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Is your dog over bouncy, over enthusiastic or lacking concentration? Then it could be his diet. These days there is so much choice when it comes to feeding your dog with different ideas of what is best. Raw, home cooked, vegetarian, high meat, working dog, grain free, heavily advertised brands ... The list is endless!
Some of the training & behavioural problems I have observed over the years have been clearly linked to diet.
Here is my quick checklist of diet related training/behaviour problems I have observed in both puppies and adult dogs:
There are physical signs too such as being smelly (smelling very doggy), poor coat condition, scratching, overweight or underweight
I believe in the right balance of nutrition for your dog and feeding according to their exercise levels and age.
The quality of ingredients going into the food is very important and this is where as a consumer we have to trust the information written on the side of the dog food bag. The problem I also see is dog owners over analysing dog food products using comparison sites.
My checklist for choosing a food:
I always try a new food for at least two weeks and if my dogs seem happy, not too bouncy,concentrating well , not too smelly,the toilet department is good and they're not emptying the water dish every 5 minutes then I'm happy!
In conclusion if you fnd your dog lacking attention at the next training lesson try a change of food it may be a simple and cheap fix