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Working Dog Blog
Looking after our ageing workers
While dogs on flatter country may continue to work into their later years, dogs on big hill country tend to slow down a bit sooner.
How do we ensure that we are supporting these dogs as best we can, and helping to extend their working lives?
What comes before a great working dog?
What comes before a great working dog? A great working dog puppy!
To make sure your working dog starts off on the right paw, it’s important to set them up for success by giving them everything they need while they are a growing puppy. This way they can hit the farm running when the time comes.
Body condition scoring.
Body Condition Scoring (BCS), is monitoring a dog’s condition in the same way you review your stock.
The most effective way to know how much to feed your working dog is to feed by eye. Just as you appraise your ewes and lambs body condition, so too can you appraise your working dogs’ body condition.
Why should I feed my dog Premium Performance?
As most farmers know, a good working dog is worth their weight in gold. Whether they are driving sheep or herding cattle, they are hardworking athletes who keep a farm going. It’s not uncommon for them to travel 100km of hill country in a day. To keep these dogs in optimal condition it’s important they are provided with an appropriate diet.
I feed my dogs Eukanuba Premium Performance and when they’re working big days on the hills especially during tailing and weaning, I notice a big difference in their increased energy levels and their ability to keep condition on. Eukanuba Premium Performance keeps my dogs in peak physical condition for their working life span and that’s really important to me.
Matt Collins, Big Ben Station - South Canterbury
I started my dogs on Eukanuba Puppy to make sure their bones and muscles developed the right way. Now as adults I feed them Eukanuba Premium Performance and it’s really satisfying seeing them out on farm working hard and being the strong and healthy dogs I want them to be.
Briar Swanson, Coleridge Downs Cadet
I’m proud of my dogs, and I want a team that look fit and well, work hard, eat up, then go out and do it all over again. Eukanuba Premium Performance is economical, easy to use, and I always know im getting the very best out of them.
Jed McAlley, Hunterville
I have a small team of working dogs, therefore it is essential that they have a long and productive working life. Their good health is very important. That is why I find feeding Eukanuba Premium Performance works extremely well and is cost effective for me.
Graeme Grigg, Rotherham
Tarras Young Farmers Dog Trials
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Oxford A&P Dog Trials
Sunday 31st March
Otairi Shepherds Sheep Dog Trials
Sunday 27th January 2019
Tokomairirio Dog Trials and A & P Show
8th December 2018
Nelson A&P Sheep Dog Trials
Saturday 24th November & Sunday 25th November 2018
Hinau Station Training Day
Sunday 18th November 2018
Bark up at The Groper Garage
10th November 2018
Marlborough A&P Sheep Dog Trials
Friday 9th November & 10th November 2018
The Woody Speedshear
Friday 9th November 2018
Vet Services Hawkes Bay Working Dog Seminar
Wednesday 7th November
19th - 20th October
Amberley A&P Show
Methven Young Farmers Bark Up at the Blue
Saturday May 19
Oxford A&P Dog Trials
March 31st 2018
Wanaka A&P Show
9-11 March 2018
17 March 2018
Bluecliff Dog Trials
20 January 2018