Diet and Conditioning
Working dogs need a special diet, like that of an athlete, along with exercise to have a happy, healthy life span.
CQB K-9™ uses a natural, organic dog food I make myself, natural organic meat, vitamins and vegetables, as a staple at CQB K-9™. It is nutritious, balanced, and you feed less than other brands, with less waste to clean up. Along with homemade broths, soups, stews, and semi-cooked meat, our dogs enjoy eating their meals, and are trim, with shiny coats.
Making a stew or cooked dinner for your new K-9, may sound like a chore, but for hundreds of years before bagged dog food, and still today in Slovakia, the meals are prepared by cooking leftover vegetables, meats, and stock. Dogs are omnivores, consuming both meat and veggies in their diet back to the days when they were hunting for their own food. Now, in our modern society, we have less time than our ancestors did, and have the convenience of processed food, which may or may not be the healthiest alternative to the food of yesteryear.
Meat & bones from domestic and wild animals are fed to promote strong jaw pressure and teeth cleaning.
Chemicals, additives and cancerous byproducts are included in regular dog food today. Eating dry dog food daily without variety for the dog is also difficult to digest, and boring. Imagine eating cereal for the rest of your life. Dried and water absorbing food, robbing your dog’s immune system because of the complex breakdown of modern dog food. The dog’s stomach becomes “hot”, meaning it is working in overload to compensate for the dry food. It is using energy that it wasted intended for, thus causing potential long-term health problems. Bloat in this case, eating an amount of food or water too quickly, or on a hot day, can be deadly to a dog. So we substitute what a dog eats in the wild, and that is a healthy diet of quality dog food, meat & bones, vegetables & pasta/rice, and fats & oils.
An easy way to save time and have a good meal for your dog with minimal preparation is to put some stew meat in a crock pot, add some chopped carrots, celery, potatoes, vermicelli, bullion and let it cook for 8 hours, when you arrive from work, you have food to add with some dry food or alone. Watch the results of how your dog responds to this and a normal diet if just regular dog food. Better eyesight and clarity in the eyes, healthy bone structure, easier digestion, and a softer, shinier coat is what is gained from this.
Our dogs regularly work a 12-hour shift at night, during inclement weather, and patrol several kilometers. We strive to stay in absolute prime physical condition, and just regular foods won’t cut it for us. Sometimes we are forced while overseas to eat local cuisine, freeze dried rations, and other different foods that we get accustomed to before we deploy. That makes the transition much easier on the system. These foods are also consumed by our K-9s while on operations, because space, weight and time are major factors. Fasting once a week, boosts the immune system by destroying the unwanted cells in the body, thus making digestion and circulation more efficient. Water helps cleanse the system and to replenish vital fluids lost.
A fine tuned body responds better to added stress, lost meals and bad weather. Regular, hard, physical conditioning for the Handler, not only for the dog, is the norm at CQB K-9™. We will work on cardio, endurance, and strength. A typical scenario of running a distance, and climbing obstacles, and realistic training is good practice for a 48-hour siege or riot situation. What you carry into a operation, is all you may have until backup or re supply arrives, if at all. Train and plan for such situations. Criminals interviewed state the last thing they want to come up against is a trained dog.
Ideally, proteins should make up approximately fifty percent of your dog’s diet. Working with ground meats is easier when it comes to mixing time.
Highly digestible protein sources include:
Good fat sources include:
- Fresh fish oil
- Cold-pressed safflower oil
Dogs are carnivores first and foremost, but adding some veggies to their diet will provide a natural source of vitamins.
Highly digestible veggies include:
- Green beans
- Broccoli, in small amounts
- Spinach and other leafy greens
Vegetables should make up no more than twenty percent of the new diet, and should be run through a food processor before being added to the mix.
Carbohydrates should make up the remaining thirty percent of your dog’s diet. They provide energy and help form firmer stools. They are also necessary to keep the thyroid gland functioning properly.
Highly digestible carbs include:
- Brown rice
Always cook these items before adding them to your mix.
Dogs need water just like people do. You should always have a fresh bowl available for your pet, but you can also add a small amount to your homemade mix to moisten it as needed. We carry 3L water bladders.
Apples and blueberries are wonderful sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Fasting. We fast as much as 6+ times a month, depending on our workload. You lose toxins, burn fat, react to hunger and headaches, but in a combat training environment, you just can not eat 3+ meals a day. This is for extreme performance, and being at high altitude, we burn more calories and oxygen, than people at lower altitudes. Increased flow of blood, releases glucose and fatty acids while increases metabolism. You can eat one day and not the next. Fast for 24 hours, and just not worry about food. Eat one scrumptious, natural, healthy meal. Drink water (coconut). Then have one meal the next day and go for an extra long hike/run/combat training. Keep snacks, like home-made jerky, trail mix, dog treats (recipes coming) fruit and veggies in a small lunch box for energy. People have survived for thousands of years missing meals. It makes the taste of fresh, home cooked meals, more than just eating, something to be relished. Factor in you are burning extreme amounts of calories and adjust this to your weight, activity, goals, and common sense.
CQB K-9™ Diet (Sample)
Breakfast-Granola, wild strawberries, coconut water , greens.
Lunch-Tuna fish sandwich, salad, carrots and lime water.
Dinner-Yak roast with all organic veggies, cucumber salad, Electrolyte water mix.
Snacks-Yak Jerky, dehydrated fruits, homemade cookies, nuts and granola bars.
Extreme CQB K-9™ Diet
Lime water/Electrolyte, pre-prepared energy bars. Salmon jerky, dehydrated fruits. Freeze-dried mountain food. Natural edibles from the land. Made into tea also. Local foods without compromising mission or stomach.
You have to adapt, suffer, and be realistic with this extreme combat diet. Using only natural, organic, local, fresh will awaken your taste buds again and make you devour your meals, leaving you feel refreshed, satisfied and alert. Contact CQB K-9