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Margaret Bonham

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Agility Dry Dog Food

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There’s no doubt about it, agile dogs are under an incredible amount of stress. Your agile dog deserves good food for optimum energy and little weight. So, I’ve come up with some of the best high performance foods on the market for your pet.

One thing to keep in mind when feeding these foods is how quickly your svelte dog can become a porky puppy if he is overfed or if he is not exercised properly. All these food provide optimum nutrition with less bulk, so you will need to feed less when feeding these foods. If your dog isn’t quite the hardworking agility dog, look for the next level down so you don’t make your dog fat and overstress his joints.

Regardless of what food you buy, be sure it is complete and balanced. You can do this by looking for an AAFCO adequacy statement on the dog food package. (AAFCO is the Association of Animal Feed Control Officials). Without the AAFCO adequacy statement, the food cannot be considered complete and balanced.

I’ve tried to include a balance of holistic and high performance foods in my list. My main criteria are protein and fat, but as you see, some foods may have higher calories than others.

Best Agility Dry Dog Food by Margaret Bonham

The Best You Can Get

  • Solid Gold (Barking at the Moon)

    Margaret says: This dog food wins paws down when it comes to sheer energy and protein. It provides a whopping 465 calories per cup, making this into an action-packed food. No grains, it has fish, beef, and potatoes as protein and carbohydrate sources as well as cranberries, blueberries, carrots, and broccoli for antioxidants. Wow. This is an exceptional food. Be careful to only use it for extreme working conditions.

    • 41% protein, 20% fat
    • Low carb
    • All-natural ingredients and holistic
  • Blackwood Pet Food (Blackwood 7000 Dog Food)

    Margaret says: This is another one of those exceptional foods, but must be fed with care or your dog will become obese quickly. It has probiotics in it for superior digestion and its main meat source is poultry and chicken.

    • 34% protein, 25% fat
    • High nutritional density
    • For high performance dogs and dogs under high stress situations
  • National Dog Food (Performance Plus)

    Margaret says: National Dog Food has two different types of dog food. One is pelleted and soft (called Competition Xtra) and the other is the kibbled version, Performance Plus. This has a whopping 584 metabolized calories per cup, making this a very dense, calorie-packed food. My dogs have thrived on this food for a long time, although they’ve been picky with the Competition Xtra.

    • 34% protein, 20% fat
    • Developed for high performance dogs such as sled dogs
    • 92% animal protein
  • Eagle Pack (Power Formula)

    Margaret says: Eagle pack provides some of the best foods for greater digestibly. Eagle actually makes their own food, instead of subbing their manufacture out to contract manufactures. They use the EU certification process to ensure the country of origin for their ingredients. They also offer holistic/natural food for those who are looking for a natural alternative.

    • 30% protein, 20% fat
    • With probiotics for greater digestibility
    • Maintains weight and muscle tone
  • Pro Pac Dog Food (Performance Puppy)

    Margaret says: I currently feed my dogs this food – I’ve fed performance puppy to my adults for some time because of the energy they need. They have a lower protein/fat holistic and adult formula, but if you’re looking for food for a performance dog, you should be able to use this provided that your dog needs this much energy.

    • 30% protein, 20% fat
    • For puppies, pregnant, and nursing dogs
    • Balanced Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

You will be happy with any of these

  • Eukanuba (Sporting Premium Performance)

    Margaret says: Eukanuba has always been the granddaddy of the performance foods – and little wonder. It’s fed sled dogs on long distance races and fueled active and working dogs for years. With the added glucosamine and chondroitin and 431 calories per cup, makes Eukanuba a powerful dog food.

    • 30% protein, 20% fat
    • Natural Fish Oil for Omega 3 fatty acids
    • No fillers, artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors
    • Added natural Glucosamine and Chondroitin
  • Fromm (Grain Free Surf and Turf)

    Margaret says: Looking at the Fromm ingredients might make you hungry. Duck, salmon, pea flour, sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, apples, blueberries, and cranberries are some of the ingredients in this wonderful food. I’d move it up to the top five but the fat content dips below 20%. Even so, don’t discount this wonderful food. It has plenty of probiotics and naturally occurring glucosamine to give an agile dog the edge. 410 calories per cup.

    • 30% protein, 19% fat
    • Salmon, duck, and chicken based
    • High protein; no grains
  • The Honest Kitchen (Embark)

    Margaret says: This is one of those dog foods that doesn’t look like dog food. It is made from human-grade food ingredients. This food is simple: dehydrated hormone-free turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, and spinach make up the first ingredients. This dog food company even have human tasters to determine if the food tastes right. You mix it with water, thus a small amount goes a long way. 10 lbs will actually make 43 lbs of dog food.

    • 29% protein, 16% fat
    • Dehydrated meat
    • Low carb
  • Wellness Dog Food (Just for Puppy)

    Margaret says: This natural food has no by-products, no wheat, corn, or soy, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. It has fruits and vegetables as well as a special botanical and herbal blend. While made for puppies, the food has enough energy for hard working dogs but not as much as some of the other foods. Still, if you’re looking for an all-natural premium dog food, this is an excellent choice.

    • 28% protein, 17% fat
    • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
    • Botanical and herbal blend
  • Canidae Dog Food (Chicken and Rice)

    Margaret says: I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about Canidae, the all-natural dog food made from holistic ingredients. Despite the “lower” protein, it has a whopping 468 calories (metabolized energy) per cup. It uses chicken as the number one protein source and has probiotics for a healthy digestive system. It’s good stuff.

    • 26% protein, 15.5% fat
    • All-natural foods
    • Holistic pet food
    • Human-grade chicken meal

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