Best Energy Bars For Dogs – Pawtivity Picks

We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.

This week we looked for energy bars to take out on the trail with our dogs. Energy bars are a compact, portable, and slim source of food for your dog. They are much easier to carry around than kibble and bowl. No more crushed or wet kibble! An unopened bar package won’t get spoiled and wet if you are on a trail near water or doing water sports.

Products Covered: Energy Bars

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WHAT ARE ENERGY BARS FOR DOGS?

 

Energy bars for dogs are short-term energy boosters or meal replacement solutions designed specifically for active dogs. Bars are high in calories so it’s not something you want to give your dog if he’s not active. Bars are also idea for travel rather than the main source of your dog’s daily meal.

Ask your vet for their opinion on which energy bars are best for your dog and activity level. You should also ask them about any known allergies. We can’t recommend a best energy bar for your specific dog. It just depends on his activity level, health, nutritional needs, and calorie requirement.

With all food, give your dog a small sample to try first before heading outdoors. If your dog gets an upset stomach or other adverse reaction from the energy bar, at least you’ll know in advance and be able to consult further with your vet. Don’t forget to try different flavors to keep meal time more interesting for your dog!

Even the best food manufacturers announce food recalls. Always check the FDA’s list for recalls periodically to make sure you are not giving your dog something from the list. Another great source for dog food is Dog Food Advisor.


ENERGY BARS FOR DOGS

 

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar* is a popular choice among hikers and backpackers. It’s a complete meal for your dog, meaning, you can give your dog one of these bars in place of his meal! Depending on how much your dog eats, it means not having to carry around kibble and a bowl! And dogs really do love the taste of these. They just do! Flavors come in bacon and peanut butter.

Each bar is 2.2 oz, 250 calories and made from US sourced, human grade, all-natural grain-free ingredients. Bars also come in multipacks for a total of 4.4 oz and 500 calories. Bars can be kept for up to 2 years or up to the ‘best by’ date on the package.

Food is suitable for sensitive stomachs and approved by a lot of picky eaters. Bars are scored and can be broken into pieces easily by hand or given throughout the day as a treat.

If you look at the Nutritional Analysis, bars contain 18% crude protein and 20% crude fat to help sustain energy. Top 5 ingredients are all natural: chickpea flour, whey protein isolate, oil blend (safflower, coconut) organic tapioca solids, and proprietary vitamin and mineral blend.

According to Embrace Pet Insurance, dogs need about 25-30 calories per pound to maintain their weight. For a 50 pound dog, this is roughly 1250 daily calories or 625 per meal twice a day. That means as a meal replacement you may need to give your dog a 4.4 oz package for each meal and perhaps top it off with something else, such as peanut butter. This is important to keep in mind as it’s a very rough estimate of how much food you have to bring for your dog.

WHY WE LOVE: We love this because dogs love this! We also love how this can be used as a ultra-light, compact meal for your dog, perfect for that backpacking and day hiking trip.

Take me to the TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar*now.

 

Zuke’s Power Bones

Zuke’s Power Bones* are a favorite among day hikers. Zuke’s already carries a wide array of treats, that dogs simply love.

With real meat listed as the #1 ingredient and the fact that dog’s love the taste of these treats, getting these treats is a no-brainer. Power Bones comes in 4 flavors; Beef, Chicken, Chicken & Rice, and Peanut Butter.

Power Bones contains about 12% crude protein and 7% crude fat. The top 5 ingredients are meat, ground oats, ground barley, ground rice, and maple syrup. Other ingredients are all natural and include a combination of fruits, vegetables, spices, and preservatives. These treats come in chewy, bite sized chunks about an inch long.

WHY WE LOVE: Zuke’s Power Bones are the prefect little treat for a day hike. We love giving tiny doses of energy (and love) to our dogs while out on the trail.

Amazon currently has an add-on special* on the beef flavor for $5.44 as of May 2018. That’s a really good price. Better take advantage of the awesome deal!!

Take me to Zuke’s Power Bones* now.

 

Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Energy Bar

We look to hunters for advice on energy bars. The Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Energy Bar* is new to us, but a staple for many hunting, sporting, and guard dogs. It’s compact and packaged for ultimate portability at any outdoor event, show, or during intense training exercises.

This 400g bar can be broken up into 8 smaller pieces. According to the manufacturer, 100-200g (2-4 small pieces) is enough for a 55 pound dog! That’s a small dose of energy! It will take about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours for the energy bar to take effect.

 

The Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Energy Bar contains 25% crude protein and 59% crude fat. The top 5 ingredients are fish meal, lard, vegetable fat, grape sugar, and corn. Additional vitamins and minerals have been added to the bar.

A bonus in these treats is that these bars don’t freeze. You can use them in the winter without getting a hard block to give your dog! It’s also packaged so no need to package your own food.

This product is made by Henne Pet Food of Denmark and originally designed for dogsled teams.

WHY WE LOVE: This bar is one small, mighty compact dose of energy for your active dog!

As of May 2018, there is an extra 5% coupon*.

Take me to the Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Energy Bar* now.

 

Out Bar

The Out Bar is handcrafted in batches by The Great Outdogs. It’s a compact meal replacement for dogs that need a good boost of energy. The bar comes in three flavors; herring, lamb and turkey.

Each piece can be broken up into 4 smaller pieces. A 50 pound dog will need about 3.5 bars per day.

The Out Bar contains 23-28% crude protein and 16-23% crude fat. The top 5 ingredients are animal protein (herring, lamb / lamb liver, turkey / turkey liver), buckwheat flour, green lentils, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas. This may vary slightly based on flavor of the bar. Bars are grain-free, do not contain artificial preservatives, and have added vitamins and minerals. Ingredients are source from North America.

WHY WE LOVE: We love that this bar is handcrafted with quality ingredients.

Take me to the Out Bar now.

 

What energy bars do you get for your dog? For what activity?

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Dog Parkour

Dog Parkour

Are you a (human) Parkour fan or are you training for an obstacle course? You will probably love Dog Parkour (or Canine Parkour). Dog Parkour is a combination of human parkour and canine agility. Parkour was popularized in the last decade and involves jumping, climbing, scaling, balancing, vaulting or running through, under or on urban obstacles. Urban obstacles could be anything – park bench, wall, or playground equipment.

Your dog will develop a lot of confidence and greater agility by doing parkour. Dogs should be strong and agile enough to do this sport. Please do not force your dog to do anything they may heistate in doing. You will need to work up gradually. Have fun wtih training and throw in some tricks!

Parkour involves a lot of training for your dog. You’ll need to teach your dog basic commands to start in order to communicate to him and instruct him what to do. Treats are great to use as a reward to teach commands. Clicker training may help a lot with this sport.

There are many Parkour groups established each year, but the first competitive organization is International Dog Parkour. Dog Parkour requires that dogs never jump down from anything higher than their shoulder height.


 

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Activities: Parkour, Agility, Obstacle Course

Stairway Chase

Stairway chase is a game that can be played on a rainy day for any dog that loves to play fetch! Just throw a ball up the stairs for your dog to retrieve and bring back to you.

Start at the bottom of the stairs and ask your dog to sit. Then, give him a command such as “go” or “ok” and have him race up the stairs to bring the ball back to you. Rev your dog up even more by holding his harness or collar before letting him get the ball. Going up the stairs requires more effort than going down, so you can play this with your dog for about 10 minutes to get him really well exercised!

Doing this often will get your dog in really good shape and develop better agility and coordination. Does your dog have high prey drive or herding instincts? Mix in some fun by tossing up an erratic ball, kong, large soccer ball or even a big yoga ball.

Take a photo of your dog playing this game with you! How long did you play before your dog was good and done?


 

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Activities: Games, Fetch, Indoor Play, Agility

Snow Tunnel / Maze

Snow Tunnel / Maze

Create a winter wonderland! Build an obstacle course full of ramps, walls, mazes, tunnels and more!

Well this one will take awhile, but faster if you have a few kids on hand to help you out! You’ll probably need at least a foot of snow on the ground to make a great tunnel or maze. Just take a shovel and carve out your maze. Don’t forget to add obstacles along the way. You could build a wall for your dog to jump over, a short tunnel to crawl through, and a ramp at the end your dog must climb up to get his final treat!

Take a photo of your dog in his snow tunnel or maze!


 

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Activities: Snow Play, Agility

A selection of our favorite dog friendly activities and events for Fall 2017.

Top Dog Friendly Activities for Fall

It’s Fall! We love the change of the seasons and the welcome relief of a new chill in the air. Dogs love it too!

Here are some dog friendly activities that will get you celebrating the smells and sights of fall.

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FALL FAVORITE

 

Participate In A Doggy Run With Your DogDoggy Run (1k-5k): October is Adopt A Dog Month and the perfect time to sign up for your first 5k to support your local rescue groups and shelters. If you or your dog can’t run, just walk! They’ll still have fun. Don’t forget to dress up in costume!

 


ADVENTURE SEEKERS

 

Go Hiking With Your DogHiking: Enjoy the new change of the season by taking your dog out sniffing and exploring a new hiking trail. The best trails will be the ones that offer the best views of fall foliage. Plan a road trip to a destination hike. Please let your dog stick his head out the window to bite that wind!

 

Take your dog camping.Wilderness Camping: The summer heat is finally over! It’s time to spend the entire day outdoors with family and friends. Book a campsite early. There’s so much to do, but whatever you do, involve your dog in all the action! End the day by making him a campfire s’more with dog biscuits and marshmallow. Then, snuggle in for the night and wake up to watch the sunrise together.

 

Dog jumping over a panel jump on an outdoor agility course.Obstacle Course Race: Do you love mud runs? Take your dog on one! We think it’s a no brainer, and there are some races that are dog friendly.

Hike The Triple Crown

Hike The Triple Crown: The Triple Crown includes the Pacific Crest Trail on the west coast, the Appalachian Trail on the east coast, and the Continental Divide which runs along the Rocky Mountains. Each trail does offer dog friendly sections. Make the most of your experience by planning a backpacking trip with your dog!

 


JUST FOR FUN

 

Take Your Dog To A Pumpkin PatchPumpkin Patch: It’s the season for a great pumpkin search! There are several dog friendly pumpkin patches. Pick out the best pumpkin to carve at home and enjoy some carmel apples, cider, and pumpkin pie while you are at it! End the day by watching the classic, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” with your dog.

 

Take Your Dog To A Corn MazeCorn Maze: Have a dog that’s good with his nose? Take him with you to a corn maze! Have fun getting lost together and exploring your way out of the maze!

 

Dog with Finger MustacheDog Mustache / Beard: This is the silliest thing we think you can do with your dog! Give your dog a mustache or give yourself a dog beard! You may have to do a few takes to get it just right, but either way you are sure to have some fun!

 

Catch Your Dog Dreaming Something HappyDream Happy: Did you know that dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day? Of course they don’t sleep that all in one stretch, but it’s cute to see them all curled up or even snuggled up with you getting in a short snooze. We love to see a sleeping pup, so share the best shot of your pup that will make even the most wired want to lay down for a snooze.

 

Make Your Dog Homemade TreatsTrick for Pumpkin Treats: Who has time for baking when you’re always outdoors? This is an easy recipe that will take no time. Mix together 1 can pumpkin puree, 1 egg, 2 cups rice flour, and ½ cup peanut butter. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly toasted and crispy. Cool and make your dog do a trick before you give him his treat! To make this even more of a gourmet treat, sprinkle on a mixture of ground pumpkin seeds (shelled), peanuts, cashews, and almonds before you bake them.

 


FOR THE ACTIVE

 

Teach Your Dog To Catch A Frisbee/DiscRunning Catch (Disc): Some dogs have high prey drive. They will go after any moving object. Get your dog running and jumping by throwing him a frisbee or disc to catch!

 

Take An Agility Class With Your Dog!Take An Agility Class: Dog just want to jump, tunnel, run, and climb? Agility is not just for the Border Collie. To us it’s a great way to train for an obstacle course race! It’s also one of the best form of mental and physical exercise that boots your dog’s confidence and actually makes him more obedient – he’s learns to look up to you! Start this outside with our dog in the fall, but move on indoors during the winter!

 

Go Bikejoring With Your DogBikejoring: Have a large dog that loves to run with you? Bikejoring is a sport where your dog actually pulls you on your bike. Think dog sledding in the fall! You could start training your dog with bikejoring in the fall and move on to skijoring (dog pulls you on cross country skis) in the winter. This is a must-do for a Husky!

 

 

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Top 10 Ways To Cure Dog Boredom

Dog Bored? Top 10 Ways To Cure Dog Boredom

My dog looks up to me a lot. So, it always makes me feel guilty whenever she sprawls out on the floor with a thud, gives a big sigh, and then stares me down with those sad, bored puppy eyes. All she wants to do is play! Maybe I’m overthinking it, but she would get up in a heartbeat if she saw me with a toy in hand!

So, how do you cure dog boredom?

Dogs need a lot of physical exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Otherwise, they will look for something to take their frustration and boredom out on, such as chewing up your living room couch, digging out all your new outdoor plants, or barking at anything with legs.

Our dogs have become lazy, or rather we have allowed them to become lazy. Dogs used to work a lot! Many were bred to retrieve prey or herd livestock alongside their humans. All dogs have a natural instinct for scavenging for food.

We simply need to do more with our dogs and give them (and yourself) an active lifestyle! I’m always looking for a fresh way to keep my dog busy and avoid destructive behavior in dogs. Here are some quick tips to keep your dog entertained, happy, active, and challenged.

 

TOP 10 WAYS TO RELIEVE DOG BOREDOM

~As they say, a tired dog is a happy dog.

  1. Walk Somewhere New: Like humans, dogs love a little variety and challenge in their walks or hike. Take them somewhere that has new scents, sounds, and experiences.
  1. Go Out On Errands: Dogs love the car ride too. If you can’t walk, take your dog along with you when you run errands! Crack open the window and let them sniff something new in the air! Never leave your dog in the car if it is too hot outside! Not only will another dog owner give you the stare down, but worse, your dog may have get heatstroke or sustain brain damage.
  1. Sign up for a Pawtivity or Event: Find new ideas to keep your dog active and happy on Pawtivity! Sign up to do something with your dog! Try a new activity you’ve never done before. We love fetch, disc dog / frisbee, and tug. Agility is also a great form of mental and physical exercise that boosts your dog’s confidence and makes them more obedient all-around – it truly is an overlooked form of play for dogs! 15 minutes of disc, agility, or other form of active play at a time truly does wonders – keep your dog wanting to do more and looking to you to play more.
  1. Go To The Dog Park: The dog park is a great way for your dog to socialize with other dogs. Better yet, it’s often free!
  1. Make Your Dog Work For Food: Since dogs used to scavenge for food, why not scatter your dog’s food in the yard and make them find their food? Or lay out small piles of food around the house for them to find. Every time you feed your dog or take your dog on a walk, make them do puppy situps (sit, down, sit, come/touch, look). Practice puppy situps at a farther distance each time. This is great training for better recall and obedience, useful for when your your dog is off leash.
  1. Get a Chew Toy: Dogs love to chew, so get a good assortment of soft and hard chew toys to try out! Carmella can bite through black Kongs, so we love edible dental bones and antler bones. Antler bones last a long time and do double-duty to fight boredom and clean teeth. Note of caution: Find the best chew toy for your dog – start with a soft one. Antler bones should be taken away if you see chipping or breakage. Chew toys that are too hard can fracture your dog’s teeth. We never had a problem with antler bones, but this has to do with they way Carmella works at the bone, she doesn’t just bite down. Tennis balls are not the best chew toys as they can wear down your dog’s teeth enamel and fall apart in pieces large enough to get stuck in your dog’s throat. In all, supervise your dog with their chew toy before deciding which one is best for them.
  1. Invest in Treat Dispensing and Smart Toys: Dogs naturally have a keen sense of smell.  Why not challenge them to use their natural instincts by giving them a puzzle for them to solve?  Treat dispensing and smart toys often involve the use of treats and require supervision. They also come in varying levels of difficulty.
  1. Create Distractions When You are Away: Keep a safe treat dispensing toy around, put on the tv or radio, and keep a chew toy or two around for your dog to play with when you are out.  You can also try giving them frozen treats that will melt over time or put toys in a huge ice mold to leave outside.
  1. Rotate Your Dog’s Toys: This shakes things up a bit and gives more mileage to your dog toys. Dog are like kids – they love the new toy and all want the new toy.
  1. Attend a Basic Dog Training Class:  How will your dog know what you want them to do? Dog owners need the proper training to communicate effectively with their canine companions. Basic commands such as sit, stay, leave it, give, or come serve as building blocks to help you play more with your dog.

 

What are other ways that you can keep a dog busy? We hate to see a dog that is bored. Include a comment below or email us and we will add your suggestion as a pawtivity!

Carol & Carmella
President & Pup, Pawtivity

 


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Learn the Tire Jump or Hoop Jump

Tire Jump

Bonus Tip – Take an agility class with your dog to learn the basics. Or take a more advanced class to do learn special techniques and sequencing (going from one obstacle to another).

Take a photo or video of your dog going through the tire or hoop jump.

 

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Activities: Jump, Agility

Dog jumping over a panel jump on an outdoor agility course.

Obstacle Course Race

We here at Pawtivity were so excited to learn about obstacle course races for humans and canines. You could always to a 5k with your dog, but how much more fun is it to do an obstacle course race? One of these races is the BADASS Dash Race K9 Companion Division. This race involves running and going through obstacles. While you could just try to wing the course, it’s much safer for you and your dog to ease into this with some pre-race practice. Find or start a group on Pawtivity to learn how to run with your dog better or practice some key agility moves with your dog.

Take a photo of your dog with his race bib or competition material. Let others know how you enjoyed the race and how you trained with your dog! Any additional tips for others?

 

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Activities: Running, Agility, Race

Puppy going through a play tunnel in the backyard.

Obstacle Course

This is a fun activity, especially if you have a few other hands around (ahem…kids that need a good distraction or project to do). Use a little ingenuity and creativity to put together an obstacle course. Go over boxes, jump over poles, climb chairs, limbo under poles, throw a frisbee, catch a ball, crawl through a tunnel, herd a ball into a goal, ride a skateboard, run laps, crawl on the ground, or jump up and down. Add in elements such as whip cream, confetti, mud, water, or ice. Design a course and take a picture of it with your dog. Make things harder by timing the obstacle course. Invite others to join in on the fun! Consider joining a Pawtivity group to get additional ideas from others. Or start one yourself!

Take a photo or video of your dog zooming through a backyard obstacle course. It must have at least 3 obstacles. Tell others what you used in your obstacle course and how you made it.

 

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Activities: Running, Agility, Race

Broad jump on an agility course.

Broad Jump

Bonus Tip – Take an agility class with your dog to learn the basics. Or take a more advanced class to do learn special techniques and sequencing (going from one obstacle to another).

Take a photo or video of your dog going over the broad jump.

 

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Activities: Agility, Jump