So what are some other high quality snacks that forum members are using?
Recent research has shown that the most effective way to replenish carbohydrates in a canine athlete is through provision of modified starches called maltodextrins. Maltodextrins are 8-20 glucose units long, therefore, they fall between simple sugar and complex starches in structure. Maltodextrins are rapidly absorbed and taken up by the muscle without the insulin spikes or other associated GI problems attributed to other carbohydrate sources.
Several studies have examined the benefits of post-exercise maltodextrin supplementation in dogs that perform prolonged exercise. Dogs that were given 1.5-2.0 g carbohydrate/ kg body weight post-exercise in the form of maltodextrins were able to recover, on average, about 50% of pre-exercise glycogen stores within 4 hours of exercise and about 85 % of pre-exercise glycogen within 24 hours, while dogs fed but not supplemented recovered less than 40% of their pre-exercise glycogen after 24-hours.
The bulk of the research on carbohydrate replacement has occurred with dogs participating in exercise over 30 minutes in length; however, there is application in dogs that participate in primarily anaerobic activity as well. Anaerobic exercise relies mainly on muscle glycogen for fuel. For example, Greyhounds have significant depletion of muscle glycogen after a race. Also, dogs that may not be physically conditioned to perform in athletic events or exercise may benefit from malt dextrin supplementation for glycogen repletion. Untrained or poorly conditioned dogs, for example, a Labrador retriever at the beginning of hunting season, relies more heavily on carbohydrates as an energy source than a conditioned dog. Conditioned dogs rely on free fatty acids as their primary fuel source when performing exercise more than a few minutes in duration. However, any canine sport that requires sudden bursts of speed, or bouts of increased intensity could benefit from glycogen replacement post-exercise in conjunction with a regular balanced feeding regimen.
Same here; if it looks edible, it's a snack.I have been buying for Woody Wellness puppy treats for "good puppies". It is wholesome fruits and vegies with chicken and flaxseed....he loves them but then again there aren't too many snacks that he doesn't.