When choosing the right nutrition formula and feeding schedule, consider the type of activity your dog performs and the duration, intensity and frequency of that activity. Handlers should rely on their dog’s body condition score as a good indicator of whether or not their current feeding regimen is working well.
Let Activity and Environment Lead the Way
The type and amount of food you feed your performance dog should always be adapted to their activity level and environment. Depending on whether you’re trying to feed for peak performance or manage weight in the off-season, you may want to modify portions or select another product within an appropriate range.
When to Feed and Hydrate
On a heavy exercise day, your dog should eat the majority of his daily food post-activity. Be sure to feed a formula suited to the type of effort he is expending and to hydrate before and after work.
Prepping for Competition
To help maximize performance during a competition or a particularly strenuous day, reduce your dog’s feeding amount by 20% the night before a high-intensity event.
Dogs burning fewer calories during part of the year should have their nutrition adjusted. They should still receive at least two meals a day, but in a smaller amount or composed of a less energy-concentrated formula.