For all the behaviorists out there. We know how nutrition effects the performance of a sport or working dog in energy, strength and stamina, but does it have an effect on behavior? Like children become unruly or hyper eating too much sugar or sluggish with too much junk food. The human brain needs a teaspoon of sugar to function, what about dogs? Dogs burn fat for energy and we burn carbs. for energy. The Tryptophan in Turkey makes us tired and sleepy, how does it effect dogs?
If you have experience, facts or opinions on behaviors linked to a certain food or food group please share. Some may be linked to a particular breed, if so please specify.
For instance as noted in James O'heare's "The Canine Aggression Workbook 2nd ed." Protein plays a role in aggression. It was found that by reducing the protein level or providing a better one with tryptophan, levels of aggression had been reduced. A poor diet of kibble made up largely of corn as a protein, in many cases decreased the level of serotonin in the brain and is unusually low in tryptophan. In my experience I believe this has merit.
The Calgary Model
The animal control bylaw in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been hailed by many as a HUGE success. While other cities and provinces in Canada are banning breeds, Calgary is choosing education program and stronger enforcement. What's the end result? By all accounts, reports and statistics, the bylaw is working! Not only that, the bylaw works so well and the results are so highly praised, Calgary is inspiring animal control officials outside of Canada to use the bylaw as a model for their own animal control ordinances.
The following is written by Dana Grove:
The bylaw officers in Calgary have taken a stand against breed banning, and responded to dog bite concerns w
Guide to Canine Cancer: Your Most Common Questions Answered
From signs and symptoms to what to do if your dog's been diagnosed, get the important dog cancer information you need.
Posted: May 29, 2014, 2 p.m. PST
While too many dogs still get diagnosed with cancer each year, new research and treatments are helping increase the quality and quantity of life for dogs with the disease. Education also works as a powerful tool in preventing and dealing with canine cancer. In observance of Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May, the staff at The Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, Conn., offers information on the disease that can benefit both you and the dogs in your life.
Do Dogs Get Cancer? Answ
These 33 Dogs With The Most Unique Coats On Earth Took My Breath Away. My Favorite Is #7!
These amazing dogs have such unusual colors and markings that once you see them, you’ll never be able to forget them.
Some of these markings are a result of a rare genetic variations or conditions, but all of these dogs are undeniably beautiful.
Of all the adorable and stunning dogs on the Internet, Reshareworthy.com collected and specifically chose the following 33 as the dogs with the most memorable and gorgeous markings!
This sweet husky has a natural little mask.
This puppy also wears a mask!
Everyone *nose* that this puppy has a lot of love to offer!
This is Puck. He’s beautiful A
Beware! Plants Poisonous to Dogs
Know which plants and foods are no-nos for your dog.
By DC Editors | Posted: Mar 19, 2013, 3 p.m. EDT
People are often surprised to learn that there are actually hundreds of plants potentially poisonous to dogs many of which could be in your home, or yard.
The following is a list of some plants, trees, flowers, and foods that are poisonous to dogs:
American bittersweet roots, leaves, berries
Apple seeds, in large amounts
Autumn crocus - Its active ingredient, colchicines, triggers an anti-metabolic effect that can cause rapidly dividing cells, shedding of the gastrointestinal tract, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Learn more>>
Science Diet’s “The Truth About Pet Food Ingredients”
June 14, 2011
The Science Diet website now has a page titled “The Truth About Pet Food Ingredients Pet Food Myths Answered with Facts”. Here’s what Science Diets says and of course I have some follow up…
The Science Diet webpage starts off like this…
“The TRUTH about pet nutrition.” They go on to say “It’s important to understand what is myth or fact when making choices about what you feed your pet.” I agree Science Diet, it IS important for pet parents to understand what is myth or fact when making choices about pet food. So, let’s see what Science Diet’s myths and truths are…
“Myth 1: Corn is just filler.” “Fact: A filler is an
There are those that believe that everyone should not use any aversive when training a dog or doing behavioral modification. They believe operant and classical condition is the only way to go.
Others prefer to use force corrections. They use tools like check chains, pronged collars, e-collars, etc.
There are also those that call themselves balance trainers. Instead of trying to train a dog or modify its behavior by force only or positive reinforcement only they believe nature teaches us that you need to have a balance between both in when dealing with dogs.
I'm curious as to what other preference are? Where do you stand on this subject.
I won't condemn anyone for their methods of choice