Working dogs and other highly active dogs need careful diet management to provide them the energy they require. If you have a farm dog or a hunting dog then we look at the best working dog food to keep them fit, healthy, and most importantly – happy!
What is the Difference Between Working Dog Food and Normal Dog Food?
Often you will see dog food labelled as ‘working dog food’ but what exactly does that mean and how does it differ from ‘normal’ dog food? Working dog food should contain more calories and energy in the form of proteins and fats to cater for your dog’s active lifestyle. However there is no strict definition as to what working dog food is, so you may see foods labelled as working dog food when there is actually no nutritional difference to normal dog food. This is why it is always important to read the labels and compare them to other dog foods so you can make sure your food contains the right ingredients so your dog is getting the extra nutrients and calories that they need.
What is Resting Working Dog Food?
On the face of it, resting working dog food doesn’t really make sense – how can the dog be resting and working?! What resting working dog food refers to is the rest periods that are often given to working dogs to give them a break from their busy lifestyle. It is important not to work dogs too hard and those who have intense work or training like search and rescue dogs need a rest to recover both physically and mentally. During this phase they can be fed a resting working dog food which is suited exactly for them. It is sometimes referred to as maintenance dog food and is lighter and lower in fat so your dog can eat the same amount and not gain unwanted weight in the resting periods. We recommend the Dr Green Work Dog Resting Dog Food which is fantastic value at just £8.99 for 15kg in our online store.
What Should I Feed Younger Working Dogs?
Working dogs are usually active from a very young age as they go through training and development in their early years. Working or training puppies need high energy feed filled with proteins, fats & carbohydrates to help them put on muscle, get stronger, faster & have better endurance as they grow. For this we recommend Gelert Active Puppy Food, which is a chicken based feed which provides the essential building blocks for correct skeletal growth and muscle development. It’s suitable for working puppies from as soon as they are accepting solid food up until 12 months. Gelert Country Choice Puppy Working Dog Food is available online at £25.99 for a 12kg bag.
What is the Best Working Dog Food?
Working dog food is a necessity for those with highly active dogs to keep them fit and healthy. All of our working dog food is also VAT free so great value for money. Here are the brands our experts recommend as the very best working dog food:
- Dr Green Working Dog Food
- Gelert Working Dog Food
- Beta Active Dog Food
- Dr John Gold Medal Active Dog Food
Read on for more information as to why we’ve chosen these products as the best working dog foods.
Our own brand of Dr Green Working Dog Food is amazing value for money. The chicken flavoured kibble is full of vitamins and minerals for general health and vitality and yucca extract has been added to the formula to reduce the unpleasant odour of urine and faeces. It’s the perfect food to reward your dog with after a days work, and provides them all the energy and nutrition they need to do their jobs. All our working dog food is VAT free and a 15kg bag of Dr Green working dog food is incredibly just £9.99 in our online store!
Much like the working dog food for puppies we mentioned earlier, Gelert have a top quality working dog food for adult dogs too. Specially blended for working and sporting dogs with average energy requirements including dogs with sensitivities, this food provides the optimum balance of calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates to support overall health and performance. Gelert working dog food is available for £27.49 for a 12kg bag which is well worth the money for the quality of the food.
Beta Active is a special recipe developed for active and working dogs. It’s a 100% complete and balanced food developed specifically for dogs who need more energy. Active dogs require extra antioxidants to help maintain their natural defenses during their active periods. This adult Active dog food is specially formulated to help regulate intestinal transit through beet pulp as well as to help maintain ideal body weight even during challenging training periods. Beta active dog food is now reduced in our online store to just £7.09 for a 2.5kg bag!
Dr John Gold Medal is a complete food for working and sporting dogs which provides delicious balanced nutrition. Rich in chicken with 20% protein and 9% fat, this working dog food has everything an active dog needs. The food comes in crunchy bite sized pieces basted with chicken juices and additional essential oils for improved condition and additional energy. The quality of Dr John Gold Medal is plain to see so it’s well worth £11.49 for a 15kg bag.
We hope you found this guide to the best working dog food helpful. We have a great range of active and working dog food in our online store that contains all of these recommended brands and more. Feel free to contact us if you need advice on choosing the right food for your dog – we’ll be happy to help with any queries you may have!