I noticed you online and just had a question for you. You said in a post that your friend and you used to feed Canidae but your dogs started having behavior issues . What behavior issues did they have? I feed Canidae and just wanted to know if there was something I need to look out for.
My alpha dog became much more hormonal/alpha (yes he is neutered) They both were more aggressive with other dogs they didn't know. Both were barking a lot at nothing much. My friends dog began lifting his leg in the house & being just generally grouchy.
The change was immediate when I switched, even tho I was mixing them.
I attribute it to the high protien in the Canidae. Min 24% I'm now using the CA Nat reduced calorie & the protien is min 18%
I am not about to get into this debate at 1:30 in the morning.
I am saying that yes I believe it could be a possiblty. As highly unlikely that you think it can't happen doesn't make it so. And that same goes for how I feel. All I am saying is that IMO the possiblty exists.
Food can certainly affect a dog's behaviour; I would attribute it mostly to the high grains and cereals that most dry dog foods are based on, a high carbohydrate diet I feel would be to blame for aggression or hyperactivity in dogs. Plus one has to bear in mind that most dry dog foods have artificial additives and preservatives and these can cause untold health problems and some of these problems only show up in the long term and therefore a vet would not attribute the health problems that your dog may be having to what it is being fed. I truly believe that the best is the raw and natural way and at least you know exactly what is going down your dog's gullet without a shudder of a doubt.
Think about it, what would the body, be it human or animal, require mostly for energy - CARBOHYDRATES, not protein and therefore an excess of carbos are likely to cause hyperactivity, aggression, instability...etc.
***Edited By: Ruby on 5/21/2006 3:18:43 AM*** Reason: added
SUEBEGONE - Sorry but I have to make a correction here, protein does not provide energy, carbohydrates is what the brain requires for energy and this applies to humans as well, hence that is why people attempting to lose weight on the atkins diet give up as they feel dizzy, tired and unable to do their day's work; mind you, I have embarked on a high protein diet and although the weight quickly disappears I can never seem to keep on it for any longer than a couple of weeks as I start to get extremely tired and have dizzy spells and this is not something that I am usually affected with as a rule.... and yet I don't have that much to lose anyway.
food can change peoples behavoir, so why not dogs? If you give children they become over active, unruly, and sometimes aggresive. So maybe it is something n the food that the dogs are turning into sugars that is affecting them. I do fail to believe that the change can be imediate though. With food allergies it takes ahile for the problem food to leave their systems totally. But I don't know if that works the same way.
I have been feeding my crew the Canidae for quite some time now,. I have had my mother switch her dog to it because it's something we discovered she WOULD eat and my daughter's dog (one of my pups) was here for over three weeks and likes it as well.
Out of this bunch we have 2 intact males, one neutered male and two spayed bitches. There have been no behavior changes, no mood swings nor change in temeprment in any of them.
Perhaps it was another factor, rather than the food, that was the cause?
i have two of my dogs on one of the highest protein diets out there ... EVO 42 % protein. i have not noticed a change in behavior with them at all. actually it would be kind of nice if they did become more active on it as they are the worlds laziest dogs. that food is also lower in carbs then most diets so therefore rubys post makes a lot of sense ........ but my dogs are naturally dizzy ;) LOL.
Thought I'd add - we just finished switching to Canidae and I haven't seen any change in my dogs behavior. UNLESS you want to count the fact that my youngest ones think that their dog food is better than the treats I use for training, so now we're using pieces of food for training rewards... :)
The only behavior changes I've noticed when changing foods is that on the higher quality foods my dogs are bouncier and happy - probably because they aren't overweight and like their food...
Though I will say I noticed their stools are much nicer on the Canidae than they were on the Holistic Eagle Pack I was feeding... :)