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    Does food affect temperament?

    My 2.5 yr old Brittany Spaniel is pretty high energy. I know it's the breed, and I don't expect him to ever be a lazy dog, but I wonder if his food is making things worse...

    Does food affect a dog's energy and temperament? He's getting an Iams Chicken and Rice dry food- he's healthy and in good weight. Would something without wheat or rice help him chill out a bit?

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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    No, but more exercise and mental stimulation will.

    I personally would not feed Iams. The quality of their food is poor. I would suggest switching to Innova EVO, Solid Gold: Barking at the Moon, Timberwolf Organics, or Fromm's Four Star Nutritionals for nutritional purposes.

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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    No, dog food does NOT effect the energy of a dog, but genics do.!!! He has to be in great form to be healthy and full of it however? Just give him a good daily run or brisk walk to remove the edge he has. Dogs of all kinds do not daily exercise of some form. My Shepherds just require a daily walk and they are happy but they also run loose on 5 acres. I often need to throw the tennis ball to get some lazy ones moving.



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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    I would definitely switch foods, like Snowshoe said their quality is very poor. She gave you some very good recommendations.
    In regards to temperment - the only thing I ever read about this was in a book on raw by Tom Lonsdale, when dispelling the myth about dogs getting a "blood" lust from eating raw meat (which they don't), he mentioned that he's noticed a calmer temperment in dogs that are RAW fed. Something about all of the toxins in the foods the body reacts to...I have not seen this personally, but I have boxers.

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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    Thanks everyone! He gets lots of exercise, and is generally a healthy boy. Was just wondering about possible impacts. I will definitely look into switching from Iams, though!

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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    Actually I have found it can. Foods high in corn is a false carb and can cause hyper activity. I found this out with my first doberman- alias the nut case.. lol. Or so I thought until I took the to a nutrionalist. We took her off of corn completly and man alive- what a difference! She suddenly became focused and no where near as hyper..

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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    just like us food can affect dogs as well . my dog was on pedegree and was like a loon a changed to burns which has no artifical flavors colours or adativs and she now is a lot calmer

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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    Actually I have found it can. Foods high in corn is a false carb and can cause hyper activity.
    I agree Borzoi - some low quality carb sources can definately contribute the hyperactivity and if there is no activity to channel the energy, aggression and disruptive behavior can ensue. Medical problems connected to diet can also cause behavioural issues.

    Although exercise is also key, diet can definately have effects on temperament - for better or for worse.
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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    Well genetics can be a serious factor as well. But look at the diet. It made a huge difference in "Shane"...

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    Re: Does food affect temperament?

    So the "potatoes not prozac" mantra does somewhat apply to dogs? Interesting, and makes sense. I'll talk to a nutritionist and the breeder and try to find something that might help (even if it doesn't, at least I'll know I have a high-quality food!)

    I agree, exercise is absolutely vital, especially with this breed.

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