Let’s talk about how the food that you give your dogs affects their behavior which in turn affects training. Many of the dog foods out there have ingredients that you would be surprised at, how dangerous they actually are. I took an example ingredients from a popular dog food manufacturer (did not name) and will talk about some of the dangerous ingredients and also what the other ingredients can cause in their behavior.
Copper Sulfate: While dogs need copper, it has been very controversial using copper sulfate in dog food. Copper sulfate is used typically used to kill fungus and bacteria in crops. While it has been around for many years, there has been debate about the usage in foods especially in pet foods. Some pet food companies have started using other safer copper supplements. Per the National Pesticide Information Center “Signs reported in cats and dogs after ingestion of copper pennies include diminished appetite, depression, vomiting, dehydration and abdominal pain.20,21 Some breeds of dogs are particularly sensitive to copper poisoning due to a genetic defect. These include dalmatians, bedlington, west highland white, and skye terriers, in which ingestion of copper results in weakness, anorexia and vomiting.22 Older dogs may develop liver damage and excess fluid in the peritoneal cavity.”
Now some people may say, those all natural foods and dog treats are expensive and not in my price range. I get it. I have been there. I am not telling you to go out and buy the most expensive food and dog treats. What I am saying, is take a look at the ingredients that are in the food. Do your own research. If you want to go raw, make your own meals (sometimes my dogs eat better than I do), or do subtle changes in brands that is up to you. The first step is understand that the ingredients are affecting your dogs behavior whether it is hyperactive or fear related. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.