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4 Ways Your Puppy’s Diet Affects Behavior


If your once overly playful pup seems a little glum or less energetic than usual, try not to assume the worst. One important basic step to understanding your puppy’s change in behavior or attitude is to observe his diet. What your dog eats has a huge affect on his overall health.


Some dog foods have filler grain ingredients that cause allergies. Your pooch’s mood may be affected when he becomes irritable due to allergies. When you choose a better-quality and healthy pet food, such as all-natural Applaws, his mental and physical health will definitely benefit.


Below are four ways diet can affect your dog’s behavior.


1. Mental Alertness

The ingredients in your pet’s food, such as fatty acid DHA, increase mental alertness in puppies. In fact, some studies show that dogs that eat food containing DHA are easier to train. Some antioxidants are also great brain food for old dogs.


The next time you choose a dog food for your beloved pets, opt for something natural and avoid products with artificial ingredients.


2. Aggression

Puppies that exhibit fear aggression show signs of improvement with a low-protein diet resulting in adequate tryptophan levels. It’s important for your dog to get the right amount of tryptophan, an essential amino acid found in protein. Tryptophan is essential for serotonin production, which steadies your dog’s mood.


But since he needs adequate protein for proper development, you can check with his vet to see if he requires a tryptophan supplement. This way, you can still keep him on a healthy puppy diet rich in protein.


3. Hyperactivity

Hyperactive dogs are usually those that feed on food products containing an uneven amount of cereal grains. Carbohydrates like starches and grains increase a canine’s blood sugar level.


Dog food containing more than 35 percent carbohydrates will affect the amount of amino acids the canine is consuming. This negatively affects the dog’s brain functioning, which can trigger uncontrollable hyperactivity. So, make sure you go over the nutritional information in dog food products to ensure your pup is getting only the optimal amount of carbs in his diet.


4. Hormonal Imbalance

The most problematic ingredients in pet foods are those using soy as protein. Since soy is a plant-based protein, it lacks essential amino acids necessary to produce serotonin. Also, it contains plant estrogen, which is believed to cause hormonal imbalances in canines.


If you want to improve your dog’s behavior, you need to keep a lookout on nutrition labels. The first five ingredients on the list are considered the most important as they are what make up a big chunk of the ingredients in the food.


Make sure that you buy your pet food at a reliable online pet shop. This way, you can ensure that your pooch gets the right nutrients and amounts of grains, fats, and so forth. Use the information above together with your vet’s advice to determine the best food for your dog’s optimum health.


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Farah Al-Khojai is the managing partner of Pet’s Delight, based in the United Arab Emirates. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a BSC in government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands, including Origen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear, and Rogz.