets should ideally be rich in high-quality protein to support muscle growth, energy levels, and a strong immune system.
Quality meat sources provide essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are crucial for maintaining a dog's coat, skin, and organ functions. Moreover, they are easier for dogs to digest, reducing the risk of digestive issues. By prioritising good quality meat in a dog's diet, owners can ensure their furry companions receive the best nutrition possible, promoting longevity and a higher quality of life.
By following these guidelines and ensuring your dog stays hydrated and well-fed, you'll have a successful Shooting Season.