Nutrition for working and service dogs

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2014 Jul;44(4):719-40, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.03.008.


Conformation, genetics, and behavioral drive are the major determinants of success in canine athletes, although controllable variables, such as training and nutrition, play an important role. The scope and breadth of canine athletic events has expanded dramatically in the past 30 years, but with limited research on performance nutrition. There are considerable data examining nutritional physiology in endurance dogs and in sprinting dogs; however, nutritional studies for agility, field trial, and detection are rare. This article highlights basic nutritional physiology and interventions for exercise, and reviews newer investigations regarding aging working and service dogs, and canine detection activities.

Keywords: Fat; Glycogen repletion; Glycolysis; Nutrition; Omega-3 fatty acids; Protein.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Nutrition Sciences
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Dogs / physiology*
  • Nutritional Requirements*
  • Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology*