Dr. Jean Heidker has been working with dogs for close to fifty years and is still active in training. During that time she has trained dogs in all areas of life from well-behaved pet to hunting, herding and service dogs. Service dogs have included search and rescue, scent detection, man trailers and PTSD canines for service men and women. Nutrition to keep them at the top of their game has always been of high importance.


     Dr. Heidker has a PhD in Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology from Kansas State University which she has applied to developing products for companies for commercial production as well as specialized solutions for a single user or group. She has worked closely with veterinarians to provide not only new products for their needs but also to provide innovative ideas and feeding regimes to animals not responding to conventional treatments. The common answer is not always right and her goal has always been to provide practical field-tested products and answers based on science and practical knowledge and application. Products and solutions are field tested using her own animals or those that are in training to make sure they are suitable and practical for field use. Her company, P & S Nutrition, was created first to serve the needs of working K9s with products and advice when her son was in Iraq, but has become known also for serving all animals that have nutritional issues or handlers seeking a field solution.


     Jean is known for consulting with animals that are having digestive or other nutritional issues and working with their owners to find a solution to improve the animal’s health and create a happy team. This is done by listening to the owner and animal for issues and then providing advice and information on nutrition so a new diet can be designed and then evaluated to provide the very best solution for the animal in question. It also promotes a better understanding of the effect that the diet and other factors may have on the health, well-being and productivity of that client.


     Thinking outside the box is a way of life that finds unconventional solutions to problems that are often overlooked. Using the motto that “anything is possible” and “never give up” many new products and previously unsolved issues with all animal species have been resolved.


     Dr. Heidker offers free nutritional counseling to those K-9s in law enforcement.


CLASS: K-9 Nutrition: Not All Dogs and Their Needs Are Created Equal

  • What is YOUR K-9 worth? Not in dollar value but for the services he performs.

  • What should you spend to feed your K-9? The most expensive is not always the best

  • Where does your K-9 get the energy to perform at the top of his/her game?

  • How many calories does your K-9 need and where should they come from?

  • Do dogs get dehydrated? How to keep them hydrated and happy.

  • Does your K-9 work in short bursts or for extended periods of time? Feeding regimes and nutritional content of the diet should differ depending on how and when your K-9 performs its job.

  • Your K-9 has digestive issues or can’t put on weight. How can you help him/her?

  • Can probiotics solve the issue of diarrhea and other digestive malfunctions?

  • Lactic acidosis—tying up. Causes and prevention.

  • Supplements! There are lots of them out there. Does your K-9 need one?

The goal is to have your dog working better and longer with nutrition to fit its needs!