What is your feeding schedule for your adult dogs?
Hi Keith,okefenokee dawgs said:(nsip)After reading an article in a recent RJ magazine where a report from Purina concerning this topic was discussed, I am of the opinion I have been correct all along. The report sites a study on sled dogs that are fasted for 24 hours before competition in order to maximize stamina and reduce stomach stress. The article is inciteful and useful for those seeking proper feeding applications for working dogs. In my opinion a working dog, fed properly with the correct type of food and in the correct amount, does not benefit and may even suffer from a twice daily feeding routine.(snip)
Hi Keith,I routinely run my dogs for a mile or so before work begins. I then run a series of land and water setups that are pretty tough physically. I then finish the session with a few miles of running behind the 4 wheeler and have them retire to their kennels to cool down before feeding.
I don't know about you guys but that scenario does not sound like a sprint training session.
Hi Keith,okefenokee dawgs said:(snip)I don't know about you guys but that scenario does not sound like a sprint training session.(snip)
I wasn't saying to feed more. I was just saying that the protocol for feeding and supplementation is different for performance versus endurance athletes. Dr. Gillette did an hour-long presentation on it and I wrote down almost everything he said -- most of which was over my head. The bottom line was that the metabolic activity in their muscles was different as far as the "goodies" they used to optimize performance. The muscular function in sprint versus endurance athletes was amazingly different. For quick bursts of activity, you want one type of supplementation. And for long-term activity, you want another type of supplementation. The muscles work in two different ways for each type of activity -- or rather... The muscles start out working in one particular way and then switch over as activity goes beyond a certain period of time. So our dogs (sprinters) wouldn't benefit from a program that's structured for endurance athletes because they never work long enough to reap those benefits.okefenokee dawgs said:Kristie,
I seem to be missing something. If endurance dogs that go all day, whatever breed that may be, can and do perform better on one feeding per day, why would we feed more food to a dog that is parhaps more sedentary in terms of activity level?