I don't know if diet can have a significant effect on behaviour. Activity levels, yes, but probably not hyperactivity or aggression.
Not to derail, but the whole turkey tryptophan-l sleepiness thing is a myth. The documented effect of tryptophan-l causing sleepiness only happens when the amino acid is ingested on a completely empty stomach. The amount of protein in the turkey alone prevents this, as well as the fact that you probably eat more total food on thanksgiving than any other day of the year.Some of you may have experienced what tryptophan can do to your behavior, especially if you had a lot of turkey on Thanksgiving.
that would definitely be an interesting study! i would love to read your results.Lots of interesting ideas! I should start taking notes about what dogs in at work eat what food and see if there is any relation to how they behave. Even if it is "a link between food quality, pride of ownership and better training skills", I still think it would be interesting to find out.
After things become less crazy in at work (spring break right now and we are SWAMPED) I am going to try to keep tabs on brands of food and dogs. Here are the things I'm going to look at: age, sex (including if altered), breed, brand of food, physical condition (weight, coat health, etc.), and behavior.
We have a very wide varity of foods, so should I group them by a generic brand, or do an individual brand? In otherwords, should all foods by Eukanuba be labeled "Eukanuba", or should I get specific such as, "Eukanuba Lamb and Rice" and "Eukanuba Salmon and Rice"?
Ah, that would work. I totally didn't even think about comparing ingredients. *face palm*It all depends on how specific you want to get; perhaps check the ingredient lists, and go from there, that way you can narrow things down further, and determine whether you need to be more specific or not, per brand.