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You have 30min post workout to give your charge the power shake he-she needs. Whey Isolate(not blend), Creatine, L Glutamine and 1000mg of Ester C. Post-workout your dog's body is a literal sponge. In a highly

catabolic state it will soak up anything you give it!

Simple Carbohydrates:

During the post-workout phase of training your dog's body is in a hypoglycemic stage. Blood-sugar and insulin levels have drastically dropped. Immediately following exercise natural GH concentrations struggle to increase as insulin levels try to rebound from its current highly catabolic state.

A simple carbohydrate supplement combined with the post-workout window of opportunity will give immediate rise to blood glucose levels and cause a state of hyperglycemia. This will force a increase in the production of insulin!

The newly increased quantity of insulin in the blood will drive much needed glucose (and amino acids) through the receptor sites in the muscle cell at an insane rate.

These elevated stages of blood glucose will begin causing further secretions of Growth Hormone, the key hormone responsible for producing Insulin Growth factor.

Why simple carbohydrates? Increased absorption rates, and an abruptly induced insulin burst. The faster you can get glucose into your dog's bloodstream and muscles, the less protein destroyed and the more glycogen stored.

This is when you want to stay clear of complex carbs. Complex and fibrous carbs simply take way too long to digest and will not give optimal insulin release to offset muscle catabolism.

You also want to stay far away from any fat and fructose sources post-workout. Fructose will not replenish muscle glycogen but rather will replenish liver glycogen. Fat severely delays digestion because it metabolically requires so many more processes to break down.

Another vital key to post-workout nutrition is insulin sensitivity. Creating stronger insulin sensitivity is the primary way to get the most out of your dog's post-workout simple carbohydrate

Only certain types of simple carbohydrates will replenish muscle glycogen. These are carbohydrates in the form of glucose/dextrose.

The basis of our simple carbohydrates (post-workout) should come from sources that register high on the glycemic index. Dextrose or Maltodextrin are the two sources of simple carbs to give your charge post-exercise.


Protein intake in combination with simple carbohydrates, post-workout, are the key ingredients to achieving a state of anabolism and offsetting their bodies’ process converting muscle tissue for energy expenditure.

Fast absorption via digestion, is of paramount importance at this stage. So a liquid or powdered form of protein derived from hydrolyzed whey is the best logical supplement. Whey in powder or liquid form takes an average of 20 minutes to absorb, making this form of protein number one in the race for


Eating a slower burning form of protein like chicken or beef post-workout is missing the mark completely. It is impossible to take advantage of the post-workout window with a protein food source that will take 2 hours to hit your charge's bloodstream.


Re-hydration post-workout is crucial. Thermoregulatory processes need to be put in check as well. Water is responsible for storing carbohydrates and will also help to further speed up the digestion process of the carbohydrates

and protein.

Creatine, Glutamine, and Vitamin C.


Creatine works by increasing the muscles' ability to generate peak torque during training. It does this through increasing anaerobic ATP production. Simply put, creatine will enable your canine to train harder and longer.

Stimulating insulin release will greatly enhance the transport and uptake of creatine into the muscle tissue where it is used to support the reproduction of ATP (energy) and enhance cell volume.


L-glutamine is an absolutely essential amino acid that possesses anti-catabolic qualities. It is also the primary fuel source of immune cells and intestinal cells.

Under periods of stress like really intense workouts, glutamine becomes critical because your dog's body may not be able to make enough of it. If enough glutamine is not supplied by the diet, then the loss of muscle tissue will provide the supply.

Intense exercise also places a high demand for glutamine in a athlete's healthy body, canine or human, making post-workout an ideal opportunity for consumption.

L-Glutamine plays an important role in:

1. Protein metabolism

2. Cell Volumizing

3. Increased Strength and Endurance

4. Tissue Repair

5. Higher Growth Hormone output

6. Anti-catabolism/Decreased chance of overtraining

7. Immune system enhancer

Back to Basics.

This is why the cool down and long massage kneading the canine's muscles towards the heart are SO VERY important PWO (Post Work Out).

Also remember you only have a 30min window to give the Post Workout nutrients.

VERY IMPORTANT, remember that only dextrose-Malto will replenish muscle glycogen. Fructose will only replenish liver glycogen.

If the product you are using for your canine's PWO nutrients is transported by fructose, you are short changing your canine athlete.

There are many products out there that claim to be lactic acid buffers. Some even believe in Creatine.

Glucoronolactone....found in Red Bull and the new di-creatine products. also, the soreness human and canine athletes get the next day after a workout is not lactic acid, its ammonia. Lactic acid is water soluble and only exists in You or your Canine's muscles while the human or canine athlete is actually working out. ammonia is alot harder to get rid of but lots of water usually helps. HYDRATION!

lactic acid build up occurs when glycolosis produces pyruvic acid quicker than it can be used by the mitochandria, the pyruvic acid then converts to lactic acid. One theory is that the lactic acid causes ph shifts that alter enzymes functions in the muscle causing fatigue. It may be true that lactic acid may be part of causing muscle to fatigue.. Not to go into detail, you will never solve the lactic acid burning feeling or fatigue from any product or ph buffer that has been tried by many marathon runners with no help, and thats because in science they are not totally sure on what the fatigue and pain is exactly caused from yet...

Dont Miss the 30min Window


Androstenedione is a male sex hormone produced naturally by the body that can be converted to testosterone. Marketers and manufacturers of "andro" (as it is popularly called) claim that a 100-mg dose of andro can increase plasma concentrations of testosterone by a factor of four within 90 minutes. Additional claims include increases in muscle size, strength, energy, immune function, libido (sex drive) and general well-being. Many experts believe that, as with other steroids, andro improves the body's ability to rapidly recover from strenuous physical activity, allowing users to train more frequently at higher intensity levels.

Presumably, the result of such training would be a substantial increase in muscle size and strength. Dr. Charles Yesalis, a leading expert on the topic of anabolic steroids, contends that andro should be placed on the list of substances covered by the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990, and its use should be controlled until its long-term health effects are determined. Given its close link to testosterone, it seems logical that androstenedione has the potential to bring about the same harmful side-effects associated with anabolic steroid use. Potential users should keep in mind that even though andro is sold legally over the counter, it has been banned by such organizations as the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the International Olympic Committee and the National Football League.


Chromium is an essential trace mineral in the body that aids insulin in the transfer of glucose, amino acids and fat from the bloodstream into the cells. Chromium can be found in many unrefined foods such as whole-grain breads and cereals, nuts, prunes and mushrooms. The estimated safe range of chromium intake for adults is 50 to 200 micrograms per day. With a typical American diet, two-thirds of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of chromium is consumed. Chromium supplementation became popular after it was found that exercise increases chromium loss, raising the concern that chromium deficiency may be common among physically active individuals.

Despite little evidence existing to suggest that chromium deficiency is a widespread problem, chromium picolinate (a supplemental form of chromium) has gained popularity recently as a potent stimulus for simultaneous muscular development and fat loss. The few research studies conducted on chromium supplementation have not found it to have a beneficial effect on levels of either lean muscle mass or body fat. In 1996, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) forced three of the leading marketers of chromium picolinate to stop making undocumented claims, including that the pills promote weight loss, burn fat, build muscle, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugars, and treat or prevent diabetes.

The FTC concluded that these health claims had not been substantiated by scientific studies, and that no reliable evidence existed that most Americans do not consume enough chromium. In a recent position paper, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) concluded that, "based on available evidence, chromium supplementation is not necessary." ACSM recommends that individuals consume a diet high in unrefined foods and include a wide variety of foods to obtain adequate amounts of chromium.


January 1, 2010 at 4:19 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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This is for humans. This won't work for dogs.

January 1, 2010 at 8:34 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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From what I've read, it seems to be a popular thing to use, I would perfer a dog that comes in naturally, is fed a good diet, has good conditioning and alot of heart rather than the use of any enhancement drugs used to gain an edge. I understand why one would want to use those things, but to me that don't tell you the quality of the dog, that stuff gives an artifical edge, I would have wanted to see the dog, not the dog on enhancment products. But thats because I look at it from a breeders angle. I would want that winner that did it on his own merit rather than one than got it due to dopeing or any other Enhancing products that are widley available almost any where.


January 2, 2010 at 1:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Unlike humans, dogs have no fundamental requirement for carbohydrates.

Their major energy source comes from free fatty acids derived from meat fat.

This fat is stored in muscle tissue, their metabolism can only store very small

amounts of glycogen from carbs. Excessive carbs from grain are the major

cause of the diabetic epidemic in the dog population today.

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January 2, 2010 at 9:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Probally why you don't see wolves in the woods dining on corn or rice, did you start feeding raw yet? I want to look into it more, after watching the cali jack 20 years of breeding secrets they showed a shot of what his dogs shit looks like and it seems easier to clean up than a dog on kibble. I just have to get a freezer first, there is no way I could fit a month of pre-made raw diet for all the dogs in my current freezer with all our food in there.



January 2, 2010 at 12:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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I haven't started feeding it yet. just used it to help fatten up a sick puppy I had. Still doing research. Almost ready. I will definitly use it in a keep.

January 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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