Puppy Care Education established 2004
Creators of the "Groom Your Dog Program"
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
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.
are four ways diet can affect your dog’s behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.