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How nutrition can affect behaviour

How nutrition can affect behaviour

If a dog is on a poor-quality diet it is the equivalent of us trying to live solely from fast food, they will feel awful! If your dog is feeling awful, then it’s going to be grumpy, antisocial, lethargic.

Another thing to consider is how you feel when you are “hangry”. If you’ve had a long day and all you have in the cupboard is bland cereal, you’re going to be feeling a bit cranky. That’s exactly how your dog is feeling, and this can be one of the contributing factors to aggression and reactivity.

If a dog’s food is full of unnatural preservatives and e-numbers, it can cause hyperactivity and short attention span making training more challenging. It may also cause the dog to resort to destructive behaviour like digging up carpets and chewing furniture as these behaviours allow them to burn off the energy.

If food is full of bulking agents and ingredients that are not easily digestible your dog may scoff his food and produce large amounts of stool but still feel hungry all the time. This can cause competitive behaviour and resource guarding at mealtimes and also the previously mentioned theft, begging etc.

If your dog has a food intolerance it might not necessarily affect their stool but it may affect their behaviour, they may become hypersensitive to touch causing them to flinch when touch and not to want to be around other dogs that may come in contact with them in some cases leading to reactivity.

Choose treats that do not contain sugar and refrain from giving a dog unhealthy human food. Some sensitive dogs can also have a peaking blood sugar reaction from carbs like grains and cereals. In this case, we would advise that a diet from our Grain Free range is fed. This is because the Grain Free range contains Sweet Potato, which has a low glycemic index.

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