how to deal with a 'hyper' dog
Food allergies can occasionally manifest in bizarre behaviors and some sensitive dogs may react to artificial additives. It is therefore sensible to review the diet of a dog with behavioral problems and avoid foods that contain the common dietary allergens and/or artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives.
One of the most common pet food myths or misconceptions is that foods high in protein cause hyperactivity in dogs. In fact, we are frequently asked whether we manufacture a low protein diet, by customers believing that high protein foods cause hyperactivity. Hyperactivity in dogs has numerous potential motivators but a link between high levels of good quality, highly digestible protein in a dog’s diet and true hyperactivity has not been proven.
Your vet may suggest a lower protein diet – such as Arden Grange light ;- if your dog has been prescribed a tryptophan supplement (because certain other amino acids compete with tryptophan to cross the blood brain barrier). However, for most dogs, it is not normally necessary to reduce protein. Look for diets with plenty of “brain food” – Arden Grange adult salmon & rice for example has a higher level of Omega-3 EPA and DHA, and also more tryptophan (a precursor of serotonin – your dog’s happy hormone). All of the Arden Grange products are designed to promote stable blood sugar levels and slow, steady energy release throughout the day.
A dog with a particularly voracious appetite may also engage in unwanted behaviors. Read our tips on how to keep your dog’s hunger at bay here.
So, if you have chosen a high quality, nutritionally balanced diet for your pet, have established a beneficial exercise and feeding routine (which further helps promote stable blood sugar and good serotonin levels), consider consulting a qualified behaviorist before assuming that food is the cause for your zany best friend.
Sometimes medical problems can result in unusual behavior so do seek veterinary advice if you see a sudden change in your dog.