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Kinetic in the News: Big things happening in 2016

Two very exciting news stories to share regarding Kinetic Performance Dog Food, which is distributed by Hubbard Life!


Welcome to Vohne Liche Kennels

In November of 2015, the tireless efforts of Hubbard’s Bob Roth and Kinetic’s Dave Dourson finally paid off and resulted in the establishment of a new relationship with Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana. Vohne Liche is a full service Working K-9 kennel representing the very best in highly trained police and military service dogs both in the United States and abroad.

Founded in 1993 by United States Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth Licklider, Vohne Liche Kennels is simply the best in the industry in training K-9 Teams for protection duty anywhere in the world. The training staff at VLK consists of eighteen on site trainers and six off site trainers all whom are either former military, law enforcement or both.

Vohne Liche trained K-9 Teams can be found working at any number of local, state and federal agencies including the Pentagon, NSA, DoD, US State Department, US Army and over 500 other US government, police, military and civilian agencies. These guys are the best of the best and we welcome them to the Kinetic team.

To learn more about Vohne Liche Kennels and their training methods, you can visit their website.


Introducing Team Kinetic

In February of 2016, Kinetic officially introduced Team Kinetic, a group of dedicated dog professionals who work to build and support Kinetic. Made up of Team Staff and Pro Staff levels, Team Kinetic is a group of industry influencers who serve as advocates for the Kinetic brand in their respective performance areas.

Current Team Kinetic members represent professional breeders, trainers and competitors in the areas of hunting dogs, mushing dogs and police and military protection dogs. They’re generally very well known in their fields and willing advocates for a brand they believe in. Most current members have been feeding the brand for years and were already working in some unofficial capacity to spread the Kinetic story.

There are also plans to further expand Team Kinetic in the future. While the intent is to maintain a small core group of dedicated members, future plans for Team Kinetic include adding key professionals in other geographies as well as additional performance areas. Additional area of focus might include activities such as herding, dock jumping, agility and other working disciplines.

To learn more about Team Kinetic members and their training and competitive methods, you can view their bios on the Kinetic website.

Posted on 2/17/2016 by Steve Ries  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty, Game Bird, Chinchilla, Guinea Pig, Alpaca, Llama, Deer, Ratite, Pigeon, Rat and Mouse, Bison
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Turn Up the Thermostat!

Winter is officially here and with that a change to colder weather. While it may be easy for us to put on another layer (or three) of clothing or place another “log on the fire” to help keep us warm, it’s not that easy for our animals.  They rely on our support to help them through challenging weather situations. With that in mind, here are some tips to help keep them comfortable and safe during our cold winter months.

  • Feed: Animals may burn up to 30%+ more energy just to stay warm.  Make sure they have the extra calories in their diet or they will burn energy from their body stores. This extra energy can be given by adding oil or fat to the ration which allows the animal to get a concentrated source of energy since fat or oil has 2.25 times more energy than corn for the same volume.  Oil or fat also releases heat slower over time while something like extra corn will burn more quickly in their bodies and then the animals will be cold again.  However, one challenge with oils and fats is that the cold temperature tends to make them a little hard and handling becomes less convenient. This is one place that something like roasted whole soybeans works very well. 


  • Hay: Offer a lower quality (higher fiber) hay.  It will take more energy to digest the fiber and the energy it makes tends to be burned off quickly as a heat source rather than a work energy source. BUT make sure the animal still gets all the nutrients it needs.


  • Water: Make sure they have unfrozen water (heated buckets are wonderful).   Also check for stray voltage, usually in the more permanent facets, for they will not drink if they get a shock.  And watch their feed intake.  If they stop eating, look at the water situation first.


  • Shelters: Shelter is one of the first things all animals will seek.  It does not need to be fancy.  Even a wind break will help prevent the cold air from removing warm trapped air in their hair coat. Preventing an animal from getting wet should also be a goal. Getting the hair wet will remove the warm insulting property of the trapped warm air. Provide shelter with plenty of air movement (but no drafts on the animals).  Confining animals in an enclosed shelter may be warmer but the humidity will quickly increase which may in turn create respiratory concerns.  One other way to make shelters more comfortable for animals is to use round bales of hay inside the barn as a wind break in front of the door where the animals come in and go out.


  • Extra Care for Older Animals: It’s important to remember that older animals don’t always handle the cold as well.  Putting horse blankets on senior horses, an old t-shirt on your favorite girl dog before she goes out to use the bathroom, leaving the garage door slightly cracked for the cats to come in and putting a heat lamp in the chicken coop are all extra efforts that will increase animal comfort.


Animals are usually very well equipped to keep warm in the colder weather but with some early planning and observations, we can help prevent any cold weather issue with our animals.

Stop in at your local Hubbard Feeds dealer and ask about our line of Hubbard® Life products.

Posted on 1/27/2014 by Dr. Ed Bonnette  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty, Game Bird, Chinchilla, Guinea Pig, Alpaca, Llama, Deer, Ratite, Pigeon, Rat and Mouse, Bison
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Weather Changes: Does your animal’s house need adjusting?

About two weekends ago, it was really nice weather-wise at my farm.  We had beautiful, sunny days in the 50’s.   The horses were feeling good and in turn were starting to rub on every little corner and edge they could find to get rid of their winter coats.  The dogs were starting to do the same thing except inside our house (Dyson vacuum sweepers are wonderful).   But this weekend, we had 8 inches of snow on the ground so the blankets were back on the horses and the dogs tend not to spend as much time outside doing their business.

Where I live in Ohio, this is normal weather.  Like the old saying “if you don’t like the weather we are having, wait a little while and it will change”.  So what do you do with animals that cannot control their environments like chickens in their coop?  I have sliding windows high and low in my chicken coop.  As it becomes warmer, I can slide the upper window open to whatever I think is needed.  When it is cooler again in a few days, I can easily close them to help regulate the temperature.  When it becomes much warmer in the summer, I can open all the windows to help with temperature control (but I make sure that the wind never blows directly on the birds).  And when it is warm and dry enough to haul my horse and llama manure to all the neighbor’s gardens, I will remove all the old bedding in the chicken pen too.  But up until that time, I will keep adding fresh, dry bedding to the pen so I do not stir up all the dust and ammonia which without enough ventilation could hurt the birds.

My next door neighbor down the road is the local 4-H rabbit club advisor and basically follows the same procedure with their rabbit pens.   Even though the pens are above the ground and there are several rabbits under one roof with a pen for each rabbit, the same principles apply.

And remember all animals may be affected by the warmer weather too.   We watch the dogs as they go out the main door (to go to a 4-H meeting or a show) for we use salt to help keep the ice under control during the winter.  Until April showers wash away most of the salt, we keep a careful eye on the dog’s feet.   The Shelties have the hair between their toes trimmed for showing but we try to wipe their feet as they come in and out of that door to remove all the salt we can.  Or even the bigger animals like horses can be a concern.  As it becomes warmer, even though we clean the stall daily, some of the urine penetrates into the ground.  Warmer weather increases bacteria activity that will release more of the ammonia.  I use a product like Stall Dry or something similar that is not an ag lime to help control the smell when the stalls are heavily cleaned.  It helps control the quality of air at their level, but does not affect their feet.

So as it becomes warmer… then colder….then warmer again, we must remember to adjust our animal’s environment with actions that will help them.

Posted on 4/9/2013 by Dr. Ed Bonnette  |  Category: Alpaca, Bison, Cat, Chinchilla, Deer, Dog, Equine, Game Bird, Goat, Guinea Pig, Llama, Pigeon, Poultry, Rabbit, Rat and Mouse, Ratite, Sheep, Specialty
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