If you achieve a lot, you also have to eat a lot – this applies not only to humans but also to dogs. It’s not just about the quantity, it’s also about the content.
Nutrition for an active dog
Dogs that are challenged above average need special treatment when it comes to nutrition. This does not apply to the family dog, which takes a particularly long walk at the weekend or is out and about more often than the neighbor’s four-legged friend. Physically challenging your dog should be the norm. It’s about four-legged friends who have a “job” and for whom the above-average challenge is part of everyday life.
Heavy workers need a lot of energy
For example, police dogs, sled dogs, shepherd dogs, and hunting dogs, not only have their job in their name but actually do it actively. These animals have a much higher energy requirement than their peers, who go for a walk three times a day and are content with various rounds of play with the family. They need up to four times the dosage of feed, which also requires a special composition. The owners of these dogs usually do not use ready-made industrial food either, but put it together themselves.
Very individual needs
While there are prepackaged mixes for particularly active breeds, the needs of these animals are very different. What and how much such a workhorse needs depends, among other things, on its age and its tasks.
“Active feed” is not for “normal” dogs
We can only urgently recommend owners of “normal” dogs not provide their four-legged friends with food intended for active dogs. Family dogs hardly have the opportunity to dissipate this excess energy again. Result: They either become hyperactive or fat.