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Old 07-08-2012, 11:33 AM
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I've actually heard the opposite, that feeding high carbs will contribute to behavior problems. That makes more sense to me...
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:59 AM
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Elsie and Zobby seem to behave better on higher protein food.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:04 PM
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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.
Wow, that's interesting. He's pretty well respected.

In any event, I completely agree with your last paragraph.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:08 PM
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I've heard that a few times before and always wondered about it. It's okay though, my dogs eat raw so they're just going to kill me in my sleep anyways.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:17 PM
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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.
^All of this.

To me it's a lot like the folks who support intentionally keeping their dog on the chubby side so he "isn't so wild!" Which in their case means they don't have to bother taking him for a walk because he'll just lay around the house anyway, and gets tired after a block or two.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:24 PM
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I do know of a couple very reactive dogs who did do better switching to lower protein food, but yes, I think it was the extra energy that the protein gives "pushing" them over the edge of what was already an issue, not that the protein itself caused the issue. These dogs were also being worked with using conditioning, training, etc as well.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:37 PM
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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. ???
I had someone tell me to never feed my dog mutton if I wanted her to be a sheepdog, because then she'd identify the sheep as food.
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It only seems to increase it to noticeable levels if you mix it wirh gasoline and gunpowder. I do this to make my dogs more aggressive.
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It only seems to increase it to noticeable levels if you mix it wirh gasoline and gunpowder. I do this to make my dogs more aggressive.
We used to joke in the pit bull world that you were supposed to feed your dogs hornets and wasps to increase their game.
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I've actually heard the opposite, that feeding high carbs will contribute to behavior problems. That makes more sense to me...
I have heard that about horses, but never dogs...
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