Aggressive behavior caused by a dog’s diet

Understanding dog behavior is important before arriving at any conclusions about the reasons behind certain types of behavior. Much as humans feel offended at certain things and resort to aggression, dogs too respond similarly. Just as certain foods do not suit humans, there are many foods that should not be fed to dogs.

If you continue to feed your dog with a diet that disturbs his system, he is liable to show his irritation in his behavior. Persistent feeding of unsuitable diet ultimately leads to aggressive dog behavior.

Dogs are not obligate carnivores and can be often seen hunting for roots and fruits. Dogs evolved from wolves. In the wild if you see wolves and dogs eating an herbivore prey that they have killed, you may notice they first go for the stomach area of the carcass. That is where they will find roots and leaves and berries. Many times you can also see dogs eating grass.

Left to him, a dog will eat only what he can digest and pass easily. Domesticated dogs do not have that option available to them. They have to consume what they are fed by dog owners. It is a known fact that commercial dog food contains synthetic preservative, coloring and fillers.

Some manufacturers even stoop to add addictive ingredients to boost their sales. These substances can do serious harm to the dog. Constant intake of such substances often leads to dog aggression when the dog’s discomfort exceeds tolerance levels.

If your dog is becoming overly aggressive and you perceive that even re-training efforts are coming to a naught, check the diet that you are feeding him with. If you are feeding your dog with a diet that is not providing him with enough energy he is likely to be non responsive towards training.

One of the reasons behind your dog getting hyper, unfocused and out of control may be the cheap grain based kibble that you might be feeding him. Actually, grain based diet should never be fed to a dog. It can ruin his digestive system because it is not his natural diet. The biological and physiological basis of this is related to blood sugar levels.

High carbohydrate diet leads to wild swings in blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus. Even if you look at it in the evolutionary perspective, wild dogs consume only minimal quantity of grains and that too in the shape of already digested paste and juices in the intestines of a seed eating prey.

The recent shooting up of incidence of aggression led dog biting can be an outcome of generations of diet that is incompatible to the dog’s digestive system. It is never too late to start to save an animal that has earned the distinction of being a man’s best friend.

A high quality protein based diet in conjunction with roots, fruits, green beans, tomatoes and bananas can ultimately lead to a healthier generation of dogs. Remember that a healthy and mature dog does not normally bite.

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