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Doping in dogs: prohibited substances and alternatives

It is nothing new that people have always used performance-enhancing methods in sporting competitions. But doping is not uncommon in dog sports either. In order to counteract this and to ensure fair conditions for all participants, the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) has been carrying out regular doping tests on dogs since 2012.

Doping in dogs: substances prohibited by VDH

The VDH lists a whole range of substances whose use in dogs is considered doping and is therefore not permitted in competitions.

The VDH substance list:

  • Substances affecting the central or peripheral nervous system
  • Substances with an effect on the vegetative nervous system
  • Substances affecting the gastrointestinal tract
  • Substances affecting the cardiovascular system
  • Substances with effect on the musculoskeletal system
  • Substances with analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects
  • Substances with antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal effect
  • Substances that affect blood clotting
  • Substances with cell-damaging effects
  • Antihistamines
  • Diuretics
  • Local anesthetics
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Respiratory stimulants
  • Sex hormones (Except: preparations to prevent heat)
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Corticosteroids
  • Endocrine secretions and their synthetic homologues

If a sports dog is under veterinary treatment and therefore has to consume one of the above substances, it is necessary that the owner fills out an appropriate form and has the diagnosis confirmed by the veterinarian.

On the basis of the information in this form, the responsible doping veterinarian will then decide whether or not the dog concerned may participate in the competition. The decisive factor is the half-life of the substance in question.

Consequences of a positive doping test on the dog

If the doping test on a dog is positive and one of the substances on the VDH's list of substances is found, the animal is subject to a ban of between six months and three years. During this period the dog may not take part in any competitions within the VDH.

In addition, the owner of the dog must also expect to be banned for six months to three years, whereby this ban then extends to all dogs in his possession. In addition, the name and sanctions imposed will be published and the FCI will be informed.

Performance improvement in dogs without doping

It is understandable that owners of sports dogs try to improve the performance of their four-legged friends. But doping is definitely the wrong way. Because it not only harms the sport as a whole, but also the health of affected dogs.

Instead, like Jule Prins (World and European Champion in Canicross), you can rely on our range of nutritional supplements for sports dogs to naturally optimise the performance of your dogs without doping.

Bellfor Fitness Powder


Bellfor Fitness powder is suitable for all sports dogs and contributes to an optimal supply of valuable amino acids. It supports regeneration, prevents muscle breakdown and promotes muscle growth.

Bellfor Fitness Bar


The Bellfor Fitness bar was specially developed for endurance sports. The perfectly balanced ratio of carbohydrates and medium-chain fatty acids ensures an optimal energy supply during prolonged exercise.

Bellfor Joints & Bones


The musculoskeletal system of sports dogs is exposed to special stress. Bellfor Joints & Bones counteracts excessive joint wear and tear and, thanks to the innovative active ingredient Ovopet, ensures that the joints of active sports dogs remain healthy and mobile.


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