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4th February 2019 - With Crufts on the horizon 7th -10th March 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham and the start of the Championship Season we thought it would be interesting to take a look at how diet and nutrition play a key part in conditioning a dog for the show ring.
Even if you do not show your dog, it is important at this time of year to give your dog a Spring Clean to keep it in tip top condition and this is where WOOFS treats can help, as they are rich in omega oils, essential for keeping a dog’s coat and joints in excellent condition.
There are many advantages to conditioning your dog for the show ring. Physically well-conditioned dogs are trimmer with well defined muscle lines. They are also able to extend when they move making their gait look effortless, graceful and flowing. A properly exercised dog which has been fed correctly will have better mental wellbeing and will appear more alert in the ring. Finally a well conditioned dog will have greater endurance and able to withstand long days in the show ring and stay alert in a large class.
Exercise is key to keeping your dog in trim and there are various ways to do this whether it be long walks, swimming, treadmills or running with your dog. Some large breeds also use harness training as a way to get into condition.
Nutrition is another important element in conditioning a dog. Feeding a high quality, balanced diet that includes a highly digestible source of animal protein provides proper amino acids for canines.
Feeding dogs fish can also help to condition your dog. Many types of fish such as cod and sprats are not only tasty but they also contain nutrients that help to keep a dog in tiptop condition. Fish is an excellent source of protein and Omega 3 fatty acids which are helpful in maintaining a glossy coat and healthy skin. Fish oil can also help to maintain healthy joints and keep a dog active throughout its life.
Fish is also great for dogs that have sensitive stomachs and many vets prescribe fish and potato diets to help treat dogs with food allergies and intolerances. It can help a dog’s stool to become firmer and also help reduce coat shedding. Research has proven that continuous use of fish oil or treats can help to reduce itchiness, rash and irritation of the skin. The Omega 3 and zinc naturally occurring in fish helps with ZRD (zinc responsive dermatitis). This particularly affects dogs from Northern climates and can manifest itself in itchy skin, hot spots, cracked paws and noses. Just like us – they really do need Omega 3 – it’s not called an Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) for nothing – neither human or animal bodies can make this – so we both have to take it in as food.
WOOFS Treats are made from MSC certified cod caught in the North Atlantic or sprats caught in the Baltic Sea. They are low in fat and can also help to reduce tartar and plaque on the dog’s teeth, are 100% natural, hypoallergenic, easily digestible and can help to support a dog’s immune system as well as supporting the skin, coat and joints. Available as Cod Cubes, Cod Fingers, Cod Cookies and Dried Sprats in a range of bag sizes ranging from 100g –5 kg they are the perfect snacks for your dogs. They can also be used in the show ring or out in the field as a perfect and healthy dog training treat. We have also introduced two new varieties to the range, Cod Crunchers and Cod Granola which can be sprinkled over dog food to provide that extra hit of Omega 3 to a dog’s diet. Both are available in 700g bags.
To get your hands on our healthy treats visit: www.woofs.co.uk