Can Protein Levels Affect Your Dog’s Behaviour?

In short, yes! We all know how we feel after eating junk for a few days. If you’re anything like me, it will be lethargic, sluggish, and unmotivated!

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Aside from the obvious health problems that would ensue if you were to keep it up, you’d be hard-pressed to get anything worthwhile while awake.

It’s the same with our pets. A poor diet can undoubtedly lead to behavioural problems and obesity, and other diet-related diseases we ourselves suffer from.

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Equally, feeding a lower protein diet than usual can help calm a dog that tends towards hyperactivity or anxiety. While many off-the-shelf dog foods contain between 20% – 24% protein (which is pretty high), switching to a diet containing between 14% and 17% protein should help see a big difference in behaviour.

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