Recently crowned Victorian Metropolitan Trainer of the Year, Robert Britton says there’s no such thing as “feeding better” by paying more for your greyhound’s food.
The Lara trainer insists that the key is to source inexpensive products which provide a balanced diet which, at the same time, eliminates the risk of returning a positive swab which often comes from contaminated knackery meat.
“The basic diet we feed our race dogs costs between $2.00 and $2.50 per day, per dog, depending on whether you can buy in bulk,” Britton said.
Daily preparation of fresh vegetable soup is the most time-consuming aspect of Britton’s feeding regime, and he believes selecting the right dry food (kibble) is important.
“I believe it’s important to look to a balanced diet rather than getting caught up in brand names or advertising. Don’t fall for every new supplement launched onto the market thinking it will improve your dog’s performance,” he said.
Britton feeds his greyhounds their main meal of the day in the mornings, while giving them a light snack at night.
“I find that feeding in the mornings (9:00 to 9:30am) ensures the dogs settle and rest much better than when they are fed at night. Things are different on race days, however, as I feed them a quarter of their main meal in the morning and the rest when they get home from the track,” he said.
He said he feeds his greyhound pups, brood matrons and pet greyhounds exactly the same as he feeds his race dogs.
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