Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
ZEEK1223

should I feed my dog more during the huntin season?

Recommended Posts

During the year, my dog always eats 3cups per day of quality dog food. I do not have scheduled feeding, and allow my dog to eat his 3 cups when he wants. this always seems to be enough food, and keeps him at a very nice weight. When he decides to eat, he does not graze. He always eats the ration in one session. Now that I have been hunting him quite a bit, he is hungry all the time, and will eat nearly twice as much. Should I start feeding twice a day, or should I keep him on the same diet? I feed according to the weight scale on the bag of dog food......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually bump up my Britts food for hunting. They burn thru alot of calories with all their running and need the extra food to help with that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Most feeding recommendations are guidleines and state that you need to adjust the amount of food depending upon your dogs needs. In winter they burn more to stay warm and they always burn more when exercising/hunting so it makes sense he'll be eating more. I let my setter eat as much as he wants until I notice him getting a little heavier than he should be. At that point I cut back.

What's really important is to know what your dog should look/feel like when at the correct weight. For most dogs that's a hour shaped figure from a top view and a tucked up belly from the side. A little fat under the skin to the point where you can still feel the ribs is pretty typical as well. Your Vet or a little research on the web should tell you what to look for.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I switched to two a days now during the hunting season with my springers. They get pounded from here on out for 3, 4 days in a row on the weekends. Last year I actually was beginning to feel bad. I couldn't keep any weight on my male. He still wanted to go every day so off we went.

Key is not more amount of food at one time but more times eating.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing you need to be careful of is you don't want to feed them to close to when they hunt. They give off a lot of heat and it takes some energy to digest food and stabilize their metabolism. I read this in an article in a hunting magazine. A veterinarian stated, if I remember correctly, that they get the maximum benefit from their food 12 - 24 hours after feeding.

Like I said I am going off of memory so I may be off on some of the numbers but this is what I read. You may want to do some research on it. I'm sure you can get some good information from the web or your vet. I think Purina Pro Plan has some information on their site about this.

I don't use that brand of food but I believe this is what a Vet that works with Purina stated. I think his name is Bob West. Good Luck. He seems to be on many bird hunting shows on TV.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually up the food the day before and the day after hunting. That's what my Vet recommended and it seems to work fine. I have a high energy Lab and normally feed him 1.5 cups in the morning and another 1.5 cups at night. If I listened to my dog every time he was hungry, I'd go through a bag a day!!! He knows exactly when his scheduled feedings are, and he starts staring me down about 5 minutes before!

You want to look for the hips/ribs being defined. That's about the correct body fat level you want a hunting dog at. Too much weight and its bad on the joints over the long haul. Don't want them emaciated(?) either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yes! make sure to feed them more, as much as they want (as long as you don't notice them gaining too much weight). As mentioned, don't feed them prior to hunting them, always after

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I feed my dog pro plan and switch from pp adult to pro plan performance during the season. I have food in his bowl all the time. He is a pointer and during the season I cant give him to much food. I also give him some sort of jerky or half a sandwich during the hunt. Adam

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • At the KMart at Nicollet and Lake in Minneapolis, there is a flock of pigeons that numbers several hundreds. Last Thursday going home from the Super Market I saw a large hawk make a strike at one, but missed.  This was a pretty dark bird overall and much bigger than a Coopers or a Sharpshin and heavy bodied not at all slender.  The attack was a straight line shot from a street light roost on a bird sitting on the shorter parking lot light post.  It seems to me that the attack was launched from a perch about a block away.  The target flew off and there was no chase, the attacker just returned to its previous roost.  I could not get over into the turn lane and go into the parking lot to get a closer look.  The main flock of pigeons didn't actually seem to notice, and there were even some stragglers. Is it possible that goshawks are starting to come into the city in the winter?  From a goshawk I would have expected a chase.  There are certainly plenty of pigeons, and the local falcons have gone south...  I know they are supposed to avoid human concentrations, but then so are loons and they are now common city residents and rest here when passing through in the spring.  We are getting all kinds of wild life in the Cities these days and not all of it goes around just on two legs.
    • I'm soon to be 40, still have never had a REAL super bowl party!   I will sit and hope.   Besides, at 7:11 last Sunday I pulled something in my neck/shoulder.  Might be a hole in my sister and brother in laws garage ceiling.
    • Lol. Dad and I were talking about this after the game last weekend after I had to tell him over and over that I have not been alive when the vikes have ever played a Super Bowl. You old timers can believe in what you want, but us Gen-X kids are saying SKOL!
    •   I'm sure if I had the time I could have spent 10 more minutes and made a nice one out of Oak or Cherry wood! Or found a blue Genz box on C/list and been done with it!
    •   You didn't try to call me, I would have given you some old oak boards I have laying around and let you use a few of my basic woodworking tools like a jig saw, an oscillating drum sander and a router with a round over bit.    I always tell my son, if something is worth doing, it's worth doing right.  
    • Ooof, that sucks.  Been there, done that.  Somebody’s still being affected by our day in the soup at temps like that.  Woulda given the world for a few studs in the snowmobile track!
    • Got a set of old new stock mora 10in blades to put it on, and drilled  5 holes in 18-20in of ice no problem with the Milwaukee 1200in/lb-clam plate-mora 10in. Didn't skip or jump. This is gonna be nice for the wheel house.    When I had the HT Polar Fire shaver/chipper blades the drill would cut out because they were to agressive.    So so if anyone comes across some mora 10in shaver blades or 10in shaver blades in general let me know.
    • Sorry to be the guy that quotes himself but more info is needed.  Otherwise, yeah, might as well apply for A season if it’s just a general hunt.  And hope the weather cooperates.  
    • It was 31 below zero when i found  this slush .This is only time I got stuck it was about 2 feet of slush .  I had to jack it out of the water and let it sit for a day half.  I had to hook  3 widetracks together to get it out. 
  • MWO