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Dog Energy Treats for
Outdoor Stamina

By Dan S. Defense

If you take your dog hiking, hunting, swimming, running or any other high charged physical activity, consider taking along dog energy treats for outdoor stamina.

The formula for determining how much energy your dog will need looks at normal Resting Energy Requirements (RER) for the breed, then multiplies the number by the physical activity in question. Resting Energy Requirement is the bare minimum your dog needs when he is sleeping or lazing in the sun. For normal, walk around the house activity, your dog will already need 1.6 times more energy than when he rests.

Unlike humans who are relatively easy to prescribe a daily calorie intake for, dogs come in so many breeds, sizes and levels of energy that a set prescription is difficult to make. However, there are general guidelines that can help. For relaxed activity in a Neutered or spayed dog, the energy level required is 1.6 times the Resting Energy Requirement (for intact dogs it's a little higher, at 1.8). For moderate activity, such as running in the park, energy level requirements rise to 3 times that of Resting Energy Requirements. For heavy work, energy levels rise to 4.8 times Resting Energy Requirement.

Which brings us to dog energy treats for outdoor stamina. If you dog is engaging in heavy work for a prolonged time, such as during hiking, hunting or running, he will benefit from the energy boost of dog energy treats. Such treats are high in protein and fat to feed the muscles and provide a burst of energy.

Cabelas offers a Booster Bar for dogs, which are high-protein supplement dog energy bars that you can easily carry with you in the outdoors, and which are easy for your dog to eat quickly. Whatever type of energy bar you choose for your dog be sure it is made in the USA (not just distributed by a US company). Energy bars prepared in China may not have the best ingredients, as food hygiene requirements there are less strict than in the US.

You can also make a dog energy treat at home. I found a recipe for dog energy treats on Best Dog Treat Recipes that my dogs enjoy. Mix 3/4 of brown sugar with 2 eggs and 3/4 cup shortening. In a separate bowl mix 1 cup of whole wheat flour with 3/4 tsp of baking soda, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of ginger, 2 cups of oatmeal. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients above and mix. Add , 1 cup of chopped peanuts and 1 tsp of vanilla. Mix until smooth. In a pan of muffin cups, press 1 tbsp of mixture into each cup. Bake on 350°F for 15 minutes. Keep the dog energy bars in the oven overnight, so they can dry further. Keep refrigerated to avoid mold.

Until next time, stay safe by being alert.

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