It is common to find many people who suffer allergies or reactions from eating certain types of food and drinks. Modern medicine has developed significantly to realise that the chemicals used to produce and preserve many processed foods, can have considerable effects on the human body, mind and behaviour – this is true also for our dogs. As a trainer and behaviour consultant, this is always an important area for concern when dealing with canine behaviour problems and diet is always checked very early on in the consultation, as it always has a significant effect on the success of eliminating problems.
Time and time again when clients have changed their dogs diet to a more natural based food, the problems have diminished considerably, and this coupled with some training and management strategies eliminate the problems altogether. So many foods these days are full of chemicals, unsavoury by-products of meat (not actually meat itself!) preservatives and many other unnatural substances, it is impossible for it not to have an effect on the physiological make up of our beloved pets.
Some indicators of possible diet related behaviour may be hyperactivity (this is the most common one due to the inability of the dogs digestive system to process the unnatural substances), excessive drinking, excessive itching and scratching especially at the top of the tail, eating grass, fibre based destructive tendencies such as toilet rolls and tissues, coprophagia (eating faeces) digestive problems (constipation or diarrhoea) allergic reactions, flatulence, inconsistent motions.
There are now a vast number of manufactured dog foods available to pet owners and many of these are produced with sales in mind as opposed to canine health and nutrition. They are manufactured to appeal to the owners by looking appetising and colourful in order to increase trade. Unless pet owners are knowledgeable in correctly analysing the content of the food, it is likely they won’t even know what is actually in the food they are buying.
There is much controversy surrounding the subject of manufactured dog foods, and whether they are actually healthy for our dogs, or whether they in fact contain many unhealthy, unnatural ingredients. It has become increasingly common over recent years for diet to have an undeniably extensive effect on the behaviour of so called ‘problem dogs’. I would advise any owner who is remotely interested in what they are actually feeding their dogs, to investigate thoroughly the ingredients and manufacturing process that produces the dog foods they buy.
Tru Nature recommends All in One by Natural Dog Food Company for its natural, holistic food providing natural well balanced nutrition for our dogs.