Before purchasing your next canine companion animal there several things to consider that will help you achieve a quality and healthy life with the investing of time and costs related. These three important factors (with equal importance) include: genetics, nutrition and care provided.
We will touch briefly on the genetic side by offering encouragement to do your research prior to purchasing your next canine. Make sure this investment has proven genetic traits including health certification in both parents. Most purchases occur with falling in love with the cute, cuddly puppy and we often overlook the 10-12 year commitment. Finding a quality breeder is more important than the breed or convenience of selection.
Next, we need to understand the nutritional needs with your goals included for your canine companion. Once we have established these needs and goals, finding a brand of food to support long term health and performance is actually easier than most want to believe.
Puppies should start off with 3-4 small meals per day until around 14-16 weeks of age. As hard as it is to believe, your small puppy will soon have the same maintenance requirement as his or her mature weight. Feeding smaller amounts more often will help achieve these needs without stomach upset or stool issues.
When choosing a nutrition program, it is important to consider the mature weight of the canine athlete we are feeding. There are different terms used for us to select based on the known growth and development specific to the breed(s) of individual(s). Choices include; Small breed (up to 35 lbs.), medium breed (35-50 lbs.), large breed (50-70 lbs.) and those extra-large breed (70+ lbs.)
Research clearly documents the importance of nurturing the structural development of the growing dog. A good example would be that large breed dog is best supported by feeding diets containing 26%-28% crude protein with 14%-16% fat. Feeding levels are equally as important. They enhance proper skeletal, joint, hip, muscle and tendon strength and development which are key focus points for proper nutrition choices in feeding for the lifetime.
We consider 3-6 months of age important for us to focus on with our feeding program. This phase of their life is referred to as the “rapid growth phase” while continued development will last up to 12-18 months. Feeding to body conditions is most important with any feeding program. If you are not certain where your body condition needs to be, ask your breeder or seek help from your veterinarian.
Finally, exercise is good in moderation during these development phases. We suggest training within the first 22 weeks being the “most important” priority to developing social and learning skills. This implies taking puppies for walks to stretch, grow and develop structure while acclimating their immune system they will need to prosper as adults.
The Kinetic Performance Brand dog food offers different nutrition packages for all levels of canine athletes, regardless of size, activity and immune requirements. These targeted formulas are designed for your canine companion will help you develop a lifetime of structural, immune and physical health.
So take your time and do your homework when choosing your next companion...and be sure to care for him or her properly once you get home so he or she can enjoy a healthy, happy life as your pet.
Steve Ries – Top Gun Kennel www.TopGunGSPs.com
Posted on 5/13/2015 by Steve Ries | Category: Dog
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