I've got a nutrition question for you folks. Rupert is nearly 1 year old now and my wife is beginning to take him running to get him used to it. She plans to take him for about 45 minutes most days once he's got with the program.
Is there any need to feed him the 'high energy' or 'power' versions of the foods out there? Or is that more if he was going to be a full time working dog instead of a couch potato the rest of the day while we're at work?
Is simply giving him a little extra of his normal food sufficient?
What kind of food are you feeding him now?
We feed him Nature's Recipe for Large Breeds. Occasionally one of their other varieties to change up the flavor. He loves it.
No he doesn't need a high energy food and no you shouldn't be taking him running.
to elaborate - running on leash with a human alongside is forced exercise. He is at much greater risk for orthopedic injury doing forced exercise. Running off leash (fetch or retreiving) is much better as he is in control of when he stops and starts. He is also still on the young side for really strenuous workouts.Originally Posted by JacksAndLabs
Dittoto elaborate - running on leash with a human alongside is forced exercise. He is at much greater risk for orthopedic injury doing forced exercise. Running off leash (fetch or retreiving) is much better as he is in control of when he stops and starts. He is also still on the young side for really strenuous workouts.No he doesn't need a high energy food and no you shouldn't be taking him running.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
I fully agree, even for a short run it's not a good idea. Please have your wife wait until the puppy is older to bring him running. Yes a dog CAN keep up with your (no problem) but the impact on their growing joints is not good.Originally Posted by BigBrownDog
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Did you ask for running advice or food advice? Don't you love how polite this response is? Isn't this what you look for in a community?Originally Posted by JacksAndLabs
To not tell him that running an immature dog like this is a bad idea would be irresponsible. We care about the welfare of his dog. It's a shame that you think that means this is not a community. A forum that was primarily concerned with sparing the feelings of the owners would be a waste of all of our time and inadequately informative.Originally Posted by M. Tornado Puppy
Right. And we all know that arrogance is the most effective way to teach and build communities. BTW: I was responding to the comment that I quoted--and its TONE--not your response. Anyway.Originally Posted by BigBrownDog