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Keep Your Dog’s Energy Up on the Trail

What can I feed my dog throughout the day while we are hiking to keep his energy up?

Question:

What can I feed my dog throughout the day while we are hiking to keep his energy up?

Submitted by - Peter, Fairhaven, MA

Answer:

Just like we need to keep fueled up during a long day of hiking, so does your pup. A couple general tips:

  • Cut your dog food with about 25% puppy food during hiking trips. Puppy food had added calories and protein which will help boost your dogs nutritional intake during big mile days.
  • Plan on 1 cup of food per 20 pounds of dog per day. For instance, if your yellow lab weighs 60 pounds, she should be getting at least three cups per day.
  • Offer your pooch water at each rest break. I keep a silicone Squishy Bowl (guyotdesigns.com) in an easy to reach pocket, so I can pour my dog, Ruby, a drink at each break.

As for snackage, you can pack plenty of her regular treats, or try some that are made specifically to boost canine energy, like Dog Bars, which were created by a runner in Boise who likes to train with her dogs.

Another idea for the super-ambitious: make your own dog treats. There are loads of recipes on the web. Some, like this ginger spiced treat recipe (scroll down the page to see it) look yummy enough for humans.

—Kristin

1 Comment

  1. Scott

    Otto, my dachshund, loves to hike but is really weird about eating his regular food when on the trail, so I pack a lot of dry treats. He eats those without hesitation, so I know he’s getting nourishment.

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