Champion Sheepdog Tess Starts her Season off with a Win- Sponsored by Dynamite Specialty Products

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Tess, the champion sheepdog, sponsored by Dynamite Specialty Products, makers of all-natural dog food and nutritional supplements, starts her season off with a victory.

Champion Sheepdog Tess relies on Dyna-Pro dog prebiotics in competition.

It’s all about guts. The dog’s physical guts also have to be working.

Champion sheepdog Tess, sponsored by Dynamite Specialty Products, makers of Super Premium Dog Food and Dyna-Pro for dogs, is back home after winning first place in the season opener sheepdog trial in Hepner, Oregon.

The first official trial of the season featured dog handlers from all over the Northwest, including an array of award-winning dogs. Tess’ excellent start to the season among such impressive competition is testimony to the benefits of sound canine nutrition and prebiotics as well as good training and instinctive drive.

“This is a promising victory,” said Callie Novak, C.E.O. of Dynamite Specialty Products, which sponsors Tess. “Whenever a sponsored dog does well in the season opener, it creates excitement in the field that carries the whole team through the up-coming trials.”

Tess’ handler, Lavon Calzacorta, believes that much of his dogs' success, in addition to their training, is due to his dog's food and dietary supplements. All are designed to provide both mental and physical energy for sheepdog trials, in which dogs have to perform a variety of different tasks for their handlers.

“My dogs look good, feel great, and run well,” he said. “They work for 12 to 14 minutes at a time at full speed. You can tell that some competitors at sheepdog trials are exhausted when they come off the field. My dogs are still ready to go.”

Calzacorta works with his dogs at his home outside of Boise, Idaho more than 15 hours a week. Training begins when they are 12 to 16 months old. Tess was bred at the Helsley Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho. Calzacorta noted that Dyna-Pro prebiotics for dogs is a constant ingredient in dog nutrition for Tess. Dyna-Pro uses a fermentation extract for the health of natural gut bacteria. It is primarily given to dogs and horses, but can be given to a variety of other species.

“Our slogan is that ‘It’s all about guts,’ and it is, both mentally and physically,” he added. “It takes guts for a dog to stare down an old, angry ewe that doesn’t want to move. The dog’s physical guts have to be working properly. If a dog doesn’t feel good, it won’t perform well. The gut is where it all starts. Dyna-Pro prebiotic improves gut health and gives dogs and horses an edge they can’t get with any other product.”

Tess’s next competition will be at the Big Willow trial in Payette, Idaho May 12-13th.

Dynamite products are available through more than 4,000 individual distributors across the country. All dog food and other products use only natural ingredients and are made in the United States for quality control. Dynamite’s recently developed Super Premium Dog Food is a wheat-free, corn-free dog food that was designed for dogs with sensitive digestive systems. More information is available at or by calling 1-800-697-7434.

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