Dogs that are healthy, and not a breed at risk for bloat, should be fed ONCE a day a minimum of 10 to 12 hours before exercise. Eating creates an insulin spike that inhibits a dog's ability... to use fat, the most important energy fuel! (Dogs burn fat first!) Insulin also increases the uptake of glucose (sugar) from the blood into the muscles, which causes fatigue from low blood sugar. Feeding shortly before exercise increases blood flow to the gut and this in turn decreases the amount of blood available to the working muscles.
When we go to all day and multiple day events such as hunting, field trials, hunt tests, or other performance events it is so beneficial and in our minds crucial for us to keep our athletes healthy and well conditioned for less injuries and/or other problems. So don't forget to allow them adequate time for cooling down and digesting their meal before the next day of hunting, field trials, hunt tests, or other performance events.
Our dogs are fed once a day in the afternoon/evening year round so there bodies are always at a great performance level even in the off season. Sometimes with illnesses or other dietary issues we may have to feed twice a day for a specific dog.
How do you fuel your dog? - We feed only Pro Plan.