Dogs that train and compete actively can be regarded as athletes.
These dogs face a lot of physical stress in their daily lives
In order to succeed you need to ensure the performance and effective recovery of your dog. Also in some special situations, the dog needs extra rehydration (old dogs, recovering from surgery, bitches with puppies).
Sports drinks for people and horses are not suitable for the use of dogs as the physiology of dogs is so different – for instance, dogs are not sweating as people and horses
Dogs need products that are developed to their specific needs
Taking care of the rehydration level of the dog
The body temperature of a dog rises quickly
Dogs dehydrate at a much quicker rate than humans do because they have sweat glands only on their nose and feet.
Exercise increases the need for rehydration
Warm weather increases the possibility for dehydration but it can occur also during winter time!
In general, a dog needs 0,5-1dl/kg of water -> dog weighing 20 kilos needs 1 liter of water daily
Exercise and warm weather increases the need for water!
Already 3-4% of dehydration influences the physical performance of the dog
7-8% of dehydration can be dangerous and needs medical treatment
Influence of physical stress on the need for energy
The approximate energy demand of the dog increases by 10% after 1 hour of physical exercise
During long competition days in agility and for hunting, the energy demand can increase to double
For sleddogs the energy demand can increase to triple during long days
During long exercise, most of the energy intake comes from fat