all heard the saying, "You are what you eat!" This is
just as true for your four-legged family members, as well. Puppies and
adult dogs need to eat the right foods to stay healthy and alert.
This article by a professional dog trainer explains what to look for in a healthy diet and how good nutrition
can help your dog behave...
How Nutrition Affects Your Dog's Behavior
Correct nutrition is crucially important for every aspect of your dog's
life. It affects their health and wellness by offering a vital
balance of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates and the trace
nutrients and minerals their bodies need for the growth and repair
of their immune systems.
is a vital part of your dog's ability to think clearly, lower
his/her stress levels and a produce a calmer demeanor. The act
of thinking takes a lot of energy. Dogs involved in a training
program expend a lot of mental energy focusing on the tasks they
If your dog
starts with minimal nutrition, they become lethargic, grouchy
or hyper when they are asked to perform the simplest of tasks.
They simply are not able to focus properly and lose concentration
after a short period of time or they may become confused. If the
dog is constantly being asked to do something they can't comprehend,
their confusion can lead to an aggressive form of acting out.
dogs, the first thing I look at is the dog's diet. I work
from the inside out. Training becomes less and less effective if the causes
for the behaviors are not addressed.
Hyper, unfocused and out
of control dogs and puppies often are eating foods with extremely
high levels of cereal foods such as wheat, corn, and/or corn meal.
Aggressive dogs eat food containing higher levels of incomplete
protein which do not digest well. Shy and stressed dogs do not
digest their foods well at all and often suffer from intestinal
complications such as diarrhea. Their coats are often extremely
dry and shed heavily.
One way to
test the foods you are feeding is to soak the food in water for
about fifteen minutes. If it swells in size and becomes somewhat
mushy, it is mostly cereal. Are you dog's stools often soft
and loose or is the dog gassy? They are not digesting the food
at their food, you will do more to help balance their behavior,
as well as contribute to their health and longevity. What is your dog eating?
More facts about what to feed your dog around the Web:
Owner's Guide : Food & Nutrition - Extensive information and a good read with tips on nutritional balance, homemade and holistic diets, food allergies, food related illnesses and diseases.
Dog Food Ingredients & Nutritional Requirements - A collection of informational articles including facts on food and water requirements, how to read a dog food label, foods to avoid, food allergies, nutritional needs of older dogs, and lots more.