Nutrition of Working Dogs: Feeding for Optimal Performance and Health. Academic Article uri icon


  • Working dogs are athletes, but have a wide variety of work types and durations that impact their dietary needs. Their basic nutritional needs do not change: all dogs need a complete and balanced diet, fed in proper proportions to maintain optimal body condition. However, with increasing muscle work and endurance, the amounts of specific nutrients (particularly the macronutrients, protein, fat, and carbohydrates) must be adjusted. This article provides an overview of the key aspects of working canine nutrition and provides the nutritional science behind the recommendations made.

published proceedings

  • Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract

author list (cited authors)

  • Zoran, D. L.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Zoran, Debra L

publication date

  • January 2021