Is your pooch a canine athlete? And if so, should you add or subtract anything from your dog's diet to help them perform at their optimal level? O.K., just like with humans, it's kinda hard to tell the difference between a "weekend warrior" and a canine in full training mode, especially when you humans are doing the guesstimating. But this post from The New York Times "Wellness" blog will help you decide the answer to both.
For example, If you jog with your dog for 20 minutes a few times a week, there's probably no need to share your Gatorade and energy bar with Fido. And they probably don't need extra protein or fat calories, either. But if that 20 minute jog turns into a five to ten mile run most days, or you're training for agility trials, then we're likely talking canine athlete. The question and answer section, courtesy of Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, a professor of clinical nutrition and sports medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the author of a comprehensive new review about nutrition for active dogs, will help you determine how much and what foods are best for dogs in training. Hint: lay off the carbs—fat is what dogs store for energy.
Now, are you ready for a run?