Nutrition in the Sled Dog A Practical Overview Nutrition-Can it be simple? Key Points Exercise leads to increased metabolism. Nutrition cannot overcome deficits in genetics or training. Water is the most important nutrient. Assess the dog; touch the dog. Assess the food:
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A Practical Overview
Train until you notice a difference in your dogs.
Two types of muscle fibers:
Feeding high levels of fat may positively effect endurance.
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Cramping often due to calcium issues.
Should add when using high additions of muscle meats.
Amount to use-approximately 1 tablespoon per 5 lbs meat or 15 grams per 2 kgs meat.
Relationship with other vitamins.
40-60% of calories from fats
30-40% of calories from proteins
10-15% of calories from carbohydrates
If the a 1 kg total meal is 2000 Cal, 800-1200C are from fat, 600-800C are from protein, 200C are from carbs.
Acclimate the dogs to these high fat diets or new supplements slowly.
Can you accommodate it. Time to make meal, storage, availability.
Timing of feeding in relation to exercise.
Greater than 4 hours before exercise, less than 2 hours after exercise.
Estimations of how much to feed
Feeding guidelines are rarely correct
How the dogs look and what is comingout
Feed to maintain weight and firm stools. That is all there is to it.Realistic Feeding Plans