What comes before a great working dog


What comes before a great working dog

April 26, 2018

What comes before a great working dog? A great working dog puppy!

To make sure your working dog starts off on the right paw, it’s important to set them up for success by giving them everything they need while they are a growing puppy. This way they can hit the farm running when the time comes.

Providing the right food is a big part of this. Puppies have very different nutritional needs to adult dogs. Compared to an adult dog, puppies need up to 3 times more energy for growth. Choosing a diet with animal based protein, such as Eukanuba™ Puppy, will help them develop strong, lean muscles. It’s also important to feed them controlled amounts for their breed size. For instance, a  Heading Dog puppy who will grow to a medium sized dog, should be fed a puppy food for dogs with an estimated adult weight of between 11- 24kg. A Huntaway puppy will grow to be larger, so should be feed a diet specifically for large breed dogs. This is because a larger breed like a Huntaway has a longer growth time compared to a medium size Heading Dog. These larger puppies should also stay on a puppy food for a longer time, around 18 months. The Eukanuba™ Puppy Large Breed diet contains tailored levels of energy, calcium and phosphorus to help promote optimal bone development, setting them up to be hard working adult dogs.

By feeding a puppy specific kibble that’s balanced and complete, there is no need to supplement their diet with anything extra like calcium. In fact adding calcium has been proven to cause issues with growing puppies that can cause lasting damage to their bones and joints. Working dog puppies have a lot to learn before heading out on the farm.  After six weeks, your puppy has developed just over 70% of their adult brain. With Eukanuba™ diets use of DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid derived from fish oil, your working dog puppy will be smarter and more trainable. Now that has to be good thing!

Feeding your working pup well, helps to develop a dog that is far more capable of working longer and more efficiently in their day to day life, as well as potentially having an extended working life. Eukanuba™ Puppy provides everything your working dog puppy needs to grow into the strong, hard working athlete every farm needs.