The end of February heralds the closing of the small game hunting season. At this time of the year, many hunters put their rifles away in their scabbards and only take them out again when the season reopens. For the most part, the dogs also enter a phase of more moderate activity. However, it is necessary that your dog should continue to run in order to expend its energy: indeed, the end of the hunting season should not be synonymous with putting an end to outings for our animals!
This pivotal period, when dogs can go from intense activity to reduced intensity, requires adaptations on the part of owners, particularly in terms of nutrition. It is true that each type of hunting dog, depending on its breed, size, age, time of year, and frequency of exercise, has specific requirements in terms of diet. Similarly, if during the season you decide to switch to another type of food, it is necessary to adopt a transitional phase.
You should not feed your dog the same way before, during, and after the hunting season. To choose the right food for your dog, you need to assess its energy requirements. If your dog is in a period of the year in which it does not exercise excessively, choose low-fat dog food that will maintain its muscle mass. See for example our Adult Regular kibble. If, on the other hand, your dog spends more than 8 hours a week exercising, its energy requirements are high: in this case, choose dog food that is richer in protein and contains more minerals so as to favour its recovery. In this case, our Adult Active or Adult Intense kibbles are the most suitable. The transition to a new diet is something that every pet owner must take into account. This is at the risk of your dog suffering from gastrointestinal problems, digestion problems, diarrhoea, or vomiting, among other things.