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Old 07-07-2012, 11:35 PM
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Default Protein Levels = Aggression??

I keep hearing this from people (usually, average Joe) who when asking what I feed Knox (cause he looks so d@mn good I guess ) And I tell them TOTW, they will usually (if I'm in the city) ask "Doesn't feeding him that much protein in his diet make him more aggressive and hyper??"

I have no idea what to say to that, because the dog snoozing at my feet is CLEARLY aggressive and hyper all the time. (To be fair, he can be pretty aggressive and hyper )

But I've just been hearing this a LOT lately, so I was wondering if someone is out there spreading misinformation, or is there an actual correlation between protein levels of food and actively/aggression levels???
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:37 PM
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LOL definitely never heard that one

I have, however, been told that cats and ferrets need grains in their diet because "in the wild" they get the grains from the stomach of the mice/rabbit/whatever they catch and eat...
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:53 PM
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Welllll...if you ask a horse person, higher protein=hot/high energy horse. I think when I've researched it, generally carnivores metabolize animal protein differently.

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:19 AM
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You know, I have heard that too. I've even read it in a dog trading book-never put much stock in it though....

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:23 AM
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It makes sense in some ways.

Protein is the main source of energy in the dog's diet, but we've been feeding them the opposite of that energy source...high sugar grains. When you eat a crap load of carbs for breakfast, lunch, and generally feel like crap, especially if you aren't high energy and actually using those carbs. And we are omnivorousness. So you can imagine the effect it might have on dogs.

Then they are suddenly eating healthy, feeling do people generally see fresh-acting, spunky dogs with a lot of energy to burn? Possibly aggressive. Especially when their couch-lounging pets were previously oh-so simple and lazy.

So, in that way it can make sense to me.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:25 AM
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To me that goes hand in hand with people who swear feeding raw will give a dog the taste for flesh noms.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:53 AM
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Originally Posted by AdrianneIsabel View Post
To me that goes hand in hand with people who swear feeding raw will give a dog the taste for flesh noms.
Rofl. That was exactly where my mind went. Like, feeding him raw chicken is going to make him go out and mass murder all chickens he comes across. ???
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:59 AM
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Originally Posted by AdrianneIsabel View Post
...the taste for flesh noms.

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Old 07-08-2012, 07:04 AM
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I think the theory came from Nick Dodman, behaviorist at Tufts, originally. I hear it repeated from time to time, and I believe he still stands by it.

Here's the first decent blog post on the subject that came up on google: Do Protein Levels in Dog Food Matter?

I think this is one of those things where if I were having serious aggression issues with a dog, I might consider lowering the protein content of their food and seeing if it made any difference, but otherwise, it's not even something on my radar.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:51 AM
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I've heard this a lot, and have a few friends who very strongly believe it. It was regularly touted as gospel at the training center I worked at out of college.

After talking it over with countless people, some in the medical field, I basically believe what Lyzelle said. That it is less the protein causing aggression, and more the other "stuff" creating a sort of sedating effect. I think about how I feel after eating a big pancake breakfast for instance. It takes effort for me to bother getting up for a drink. I can't imagine what it would take to motivate me to get into a physical confrontation.

Which, at the end of the day, makes be a bit sad that people are keeping their dogs from feeling their best intentionally.

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