Feed your dog anymore the night before a trial bcause of all the extra work they will be doing, that of course being u make it out of first series. Do any of y'all use any type of electrolyte drink during day at trial or just water?
I don't change anything but sometimes the dogs do.
If we've travelled, and they know what's up, they sometimes don't eat as much. I wouldn't feed more prior. Partly because of what travel & excitement does to their digestive system.
I haven't used the electrolyte stuff in their water. I wonder what others think of it too.
I will be giving a talk on conditioning the SAR dog and have been researching it alot. Most nutritionist recommend giving the bulk of the carbs and protein ~12-17 hours prior to expected exertion. Then a small amount 3-5 hours prior.
Also, giving a simple carb during or immediately after helps with the recovery.
On my oversized behemoth of a Lab, I use syrup mixed with water and give it to him during his task. I've also used nutrical as a supplement during work, but it is too expensive to use consistently. I can't give him any solid food while he is working because he'll throw it all back up. I feed the majority of his meal in the evening and only a small amount in the morning.
There is a product called maltodextrin that some people use to boost the carbs during a work out. However, it is difficult to find and unwieldly to use.
So he gets nothing extra, but I do try to boost him during a day he is working hard.