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Your dogs food can affect his behaviour

As a dog trainer I often see an association between food and behaviour and sometimes all you have to do to sort out a behaviour problem like hyper activity, excessive nipping and jumping is to change the dogs diet to something cleaner, without additives, colorants and preservatives. Much like children who's ADHD get worse by the bad food they eat.

My top tip for good wholesome food is Naturediet (wet food) or Burns (dry). I've had my dog on Naturediet since he was a puppy and most of my day dogs and boarding dogs are fed Naturediet and it is astonishing how healthy they are. Neither Naturediet nor Burns test their food on animals, something that Eukanuba, Iams, Hills and many more brands do. You can find out more on www.uncaged.co.uk/petfood.htm.

Please also read what my Swedish dog training colleagues have experienced with Eukanuba and Iams.

Dog Food Experiences:
Could I please ask that those of you who have changed your dogs diet, email me with details on any changes you saw in your dog after the change over to the new food.

I would like to hear stories about all foods, regardless of quality. Did they stop humping everything in sight? Did the flatulence problem in your home stop after the change in diet? Did their fur come up nice and shiny? Did their eyes stop weeping? Did the scratching seem to go away? Did the dandruff disappear? Did they get a better attention span and seem less hyper after the change in diet?

Be aware that if you are about to change your dogs diet, you need to do it gradually. You should be planning for between 1-2 weeks of slowly increasing the new food and decreasing the old food.

Please Note! This is just a noticeboard for you to communicate with other dog owners, it is not a forum for you to get advice on your dogs physical health in regards to food. That should be discussed with your vet.

If your dog regularly has loose stools and/or seems lethargic, you need to take him/her to a vet! Constant diarrhea can cause dehydration and that is very dangerous for your dog, so please make sure you consult a vet.

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Noticeboard for your dog food stories (I'm not taking any new food stories now, too many came in!):

Terrier X, 1 year, male
When i collected Taz from the animal care trust i kept him on the same diet as he was on which was Hills Science Plan. After meeting Caroline i swapped him to the Burns diet. People have commented on how shiny his coat is now and how well he looks. I swapped him to the Burns diet about 6 weeks after i had adopted him and it was 6 weeks after I had changed his diet that his coat changed. He had always been a touch scurfy, now he gleams with health. Ii was also shocked to discover how much sugar there was in some of the tinned food that i had given him so now he gets a bit of the NatureDiet mixed in with his Burns which he loves.

Labrador, 1 year, male
When we first attended puppy classes Jake was being fed on 'Purina Beta'. To say he was excitable would be an understatement. Caroline recommended we change his food to Burns, within two weeks we had noticed the difference. He is obviously still excitable but it is a manageable and enjoyable excitement now.

Siberian Husky/GSD X puppy, male
We originally had our pup on James Wellbeloved dry kibble purely because that was the food the breeder had been feeding him. We intended to put him on the BARF diet (Bones and Raw Food) but found it difficult to get recipes and detailed information. We then found the NatureDiet! This food is fantastic, he now enjoys his meal times whereas he just used to pick at the kibble. His coat is now clean and shiny, it used to be dull and he had quite dry skin in his back.
For treats he has raw chicken wings or leg which we subsidise his NatureDiet for, and tomatoes, carrots, cucumber and nature food chicken chunks. He seems much happier in himself and seems to be able to concentrate for that little bit longer! NatureDiet is highly recommended!

German Wirehaired Pointer puppy, male
Our puppy was originally on Eukanuba puppy food up until 13 weeks - from the age of 8 weeks there was definately an issue/problem with him humping everything in sight! Which was highlighted at the first puppy training class - He was then switched to Burns Minibites on Caroline's recommendation and his amorous antics stopped within a week!
Our 3 year old Dachshund has been on Bakers complete since 12 weeks old, following Silas changing to the Burns diet, I swapped to Burns as well mixed occasionally with NatureDiet. He's currently on the lamb flavour (which he doesn't like at all - and tends to go on hunger strike - and then nick Silas's puppy food!) but was previously on the venison flavour - he's been on it about 2 months - he now molts less, his coat is much silkier, and previously was quite scurfy with lumps under the skin on ears etc - these have all gone. He also seems much calmer in himself on the Burns diet. Our pointer puppy does still have a problem with flatulence but I think its just him irrespective of what food he's on!

Black Labrador, female
The only food story we have was when she was a pup and came to us fed on Pedigree. She had constant runs and vomiting for months and ended up on a drip overnight at the vet. I contacted Oscars pet food who advised us that they thought perhaps she had a gluten allergy. We changed her onto Oscars and then Burns or Nutro and she has been fine ever since. Wish we had not had to spend that much time and money on blood tests when it was all in the food.

Cavalier King Charles puppy, female
My puppy became very sick on Eukanuba and Iams - even though the 'breeder' said she had been fed this previously. Which I doubt, of course!! I took her to the vet who said that no puppy her age should be on this food, it was far too strong for her. Now, of course I wouldn't give it to her anyway!! Since she started on the Burns food she hasn't looked back!! Her coat is glossy, her eyes don't run and she is far more placid than she was.

Utonagan puppy, male
We were advised by the breeder to feed our puppy on Beta Puppy and then BARF (Bones and Raw Food) from age 3-4 months. We did feed Beta Puppy solely for the first week he was with us (aged 7 - 8 weeks) then started to introduce home cooked food. Eventually, up to the age of three months) he was having two Beta Puppy meals and two home cooked (typically brown rice (occasionally mashed potato), meat - chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, rabbit, offal, fish (sardines, salmon, white fish) or egg, assorted veggies (spinach, carrot, broccoli, peppers etc.), fruit (he loves apple and banana), a tiny amount of cod liver oil and bone meal) and finally just one Beta Puppy and three home cooked meals, sometimes substituted for a NatureDiet. We decided not to feed BARF as we were worried about raw bones and ensuring his diet was nutritionally sound, although I have managed to get hold of the odd marrow bone, which he loved. We have also given him filled bones and smoked bones, although I am now concerned about smoked bones splintering so have stopped these.

Our puppy can be a bit manic. He seems to have boundless energy and used to mouth/bite a lot, and my hands were permanently scabby. He still mouths a little but has developed good bite inhibition with training and age and doesn't draw blood anymore. He also used to hump his toys, me, husband, etc. With Beta Puppy he did seem to need the toilet a lot - sometimes 5 times a day and he did suffer from flatulence. We changed his one kibble meal to Burns MiniBites and the toilets lessened but he still has his manic moments. The humping lessened, I think. Probably the flatulence too. Recently we ran out of Mini Bites so gave him James Wellbeloved as it was more easily accessible, and I think the humping has increased, as has his bowel movements and I have recently found myself blaming my husband for nasty niffs ;-) - it's really the puppy! I don't know if I could scientifically put this down to diet though. At 6 months we will be giving him Burns Adult food in the morning and a home cooked meal or NatureDiet in the evening.

For treats we give him home cooked liver cake, Nature's Menu treats, carrot, tomato, Burns Kelties, pigs ears, jerky and, sparingly, the odd crumb of Harvest grain toast (only because he looks so desperate for it when I am eating it). Rarely I give him cheese as I am worried about him coping with lactose. He has developed quite a taste for soya milk though but this is lactose free. I never give him chocolate, grapes, raisins or onions but I have occasionally added garlic to his food. Our puppy eats better than we do and my mum thinks I'm bonkers :-D What makes it worse is that as soon as he is off the lead he heads for the nearest pile of horse dung or cow pat and makes me think that I needn't bother cooking at all, ha ha ha.

I have noticed that our puppy calms down throughout the day. He is extremely lively and exuberant in the morning and early afternoon but a good long walk usually sorts him out and he sleeps ... and then wakes up refreshed and ready to play. He really does seem to have limitless energy and races around the house for ages if he can't go out. I'm not 100% sure if his diet has affected him that much. We did speak to the breeder and she assured us that he is typical of his breed - stubborn (and how!), lively, mischievous and she said he would calm down as he got older, as hers did.

Briards, 1 male, 1 female
Saw your comments about "food stories" and thought I would let you know that we have changed both our dogs to Arden Grange (Large Breed) as well as the NatureDiet. We were feeding them both on Burns Pet Food but decided to try a change as the female dog's skin wasn't great and rather than have 2 lots of food switched the male as well. Have to say it seems to have worked (so far). Initially Arden Grange's biscuits looked quite big and being fussy dogs we thought they wouldn't eat them. But they do and in fact they don't seem as fussy as with the Burns. The female's skin is definitely a lot better and they're both a lot better about eating their food. Of course they do have days where they don't eat everything or don't eat the morning meal, but eat the evening meal. But then again, they're not labradors! I think they're another company that doesn't do animal testing (or endorse it) www.ardengrange.com

Staffordshire Bull Terrier, 16 weeks, male
Had problems with pedigree and hill science diet he now eats trophy premiem puppy. Cant believe the difference in his coat. Motions are excellent. Even vet has commented on his condition.

Scottie dog, 2 years and 3 months, female
Hi my dog Mollie has just been diagonised as asthmatic shes been unwell for a while and been on meds for ner on 6 months I decided to alter her diet to Naturediet fish and lamd and the improvement is astonishing comments from my family about have bright and alert she is also how determined she is to be feed in the am and pm slot. A real find I must say and i have now ditched my usual brand and included the diet for my other two dogs one yorkshire terrier 9 years and one cocker spanial 6 months and they too seem very alert and enthused.

Collie, 4 years and 9 months, female
I have a rescue Collie who at 4 1/2 years old had two seizures and was diagnosed as having ideopathic epilepsy. A known trigger in some epileptic dogs and people is Rosemary oil (this is well documented) Burns say that their dog food is good for dogs with epilepsy. this is not true. My dog had seizures whilst on Burns and Kelties. Others have had the same. James Wellbeloved use Rosemary as a preservative in their fish variety and also their snacks. Their nutritionalists agreed that the oil was a trigger but they use a different part of the plant and it is less concentrated. They still advised that it be avoided with epileptic dogs.

GSD, 4 years, female & Toy Poodle, 6 years, female & Minature Poodle, 9 weeks, male
My GSD is greatly improved in condition; she is leaner, fitter and less nervous since I changed from Burns to a BARF diet. The toy poodle is also fitter and enjoys it much more. She would never eat dried food but eats every thing now even the veg. My pup has just had his first chicken wings today and devoured them with gusto. It's hard work but it is worth it.

Border Collie, 2 years, male
The best dog food I have found is Oscar's chicken and rice. The dogs coat came up nice and shiny, his eyes are now nice and bright and he has no more wind. This food also has a low feed rate and works out much cheaper than many well known brands. The best food I have found and the dog loves it.

Flat Coated Retriever, 14 weeks, male
We are having trouble with our puppy especially once he has eaten. I changed him to Naturediet after Pedigree Chum did not agree with him and he is much better. However when I mix it with Burns he turns quite aggressive. I was combining the Naturediet with Farm Foods HE from Holland which seemed to be the best combination. However I ran out because the supplier had run out of stock and I had to return to Burns with the Naturediet. He is now aggressive again. I know they say that Burns is brilliant but my experience is that it is not. The Farm Foods HE is guaranteed not to have any additives at all. including EC permitted antioxidants. I am now awaiting my next delivery of Farm Foods HE. It also does not contain any poultry which my puppy hates. I would not recommend Burns but that is only my experience. He is also always hungrier when fed on Burns.

Cavaljer King Charles Spaniel, 10 years, female
my dog has been fed on Arden Grange all her life until January this year when she was diagnosed to have mammary cancer. She is now on a diet of fresh organic raw chicken and liver, red peppers ,carrots, lettuce or cabbage, and raw egg yolk. Her coat is now beautiful .Her eyes are bright and she runs around like a puppy!

Toller (I assume this owner means a Duck Tolling Retriever), 2 years, female
When I collected her as a puppy I was given an Arden Grange puppy pack. Not knocking AG but I'd done some research previously and was convinced that too much protein early on can lead to joint problems as the dog grows (AG is a bit high in protein) - and I've seen this in another Toller who was overfed as a pup. Tollers are notoriously manic as pups, and I did find that there was a noticable improvement in behaviour when I changed to Burns - http://www.burns-pet-nutrition.co.uk/puppy.htm

Weimaraners, 2 years and 4 months, male and female
My weims, prone to sensitive tum are now on mixture of Naturediet with wholemeal mixer and raw meat and bones. I give them raw vegetables (whizzed in blender) and fruit daily. They get raw eggs and eat just about anything. I experienced a lot of problems with Burns, James Wellbeloved although I would say nutrionally they are the best. Most others are full of chemicals, meat derivatives which means anything and everything off the slaughterhouse floor - including the sawdust!!! Both pooches do well on this and I would feed raw 100% of the time but when I am not there my husband and son just phone to ask what they have to get - that\'s where Naturediet is great. Nearest to homemade and no rubbish in it.


Scottish Terrier, 18 months, female
Poppy, my Scottie used to be very hyper, yes she did have flatulence, and scratched quite alot but since she has been on Oscar maintenance food for the past four months no problems and her coat is beautiful black and shiny, I changed gradually over a period of three weeks from Pro-Plan which was very high in protein.

Border Collie X , 18 months, male
Dusty was a rescue dog and a "typical" collie full of energy. He was very thin and malnourished when we got him 6 mths ago and we have been feeding him up. Last week he was in kennels and when he came back he seemed ever so hyper.more than usual. Normally fed on a mix of wet food - chappie/pal/store brands etc. This week we bought some Wellbeloved dry food, for puppies ie no additives etc (to be honest we bought it because of 20% extra offer) Overnight it was like having a different dog - instead of bouncing around at 6am saying
"i'm ready to go" he slept in until 8 am and seemed totally more relaxed. It can't purely be co-incidence surely?.

West Highland Terrier, 14 weeks, male
my puppy started on Burns dry food and had horrendous sloppy poo - totally liquid was sleepy and quite grumpy - my vet advised we changed to Hills which we did gradually within 3 days his poo had firmed and he was a much happier dog - remember this dog had not had a solid poo for 5 WEEKS before hills.

Alsatian (German Shepherd Dog), 5 months, female
Just over a week ago i changed my dogs food from Winalot to Iams junior,on instructions from my vet. It must be the worst thing i could have done. Her behaviour has deteriated rapidly, soon as shes eaten she goes absoluty bonkers, jumping, snapping, biting, totaly out of control. Also she seems to think that my front room is a toilet. Also she is now drinkin between 6/7 bowls of water a day.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 6 months, male
My dog had been on Bakers puppy food since I had him at 12 weeks as this was what he was fed I kept it up. I found it very hard to house train him as he was going to poo about 7 or 8 times a day and his stools were very runny. Also his eyes were runny and he was hyper active. Every time I would leave him he would have an accident in my kitchen and would poo about 3 times overnight. Since I have changed to Burns mini bites, he is like a different dog. He now goes to toilet about 3 times in a day and has been clean overnight, his eyes are not so runny and seems a much happier puppy. If only I had changed sooner.

Siberian Husky , 3 months, male
I first had my puppy on Bakers as it was what the breeder fed him, but after research i realised this was the worse food to give. So i put him on a BARF DIET and saw differences straight away. He wasnt hyperactive after food and he is more alert. his body and coat seem thicker and alot better quality. I would recomend putting dogs on a BARF diet. recipes are hard to come by, buts its common sense really, just give them a balanced diet. however yesterday i went to the vets and i fell for the age old story of how vets know best and i ended up buying Hills science plan. well i will continue giving a barf diet wid one meal per day of the Hills food. I would like to say that each dog is different as i have learned and you must go by your own dogs needs.

Labrador , 3 years, male
I had a dog with chronic ear problems which vets were unable to solve, I changed to Burns dog food and Wafcol salmon and potato, and my dog has touch wood not had any reacurrent ear problems upset stomach, or been hyper or bad coat since.

Springer Spaniel , 11 weeks, male
After reading what people had wrote here, and the fact that I felt my dog (11 week old puppy) was piling on the weight a little too quickly as well as bad flatulence and a hyper activity (I think that is more to do with being a springer spaniel) I decided to change from Eukanuba to Burns, I have found that he is now not a porker!! The flatulence has decreased, his poo was always pretty solid but he is definately not doing it as often during the day. When he is old enough I will move him onto the Adult Burns.

Cocker Spaniel , 6 months, male
I have two cocker spaniel pups, 13 days apart and have the same dad. I was feeding them on JWB Puppy and Naturediet Puppy, up to four weeks ago. Everytime we went to training my youngest spaniel had a loose tummy in the class. I was advised to change their food, by the trainer, to JWB Senior/light and to use Chappie Wet Food. Seems to have done the job on both pups.
Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: It sounds to me like your puppy gets nervous when he arrives at the training class. That can result in a dodgy tummy. If that is the main time you notice he has a loose tummy, then that is a likely explanation. I would address this by building up his confidence in class, around class. Make sure you protect him well and don't let other dogs up to him, when he's restrained on lead. Don't be soppy with him, but even more importantly don't be sharp or dominant with him. Make it light and fun! I would also bet you that it isn't the JWB Senior/Light that has done the trick for him, but the Chappie. Chappie might not be the best dog food on the planet, but it does seem to glue the stomach content together in dogs with sensitive tummies. Works especially well with Spaniels. We used it all the time at Battersea Dogs Home, when the dogs got really bad tummies. If I were you, I'd only give them Chappie.

French Bulldog , 7 years, female
My French Bulldog has had terrible skin allergies since I got her. She would itch her sides and stomach so much that her nipples would bleed. The vet put her on Eukanuba Fish and Potato and a antihistamine/steroriod on and off for 2 years. I tried bathing her in sulfer based shampoos and other allergy type shampoos / sprays and conditioners. Finally, I changed her to Welness Core Ocean dry food. It took 3 months and she has overcome about 90% of her allergy problems.

Yorkshire Terrier , 12 weeks, female
We've had our new puppy for 4 weeks now, and have fed her on Bakers Complete Puppy food, that was recomended by the owner. We noticed that for the first couple of days she was a very lively normal friendly puppy. We then noticed something rather strange, as she began to get extreemly hyper shortly after each meal. As shes been growing, so has her food intake, so the hyper spells were getting way out of hand, we actually thought that perhaps she was mentally impaired in some way. However, these bursts of hyper, are ONLY after food, and for about an hour or so after. She then reverts to the most docile, loving and friendly dog. We decided to do some research on the food, and saw that many forums are strongly discouraging owners from using this product. Needless to say, first thing in the morning, I'll be binning the Bakers, and replacing it with something without all the colourings and additives. I shall keep you informed of any changes to her behaviour on the new food.

Alaskan Malamute , 4 years & 4 weeks, male & female
My adults have always had BARF diet (bones and raw food) with mashed raw or cooked veg. Never had a problem with diarrhoea, my bitch with 8 pups is in tip top condition and the pups have been weaned on the same since 3 weeks old. I wouldn'd dream of giving them canned food, too many nasty additives and much waste in their poo. Lovely solid poo's from my adults and the pups. Hopefully their new owners will continue with this diet especilly if they want to keep their bowels healthy.

Beagle X, 2 years, female
I have always fed my dogs Nutro Chicken Meal, Rice, and Oatmeal Formula, but recently switched to Benefuls Dog Food. Both of my dogs have suddenly developed horrible skin allergies, and Lilly has become quite aggressive over the past few weeks. I have just now realized it's the food causing both problems, so I'm switching back to the more expensive, but better for them Nutro.

Lab, 5 months, male
We was advised by my dog trainer that we would have great results swapping our pup to Burns, after a debate about how he was doing great on Beta and the cost difference my husband and i did some sums and it actually worked out cheaper to feed him the Burns. Based on my trainers advice and that we could afford a better plan we decided to wean dylan on to Burns. he loved it and is doing great. everyone keeos commenting on how chocolate Labs are mad etc etc but Dylan is a well behaved, non
'hyper' puppy who loves to please us.He does have mad five minutes but this is expected. Dont get me wrong, we spend such a lot of time with him training but we are aware that the hard work pays off in the long run for ourselves and the dog!! He has a great coat, really shiny and i dont think we had one episode of diarrhoea. One thing i did notice and i do prefer, is that as Burns food is more compact he did not need such a high quantity, there fore he did not look bloated after some meals. At the end of the day i am a firm believer that we should give our dogs the best we can afford, but i think the budget should stop at a half decent level and not the supermarket specials etc . .our dogs are just like babies needing the best start possible!!

Border Collie, 8 months, male
When I got Buddy from the breeder she had him on Bakers Puppy sent him absolutely loopy, went mad bouncing off the walls. Took him to the vet who said that the additives were to blame and advised we fed him Wagg puppy he loves it his coats fabulous but hes always hungry always looking for more food. Im moving him onto Naturediet next week as thats what I feed my 14 year old wolfhound cross and hes thrived on it.

Labrador and Boxer , mixed ages, male and female
Distressed because all my dogs now eat poo (not their own but anybody elses). They are all on Burns with a little Naturediet to give them interest (not that they need to be coaxed to eat!). Trainer suggested change food to Techni Cal as she had experience of Labs changing to Burns had started eating poo suggesting that they are not getting enough vital ingredients to stop them being hungry. Reluctant to change as Labs coats are really shiny and they look extremely healthy. Also Boxers prone to rumbling tummies/suspect digestion. Any thoughts.

Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: Boxers are well known for tummy trouble, so if they have good solid poohs on the Burns and they seem healthy with good coats, I wouldn't risk changing their diet. I know a lot of dogs (many of them Labs) on Burns and I've never heard of an issue with eating pooh. Usually eating their own pooh is a sign that they can't take up all the nutrients in the diet, which I find difficult to believe would be the case with Burns, as it is such a good quality food. It can also become a learned behaviour, especially if you make a big fuss when you see them eating pooh. It then becomes a game, where they try to get to the poohs first, since you obvioulsy find the poohs very valuable yourself! Try to distract them with a titbit or toy when they have gone to the toilet, and only go out and clear up after them, once you've put them away, so they can't see what you are doing. I will admit that it is weird that all your dogs have started eating their own poohs though...
Thanks for response. However, think wires crossed somehow. My dogs DO NOT EAT THEIR OWN POO - they just eat other dogs poo that obviously appeals to them. It would be so much easier if they ate their own as you could get to them iin time to pick it up etc. I always pick up my dogs poo for obvious legal reasons but also because it is helpful to assess health from this. The elder Labrador is obsessed with eating anything, particularly on beach i.e. those sponge-like things. However, if he is in my sight I can control him by yelling DROP IT and he obliges. It just makes me look like a screaming fish-wife!!!! I agree with you that it would be a shame to change from Burns as it they look very healthy on it. Elder lab wears a spray collar but I never use it other than to bleep him. I guess it is a hard thing to break in dogs who constantly like to have food in their mouths. Any other thoughts from yourself or others most gratefully received. As you can imagine you need eyes in the back front and sides to keep an eye on three devious poo eating dogs!!!!

Choc Lab, 9 weeks, male
feeding me puppy on beta puppy which the breeder recommended he is suffering terrible with loose stools even crying during the night to go out please as anyone any advice

Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: Please bring your puppy to the vet for a check up. If she has constant loose stools she is likely to be dehydrated, so it is important you have a vet look at her! They will most likely suggest you change her diet, although they are likely to put her on Hills Sience Plan food, as most vets sell that. I'm not a fan of Hills Sience Plan, but it is better than Beta Puppy. Personally I would gently wean her onto Naturediet (wet food and my first choice) or Burns (dry food) instead. Until you've had a chance to see your vet (you should go tomorrow), stop giving her the puppy food and instead give her some well boiled rice (you should use twice the amount of water to what it says on the instructions and boil it for at least as long, until it looks more like a porridge than rice). Obviously make sure the rice has cooled down a bit before you give it to your puppy. I hope your puppy will be better soon. Get him to the vet ASAP though.

Working Cocker Spaniel, 7 months, male
When we got our puppy at 8 weeks old he was on burns mini bites. He stopped eating these so we tried Royal Canin skin and digest which he loved for a while. He has now gone off this, so after numerous phone calls to vet, pet shop and trawling internet we have decide to try him on Naturediet mixed with dry food. We will be starting this today so hopefully this will work. Fingers crossed.

Parson Jack Russell Terrier, 2 years, male
My terrier Joker has always had a sensitive stomach and problems with skin conditions etc. I've tried every brand available to see if there was one that was suitable, and have found some surprising results.  As far as I'm aware, I'm the only person who has experienced a worsening of aggression/hyper-energy in a dog since trying him on Burns foods.  I have no idea why this would be, but the difference is quite remarkable.  James Wellbeloved is the only commercial brand I've found so far that doesn't upset his stomach, cause skin irritations etc., and doesn't turn him into a hyperactive maniac.  Unfortunately he doesn't seem to like it much.  Lately I've started making my own dog food, using rice and small amounts of boiled chicken, and add a bit of James Wellbeloved to bump it up a bit.  This seems to be working fine.  The condition of his coat has improved 100% and runny "toilets" are decreasing too.  I'm just so surprised of the effect Burns had on him - I tried it a couple of times to make sure, and every time the same thing. Hope this info is of use.

Weimeraner/Vizla X , 14 months, males
Since we had the boys we have had them on James Wellbeloved (JWB) from puppy to junior, on the packs advice we have now put them on adult and the result has been startling.  We now have two aggresive dogs, with each other and with dogs that they have previously played with happily. One of the dogs is now humping everything in site and has even tried with myself and my grandmother.  They are constantly growling and grumbling and appear constantly hungry.  On the puppy and junior they have been lovely, docile and attentive and looking very helathy although one has always suffered with a delicate tummy.  After reading this site we will be looking to move them over to Burns and see how we go. I spoke to my vets office and they did not think that food would be responsible for behaviour problems!!!  very odd. I shall let you know how we get on.

German Shepherds, various ages, male and female
My first GSD had a skin problem due to an allergy. Recommended to change his diet to Quantum and he was great after that. Have a second GSD and a 3rd on the way and will stick to Quantum. Better food resulted in better poos to clear up - they were solid!!!

Siberian Husky's, 8 & 16 weeks, male and female
When we first got our female Sapphire she was on Purnia Puppy Chow and I asked the Vet and he recommended the same thing. But when she got around 11wks old she stopped eating it regularily and only picked at it. About this same time we got our second Sibe puupy Spirit and he's all boy. Well, this little guy was sick from the very beginning, he had a very bad case of worms unknown to us and wouldn't eat anything. I thought it might be due to the fact that he was just over 5 wks old, so I started feeding him a weaning formula, he started to improve but the worms got worse and we finially figured out that was what it was and got him to the vet at a little over 6wks old. By that time, both weren't eating any commerical dog kibble and I found myself making homemade chicken & rice for them. I did a lot of research on the net and found what the Siberian Husky nutritional requirements are. So, I'm now feeding them both Blue Buffalo Puppy Lamb & Rice along with homemade Chicken & Rice, this way they get multiple meat sources and all their nutritional requirements. They are doing great and overall health has vastly improved. I keep trying to wean them off homemade and on to just BB, but I guess their are spoiled brats now and won't eat anything unless its spiked with homemade.

Alaskan Malamute, 18 months, male
Our dog Phoenix is a big softy, but is rather dog aggressive. I'm aware it's a breed trate, that wasn't helped by him getting attacked by 3 seperate alsations in about 1 week when he was only 6 months old. However his behaviour in general, and particular the aggression towards other dogs was far worse before we became strict with his diet. We changed to BURNS and things seemed to improve, but there were still times when he would be hyper, and particularly dog aggressive. We cut out all the dog treats and any of the human scraps that he was getting and the behaviour became much better. There was still the odd day tho when he would still act daft. Eventually we linked this to the neighbour throwing a treat to our dog over the fence when he was doing the same with his dogs. It was amazing how quickly he could be affected by eating even treats meant for dogs. I'd seen the neighbour throw a treat over the fence and within 5 or 10 minutes, he'd be running around like a lunatic, growling at anything and everything, even tho we'd just got back from a nice long walk that had tired him out, and that he'd been well behaved on. Since we told the neighbour about the problem, Phoenix, our malamute has been great. Until today that is.... I got back from possibly the worst walk with him I've ever had,as he was growling at things and dogs, and pulling alot, and jumping up at everything. I couldn't work out what had caused this at all. Then after about an hour of trying to work it out, my wife happened to mention that he had been upstairs about 30 mins before I walked him. (He doesn't usually go upstairs), I imediately went upstairs and checked the two cat's dish's. Both were spotless despite the fact that the cats had left their dishes nearly full and then gone out and been out for the last few hours. It didn't take a detective to work out what had happened. All the above has proved to me the effect that food can have on dogs. It isn't a suprise really when there is so much evidence to suggest that the same applies with children, especially with ADHD. I just thought I'd tell you our story as it is such compelling evidence in our opinion.

Labrador, 14 years (RIP), male
We trained our dog Oliver for Guide dogs for the blind when i was younger, but when he turned 1 and was about to go to his Blind owner after passing he had an epileptic fit and couldnt work. Vets tryed every type of medication they could and he continued to have fits up to 10 a day, vets told us his Epilepsy was so bad he probably wouldnt live to be old due to the fits weakening his heart. My mum tried changing about with his diet and cut out all additives, colourings, preseratives and wet food. She put him on Gilpa Value Mix which had no added bits in it just simply dry and plain. Oliver wasnt keen at first but still ate it just didnt woolf it down like he did with the meats (which is good in its self). After 2 weeks on it he had not had a fit so the vet agreed to lower his medication and after a few months he came off the medication altogether. He was brighter and calmer all round. He went from up to 10 a day to 1 a year if that. we knew it was the food because every time he ate meat or colourings he would have a fit (normaly when i had sneeked him a sasuage off my plate you know what kids are like). He went on to live till he was 14 proving vets wrong

Boxers, 5 and 2 years, female
My Boxer dog went to live with my son at age 4. My son has a boxer dog age 2. The two of them got along very well. They were being fed Pedigree dry dog food. They were changed to Loyal dog food. A short time after that they began exhibiting extremely aggressive behavior towards each other. At this point they fight all of the time as bad as drawing blood cotinually. I am really confused as they were both very loving dogs. Not so any more. Anyone had this kind of experience?

Keeshond, 4 years, female
My wife and I adpoted a 3 year old Keeshond and from the start she was trouble. After a year and a half of trying to calm her down we didn't know what to do, she was just so hyper all the time she was three times as much work as our other dog. As a last resort we took her off kibble and started feeding her home made food. Within a week she started to calm down and now, a month later, she is a whole new dog. Calm, focused, even stopped pulling the leash on walks. I wish I had filmed her before and after so other pet owners could see just how big of a difference a change in diet made.

Terrier x Beagle, 1.5 years, female
Diasy has been very itchy lately and the vet suggested trying a different type of protein to see if that helped. We had been feeding her Science diet small breed. We gradually changed her over to an Iams lamb and rice. Ever since she has been fully on the Iams, she has been VERY naughty. Prior to the switch, she had been weaned off her kennel and was very well behaved when we were out of the house. Lately, she has been chewing things up and destroying things every day. We will definitely be switching back!

Mastiff, 4 years, female
Our Mastiff was having a lot of problems with her bottom smelling terribly. We took her to the vet, tried numerous meds, nothing worked. Her smell was so bad we had to put her in the basement, which was very upsetting for her. We tried Blue dog food on her and it totally went away. Also, we have a new puppy, Lhasa Apso, 8 weeks, who was on Purina Puppy Chow, we switched her to Eukenuba puppy. She became so aggressive and mean, litterally attacking us and biting us. I switched her back and within days her behavior started to go back to the sweet puppy we had just gotten.

Mongrel, 12 years, female
Hi this is my experience with Hills Science Prescription, since my dog got an ear infection, which cause her lost of hearing, the vet advise me to start with a trial of elimination of foods to see if she was allergic, he recommended me to start with Hill's prescription diet D/D for 2 months, her ear infection stopped but she start to developed hyperactivity condition, she became very playful, her behaviour towards others dogs improve a lot. Last week i run out of food, for 5 days she became sick, she was vomiting, shivering, stop being playful, she got fever, she didn't want to go for a walk and i soon that i got again the food she started to behave as before. Does anyone have similar experience? Could it be that the food has an addictive ingredient?

Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: I would suggest you talk to your vet to find out what could cause the behaviours she's displayed and also if the food can be addictive. It sounds similar to what I experienced/learned at the first rescue center I worked in, back in Sweden. We would feed any nervous or very skinny dog on Eukanuba for up to a year (any longer and they seemed to get addicted). My boss at the centre said that there were steroids in the Eukanuba (it is an American product and in America they apparently use meat from animals that have been on steroids in their food production both for pets and humans. That is not legal in the UK) and that helped the dogs build up strength and confidence. Whether this is true or not, it really did seem to work.

Collie, 16 weeks, female
We were given no information at all from the rescue centre when we collected our 10 week-old puppy - get any puppy food and follow the instruction!! We went for Pedigree Chum. She was completely manic, bit us and our clothes, chased her tail and never ever lay down to sleep unless we put he in her crate and shut the door. We changed her onto Burns over a 10 day period and can already see that she is calmer. She has stopped chasing her tail altogether and sometimes lies down without having to be crated. She still nips when she gets tired, but seems to have more control and our wrists [and the back of my leg] are recovering. No fresh scabs now. I wish we had known from the start.

Labrador, 3 months, male
Ulf eats anything in sight rabbit poo, wine bottle tops, jelly babies stuck on pavements etc but the breeder had him on beta puppy and he has all the signs mentioned already (no humping tho') he mouths, he pees all the time, he is hyper and he scratches a lot. i am changing him to the two foods mentioned to see how this goes.

Bichon Frise, 7 months, female
We got our puppy at 8 weeks and was fed on Bakers wet puppy food. She was very small but perfectly healthy. Our vet recommended Royal Canin and she has been on that since and has been doing very well except that she has red tear staining and a pink 'beard'. We're pretty diligent about keeping her clean and groomed. She has a beautiful temerament and is an adaptable little thing. I want to change her food now as the Royal Canin has beet pulp which i hear can cause the staining. She won't eat JWB. I was think of Orijen dry or Naturediet to see if we could improve the appearance of her face. Neither of these foods are available locally so I don't want to make a mistake.Is dry not better for her dental health? Any suggestions very appreciated.

Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: Royal Canin is a food I knew well when I still lived in Sweden and it was generally seen as a pretty mediocre food. I haven't had much experience of it in the UK since I moved here (13 years ago), but a UK dog trainer friend says it is a pretty bad food choice here as well. Having said that, I don't think the food is the culprit in your scenario. Bichon Frise and a lot of other small breed dogs, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are prone to get red staining. I very much doubt that the small amounts of beet pulp that is used in the food will atually cause the staining to get worse than what is normal for the breed. Keeping her tidy and her eyes clean, is probably the best solution. You might also want to contact a few groomers and see what they've got to say about the staining and what can be done for it. They would be more likely to know than a dog trainer, I would think. In terms of dry food vs wet food, I think wet food is more natural for the dogs and I would get them used to eating a raw carrot every day, or getting their teeth brushed, from a young age, rather than give dry food. But that is my personal opinion.

Kerry Blue Terrier, 16 months, female
She has been on Select Gold since we got her and was fine, but since introducing the adult food her belly rumbles and shes sick. Can you suggest a good food. My last Kerry was on the prescription Science diet.

Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: I have had my dog on Naturediet for years and most of my day dogs and boarding dogs are on that too and they are all very healthy. If you prefer dry food, my top recommendations would be Burns or Arden Grange or Wafcol.

Golden Retriever and Springer Spaniel, 4 and 3 years, male and female
With my golden, when he arrived with us @ 10 weeks hed been weaned on Nutro puppy, but he nipped a lot, had very dry skin which a pupp shouldn't have. We kept him on for abt a 9 mnths in case it ws just a puppy thing. Then he started dog training every week, and they used Burns as treats during training, he seemed to love it. Then we decided to try him on burns perm, he is now nrly 4.5 yrs old, he is the healthiest, shiniest, happiest, dog on the planet. His poo is excellent quality, never has upset stomachs (unless eats to much horse poo from stable) not itchy, dry, scaley sore patches and a lot less wind!! If you know anything about retrievers its a well known fact, they are prone to dry sore skin and sensitive tummy issues. Not so my boy he's fabulous, without an ounce of excess fat on him, and he eats 3 times a day. As for my English springer, we struggled with her for a while we tried her with every type of food available, but went off them very quickly. She was constantly sick after eating, diarrohea regularly, perilously thin. Very lack lustre and horribly dry fur. Then we put her on burns and have never looked back, she put a little weight on but still a lean dog, but vets checked her and said she's absolutely the perfect weight, we've had no bad tums since, her eyes sparkle and she's wonderful. The vets said they haven't seen to "such healthy dogs in a long long time" They get sick of seeing overweight dogs, why don't people realise there slowly but surely killing there dogs!!! If in doubt, give Burns a try for @ lest 6 months its wonderful food. ..

Golden Retriever, 2 years, male
I collected my dog Ash from the breeder when he was 7 weeks old, he was being fed a mixture of nature diet, James wellbeloved and beta by the breeder. We followed the instruction she gave and continued him on this diet slowly weening him off the nature diet as he got older. when he was approximately 5 months old he started biting people. The incidents only occured when someone approached him after he had 'hunted' or stolen some food. He wasnt aggressive over his meals, they could be taken off him easily as he was eating, but if he had hunted it he would protect it. Fortunately we had no small children in the house so were able to live with the occasional bite while we tried to train him out of it. we had hoped it was only due to his age and training so he would grow out of it. Between the bites he was the most loving wonderful puppy anyone could ask for. One day i noticed he was eating plants both flowers and leaves. The thought occured to me that there may be something lacking in his diet causing him to need to eat plants. we contacted his trainer who recommended some herbal mixture to add to his food. this stopped him eating the plants but didn't help with his aggression. We then tried switching him to the burns dried food. Again the food aggression remained. As he is a golden retriever he will steal anything that even smells of food. he is also incredibly cunning and easily outwits us (embarrassing but true) so he rapidly started to put on weight. one of our previous golden retrievers had digestive problems so was fed on a strict diet of Chappie (very cheap smells awful!). Chappie kept him alive for 5 years after the vets had given up hope of his survival. So, due to our previous experience with chappie we decided to give it to Ash instead of the Burns. Over the space of two weeks he became a different dog. The aggression completely dissapeared! As Chappie stinks i looked to see if they made a dried food. It took two meals with the dried food and the aggression was back. I have the scars to prove it! We concluded that there must be an additive in dried food that he is allergic to. we were recommended Nature diet by a fellow golden retriever owner who also had a fat dog, this dog had lost loads of weight! so we gave it a try. Ash is still chunky and steals food whenever he can but we no longer need to worry about taking stolen food off him, he no longer bites or snaps at us if we try to. He is now the lovely affable dog he was between the bites, all the time. I hadnt seen any other reports of dogs becoming violent due to their food until reading a report on this website. i worry that other dogs have been put down or have seriously injured someone all because they are allergic to their food. The only way we were able to work out the problem was because we dont have any small children, if we had he would have been put down after the second bite and we would have missed out on a wonderful dog and member of the family. if you or a friend have an aggressive dog (which hasnt been abused or has nervous problems) and are able to, please try changing their diet before you have it put down. it may just work and save a life.

Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: I just want to point out that the most likely reason for aggression when your dog has 'hunted' for some food, for example a dead rabbit found on your walks, is an inate reaction to the owner going into conflict with the dog. Most owners will start shouting at the dog, walking towards them, trying to forcefully remove the dead rabbit from their dog. If you do that, I'm not surprised your dog will growl and snarl at you and still carry on eating the dead rabbit! You are better off showing your dog that you have no interest in that dead rabbit, by walking away (creating more distance between you and your dog), chucking some treats towards him and using a friendly voice. If he does drop the dead rabbit, don't run up and grab it, keep walking away, or he'll know for next time, not to let go of the rabbit. If your dog has taken dead rabbits or other yucky items before, you might have to come to terms with the fact that your dog will eat the dead rabbit or yucky item for a few times, before they have learned to trust you and feel it is ok to leave the dead rabbit behind and come with you for your yummy treats instead. You do have to have really yummy treats though... chicken, ham, meatballs, mackrell, tripestick... anything juicy or smelly! In regards to this particular case, could your dog be reacting worse when he finds an item, when he's on dry food, simply because he's not as content and full, so the found item holds more value to him?

Labrador, 4 years, female
Coco is a chocolate lab who is the equivalent of an atopic redhead i.e. she'd have asthma and eczema if she was human. We tried a range of premium foods gradually introducing them into her diet until a full change but until we discovered Pero Labrador Life (which unfortunately we can only get online in our area) she frequently had rashes, runny stools and weeping eyes. We have not looked back since introducing Pero to her and her litter-mate (who is not sensitive). Colourants seem to be an issue too, "EU OK" or not. We won't be changing again unless she develops an intolerance to it. Both dogs are gleaming and look a pcture of health. For snacks, dried fish ("sea jerky") and Antos Cerea natural chews (crocodiles, hedgehogs etc) are also easily tolerated by her.

Labrador, 13 years, male
I have a very interesting story to tell about our golden lab "jester" we have had him since he was six weeks old, he was fed on chum puppy food for about 6 months, on recommendation from breeder. then we tried various brand name dog foods for a few years untill we settled upon chappie mainly cause it didnt intefere with his stomach,and it seemed to be healthy supposedly fish and rice , chicken etc, when jester was 4 years old he was up the garden one morning and suddenly ran and collapsed then started fitting. Well we took him to vets, who at first said keep an eye on him ,but then when he started to have them more frequently, they put him on phenobarbital, he has been on these right up untill a year and a half ago when he collapsed and could not walk, the vet said he had degenerative mylopothey of the spine and would become totally paralised within 5 months or so, we were advised it would be kinder to put jester to sleep, we could not do it , so we took him home and gradually over a 2 week period he started to recover , he regained the feeling in his feet and with our help would stand if we supported him, at the same time we took him off dog food and gave him fish , chicken veg, rice pasta and celtic sea salt, also took him to hydrotherapy, he just got stronger and stronger , he has had arthritis since age of 4 years to, I can now tell you he is not on any tablets for epilepsy or athritis and hasnt been since we weened him off them, so i think the one main contributing factor in jesters recovery was fresh healthy food NO DOG FOOD WILL EVER BE FED TO OUR DOG EVER AGAIN, all my dogs arthritic joints have gone down and he runs round like a 2 yr old, please email me if you want to know more forrestwest@talktalk.net thanks for reading i just want to tell as many people as i can.

Siberian Husky , 8 months, male
gave pedigree jumbone bites dog became terrified - nervous - jittery it's taken three days for him to settle down though behavior not quite back to normal yet, I wonder if anyone else has experience of this reaction with their husky?

Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: I very much doubt that this was a reaction to the treats. Sometimes it is hard to recognice the events that scare our dogs. They can react to such small things, tiny changes in their environment, that it can be completely missed by us. You also have to take into consideration the age of your puppy. He's right up in the middle of his hormonal development and it won't be long until he's going through his mental development phase and dogs can get really spooked by things they've been around all their life during this phase. The best thing you can do is sit down and try to go through what happened the day that your dog got scared. Did you have builders or a guest staying at the house that might have done something to upset your dog? Were there thunderstorms outside? Did someone shoot off some fireworks? Etc etc. Most of the time there is an environmental reason for our dogs fear.

Chihuahua, 4 months, male
After changing the dry food type (brand, size, texture...) the puppy started eating it in an enjoyable way, (all at once) that is the set portion and he was very happy with it. The daily amount is divided into three portions and put in his plate early morning, noon and early evening. Although he is still eating...he has lost interest with this new food. (I guess he is still eating because of hunger only). However what is worrying me is that he prefers to eat it if it is dropped on the floor rather from his plate. This is really becoming a problem. Any reason for this behavior? Thank you.

Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: He probably doesn't like his food bowl?! Why don't you take the food with you on walks and feed him for recall? You can scatter a few pebbles of the dry food on the ground for him to sniff out. It will give him a more natural way to eat his food and you get some fantastic recalls out of it too. Scattering the food over the lawn or in a field, will also give him a good search exercise, a natural mental stimulation for him.

Labrador, 8 years, female
I changed my dog to Eukanuba FP on a vets advice, she went from a calm happy dog to a real pain. She was changed in her digestion as well, wind, mucus in her poo. She was such an unhappy dog so now she's back on Hill's JD.

Border Collie , 10 weeks, female
Hi my collie has been getting pedigree puppy food and I am trying to change her onto purina winalot so I have he 2/3 pedigree and one third purina and she is now hyperactive and quite aggressive she gets it mixed with pedigree small bite mixer, she also ate half a choc chip cookie that my husband dropped on floor and we couldnt stop her, should I be concerned? her behaviour is quite scary.
Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: I'm not a great fan of Pedigree Pal, but Purina and Winalot rank even lower on my list of dog foods, so if you are going to change your puppy over on another food, I would suggest you find one that is better. Look at the ingredients list and avoid additives, preservatives, colourants, sugar and too high a protein level in the food. Good dry foods are Burns, Arden Grange, Wafcol, Fish4Dogs or Orijen. Good wet foods are Lilly's kitchen and Naturediet. I wouldn't worry about half a choc chip cookie, but I would make sure she can't get hold of any more. The poison in chocolate is accumulative in the dog, so for each time she gets chocolate, the level of poison in her body rises. Some dogs can cope with a lot of the poison, but some dogs can barely take a trace of it and there is no way of knowing which dog will react badly to it. Raisins and grapes also have accumulative poison in them (at least where dogs are concerned), so that is another food to keep away from her.

Beagle, 3 years, female
My pup came to me from the breeder with a bag of Pedigree chum. She was fine on it but I switched her to Burns mini bites immediately. She left the other dogs cold in the park when it came to speed and stamina (more to do with genetics than diet I expect). At around 9 months old I tried her on a raw diet. We started out half kibble and half raw. I think we continued with this for a couple of months and each week she became more and more lethargic and slow. People commented on it. Her self-esteem seemed to be dropping as she LOVED to be the fastest! Raw feeding experts recommended that we drop the kibble altogether and feed her all raw. We did this and her stamina and speed plummeted. We chickened out and put her onto Burns Active. She's been on this ever since and has thrived (as has our second dog). The normal burns food doesn't have quite enough fat/oil - my dogs are very active. So not really a behaviour thing but I have found that my dogs (both beagles) need a high carbohydrate content (at least 40%) in their diet to be at their best physically (i.e. speed and stamina). Perhaps if we weren't able to give them the exercise they need then high carbs might make them a bit hyper??

Boxer, 13 weeks, female
my 13 week old pup as been hyper ever since we got her at 8 weeks she is really hard to cope with sometimes nipping at feet and hands, pulling on clothes growling at shoes.we have recently had a dog trainer visit and her suggestions are not working at all.she has been on purina pro plan since we picked her up from the breeder,yesterday we went to buy some more and they didnt have the usual chicken and rice just pro plan for robust puppies.we bought it thinking that it would not be much different.yesterday and today have been a nightmare she was bad enough before but today she has been manic.i have just sourced a local stockist of burns and nature diet. anything is worth a try..

Aylestone Bull dog, 12 weeks, male
I have fed my pup on Bakers complete dry puppy food since we have had him, he was the biggest puppy in A litter of 10...When we first got him he was A joy but at the moment he is biting growling completely freaking out and runs into everything, he has lots of toys we try to play with him but he still gets nasty and bites us, he has torn our cloths slippers and whatever else he can get his teeth into, I even said to my husband he is ADHD but i'm finding it so frustrating as we got the puppy for our grandson as he was broken hearted when his dog died and he feels as though the puppy dont like him, my grandson lives with me and he is ADHD Aspergus and just will not go near the puppy. Can anybody help please is it the dog food... .

Springer Spaniel, 9 weeks, male
We had our puppy at 7 weeks and fed him Bakers puppy food, we noticed after every meal he was very hyper, and we found it difficult to calm him down, we changed his food two days ago to our local pet stores own brand which is natural with no colours in the food, and he has calmed right down, amazing what puppy food can do !!!!.

Labrador, 17 months, female
I had been feeding James Wellbeloved cereal free range but it got too expensive even though I like the results. I then changed my lab over to Skinners duck and rice but wasnt happy. She looked bloated and had so muscle definition. I then went onto a Raw diet and she LOVED it. The only thing that concerned me was that I wasnt getting the right % of everything she needed so one meal is raw and the other is Nature Diet. She now has very obvious muscle tone and looks lovely. The only downside is that she seems sooooo hyper now??? I have no idea why or where the extra energy has come from. She was happy with a 30-40 mins walk before but now a 60 min bike ride doesnt do anything for her..

Cocker Spaniel, 13 weeks, female
We obtained a free pedigree puppy food sample and fed it to our puppy... After eating this she started running, growling, non-stop nipping and did not sleep the whole day. At first I was skeptical and did not think dog food could do this but a couple of weeks later we tried it again and same results.. From now on we stick to either Natural choice or royal canine....

Boxer, 7 months, male
i have changed my pup from wainwrights large breed to eukanaba. i did this orginally as the pup was hyper and someone mentioned it could be to much protein but since the change in food he is sleeping all day its the only thing that has changed so can only be his food im a bit worried that changing food can cause this.

Cavoodle, 17 months, male
My dog was on Advance small dog food but at the request of the vet he has now been changed to Hills TD (dental). We introduced it gradually. My dog was usually quite lively anyway but this Hill food has made him unmanageable and so hyper its unbelievable. Has anyone else seen this on TD?.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier, 4 months, male
my pup is on james wellbeloved pup food he is hyper, stinks when he farts, and has now started losing a bit of fur around his temples now im wondering should i change his food i love him to bits but am finding him real hard work , ive had dogs in the past i defo think mine has adhd if such a thing in dogs even my vet said hes mad he needs a personal trainor ( its alright for him i dont earn that much and what i had is spent on the vet testing him for demodex, allergies and the rest. Now im wondering if it is his food as he has also got soft stools anyone that can advise me as my vet is seriously no help.

Labrador, 7 months, male
Had him on Hills Science diet, he didn't like it very much and I couldn't stand the smell. Switched to wellness, he loves it! But he is so hyper (worse than normal - he had started growing out of his puppy crazy behavior) Could this food be giving him so much more energy??? .

Polish Lowland Sheepdog, 7 years, male
About three months ago, my dog was diagnosed with diabetes, which is still not really controlled at the moment. He is fed on Arden Grange Light Chicken and Rice. Thinking about changing to the BARF diet. Any advice please. .

ShihTzu, 2,5 years, male
My dog has been on Iams since he was a puppy and just about a week ago I switched him to Royal Canin and this dog no longer sleeps throughout the night, he is full of energy! Hoping all the new vitamins he is getting, he will eventually get used to and settle back down.

Cross breed, 18 months, female
Rosie went from being a lovely easy going puppy to an aggressive growling unsafe dog. We took her straight off Pedigree Chum mixer and her mood changed almost overnight. We still have moments of uncertainty and would like to know if certain foods do effect dogs moods.

Standard smooth Dachshund, 10 months, female
Gem was already on Royal Canin (32% protein!)when I bought her. She was snappy and extremely hyperactive. Also with a scurfy coat. Changed her to James Wellbeloved Junior and within days was a different dog, I think its a great food.

English Bull Terrier, 8 months, female
my english bull terrier daisy has been kept on the same diet she was weaned onto from milk by the breeders she came from which is raw or boiled chicken and Wagg puppy complete biscuit when on the raw chicken she started to get runny poo and going about 6+ times a day so about 2 months ago i started to boil the chicken instead and it worked to begin with but over the past 3weeks she has started having runny yellowish poo again and going 6+ times a day and pooing in her crate of a night time! she doesnt have worms or any paracytes etc please could you give advice im worried she is allergic to the chicken and is there a different meat that she could have like turkey etc that would be better for her?
Reply from Caroline, Dog Trainer at DogBasics: Please bring your puppy to the vet for a check up, this is not a question related to dog training or suitable to be answered by a dog trainer. If she has constant loose stools she is likely to be dehydrated, so it is important you have a vet look at her!

Brittany Spaniel, 1,5 years, male
Hello all! I currently own two male Brittany dogs.Our dumb vet recommended Hills Science Diet. Here me out DO NOT BUY Hills Science Diet because it is a bad food for your dogs. Hills SD has rubber compounds that they use in tires. That same compound causes cancer and is kept in bottles labeled Poison! Also SD uses euthanized dead diseased former pets for the meat in its contents. This meat is very high in fat, the poison they use to kill the diseased pets make it through the process and your now feeding your dog poison. I will never buy SD and I will fight them until there food is banned. If you live your pets stay away from Hills Science Diet , food that causes cancer and mood disorders.

GSD/Husky X, 9 months, female
i changed both my dogs onto Arden Grange within a week i noticed a difference their skin alergies cleared up, their fur started to get shiney and soft, both dog's had more energy and seemed happier in themselves.

Springer Spaniel, 14 weeks, female
my puppy was feed adult Bakers and cheap tinned food when purchased i changed this to puppy beef bakers and Butchers puppy meat which she seemed to be ok with i also slowly introduced a pet shop own brand complete pellets to ween her of bakers as heard its bad i must admit i have noticed that in general after her feed she is hyper and she has highs and lows i do think it is her food she is very o idient but has recently started to jump up at everythimg then seems exhausted i need a good calming food and i do want to keep her on wet as well i only use this to coat the dried as this is what she was always used to this is working out expensive but i dont mind iams was way to rich and she had upset stomach so discontinued , people have reommended james well beloved and science plan and wainwrights but i dint want to keep changing her food help.

Cocker Spaniel, 8 weeks, female
We recently picked up Diesel who is 8 weeks old from our Breeder who suggested to feed her purina beta puppy food. She loves the stuff. However we have started to train her using treats and she has gone hyper. The treats are 'puppy coachies'. She is usually fine in the morning and midday but goes hyper a couple of hours after training, running round, jumping, barking etc into the evening. Checked to see what they contain - which was EU colours and preservatives. Wont be using these again!

Yorkshire Terrier, 14 weeks, male
My puppy was on Iams dry food n it won't eat it I tried it with bakers complete puppy dry n it loves it, is it ok to change to bakers, the owner said iams but it's not eating it.

Labrador, 8 months, male
When I picked up Barley at 7 weeks, he was fed on Royal Canin puppy. His stools were firm, yet he was always very excitable. We tried changing him to Iams puppy, and he experienced colitis, bloody stools and frequent diarrhea and sickness. We put him on chicken and pasta until it died down and moved him to Royal Canin Lab Junior. Again, he thrived on this, firm stools, regular. Although, again, he is hyperactive and very needy. As we thought it was the high protein content, we tried moving to James Wellbeloved Junior Turkey and Rice, but as before, he got the runs. It's clear that Labs are high maintenance and very sensitive to stomach upsets. Going to have one more try with Burns. Failing that, its back to Royal Canin and hyper dog syndrome!

Bichon Frise , 9 mths, male
My dog does not like kibble, but then we tried him on Arden Grange mini adult and he likes it, especially when given in a Kong. Unfortunately it seems to turn him 'hyper'. It happened once and I thought that may just have been coincidence, but it is happening every time. He is an active little dog, but less frantic when on his usual wet food (Butchers), as long as it is not beef because that gives him diarrhoea. Arden Grange is high protein but has no additives, so according to many, this should not happen, but it definitely does. His wet food is lower in protein, and although he has the Bichon blitzes, he is definitely calmer. Could it be the high protein?

Labrador , 6 years, female
We changed our girls from Royal Canin after realising that the formula had changed. Not only was the cereal content higher but the references to meat were no longer specific and meat meal was being substituted. My girls were smelly and coats weren't glowing as much. This bitch in particular was having bouts of loose stools and constant ear infections so we changed to Orijen. All have glowing coats. None smell. We are still struggling with this birches' ears but she seems to be coming back to full health now after her litter of puppies 22 months ago. We also had a litter from our 3 year old at the end of October and she has come on in leaps and bounds. She has a beautiful coat - and she lost the entire undercoat - and is really fit. It's taken just 4 months, but it's taken my 6 year old those 4 months as well after ages not quite being herself.

Irish Setter , 6 months, female
Poppy came to us on Pedigree chum. I have an older male Irish Setter (2.5 years) who was an extremely poor eater and had tried all sorts of food before starting him on a raw diet (made alot easier by Natural Instinct - a complete raw food that comes in frozen 1kg trays). I changed Poppy on to Natural Instinct and she has been fantastic. I had to change her onto a 'normal' dog food to go to a sitter and tried both JWB (James Wellbeloved) and Naturediet both of which are excellent foods however, I have noticed a marked change in her behaviour over the last week - she has become really hyperactive!!! So - for me, I'll be putting her back on Natural Instinct.

Westie , 10 months, male
My Puppy loved James Wellbeloved dry puppy food. I changed him onto Adult about a month ago after advice from the pet shop tat i buy his food from and he won't eat it. I've tried putting in some hot water to soften it for him but he just is not keen on it. Any suggestion's. I've been told Hillscience is good

Retriever X , 6 years, male
I had always fed Proplan to both my dogs. I decided to try Eukanuba because of the dental health claims. After 2 months on this food my younger dog began attacking my older dog over food not even beinging offered to them. Like me eating crabs or a left behind Poptart on the table. These dogs lived together for 6 yrs without more than a minor growl a handful of times at most. These attacks where without warning and even from across the room. I decided if a food could influence my dogs behavior this much, (which of course I have been told had nothing to do with it, but???), I didn't want to feed anything similar ever again. I since switched this dog to Wellness and my other to Merrick. Things are going well without any more attacks...AND I haven't had to express his anal glands (a monthly issue) since the switch last September!

Labrador , 9 months, male
My dog has been on beta pup large breed since we got him at 12 weeks but has had loose stools constantly,we have had him at vet who prescribe several medicines (anti-biotics, wormer and a paste to help solid his poohs up) to no avail, we have now just changed his food to Wainwrights, he has become incredibly hyper and his tummy is no better, any thoughts on this?

Wirehaired Fox Terrier , 12 years, female
I have recently adopted a 12-year old who was fed exclusively on HiLife Moist. She had a skin condition, was stressed and panicked when left alone, had smelly breath and an anal gland problem. I read on-line that additives in this food can cause the symptoms she exhibited. I changed her diet immediately and feed her on home-made 'doggy dinners' chicken and vegetables, beef and vegetables, lamb etc. I need to supplement this diet with something I can leave down. What would you recommend that has no additives and is low in protein? I have another WHFT aged 3 years who would also eat this food. Since taking the old girl off the HiLite she is able to be left, her breath is not smelly and she hasn't rubbed her bum on the carpet for over a week!!

Lurcher , 5 months, female
Since we first got our pup at 7 weeks she has been very hyperactive and bites a lot. She has times of being adorable and obedient but then switches to being uncontrollable. We always put this down to being a puppy and put up with it. Recently though she started getting the runs and being sick so we went to the vets and it was diagnosed as dietary. We have always fed her on James Wellbeloved puppy kibble so this came as a surprise. The vet recommended two weeks recovery food and then wean her back onto her usual kibble. For the past two weeks we have had a different dog! Not at all nasty, always affectionate, but no lack of energy, just the perfect dog. Yesterday was her first day back on kibble and today she is intolerable! Won't stop barking and biting. So I think this has to be the James Wellbeloved food causing it, too much of a coincidence not to be.

Siberian Husky , 6 months, male
our puppy was fed hills at the breeder and we continued to feed him hills. Our puppy trainer encouraged us to change to eukanuba, which we did 2 weeks ago. Since then our pup has become completely unmanageable. He jumps on us and bits us in an aggressive way. He has become horrible to be around and we can no longer control him. The only change we have made was his food, and we will be changing him back to hills immediately!! We live in SA and unfortunately the best brands we are able to purchase here is hills, eukanuba and royal canine.

Border Collie , 7 months, male
food specifically for collies means more coming out the rear than going in the mouth. Changed to James Welbeloved with a base of brown rice and barley and what a great improvement. Adult at 24 protein suits us as we are both very keen walkers. This fur is shiny and his eyes bright and he is a lively puppy but certainly not hyper.

Yorkshire Terrier , 10 years, female
over the past few months Buffy has become very whiny; barking, and a general pain; she nevr used to be like this; we had her on Bakers 'senior' and then Bakers for small dogs but a friend told us that this was making her 'hyper' so we've now changed her over to Pedigree bites and she seems to hate it; its only been a week but she only eats it if we're around (I ought to mention that she only started behaving like this since I stopped going out to work and working from home. It seems to me it's all attention seeking. trouble is we're finding her less 'lovable' and far more irritating. Could this be her age? she's always had a great personality, always acted like a puppy with loads of energy but this seems to be just irritating; she growls at everyone who turns up - like the postman and delivery people but she's always been very affectionate and loves company.

Alsation X , 8 months, male
Changed from breeders choice of wet food pouches of pedigree chum to iams puppy. Poo'd huge amounts constantly. Changed to a non branded puppy food by maddogs, horrid runny poos. Now on bakers complete and poos still runny.

Labrador, 11 months, male
Changed to James Wellbeloved and dog became more aggressive. Hyperactivity and growling. In mitigation i didn't introduce slowly but I am now going to revert to old food Science Plan and introduce the James Wellbeloved slowly.

Bichon Frise, 2 years, female
when we first got our bichon frise, she was on the food Bakers, we changed her to Wainwrights and ever since noticed a change. she is a lot less hyper and seemed to get tear-stains afterwards. she also gained a lot of weight, even though we were feeding her the right amount.

Staffie, 6 years, male
eats butchers blend fine cans. Any dry dog food at all and he is gasy and Im sure he has a tummy ache. So gassy we must put him outside. I would say he is ADHD lol but he has always been this way. we are mixing with purina beta right now and its not working. this is for sensative stomaches?

Chocolate Lab, 5 months, female
Mollie, our 5 month old lab, was on wagg dry food for the first 3 months but that was making her have very loose stools and a dull coat. We changed her onto wainwrights dry food and now she has normal stools and a really shiny coat and it has actually made her a bit calmer I think wagg made her hyper it has lots of sugar in it.

a litter of Cocker Spaniel puppies
I found your information on diet and behaviour very interesting. I am a small hobby breeder and had recently put my dogs and puppies onto Eukanuba through reccomendation,it also offered a breeder scheme,which I felt encouraged by. Shortly after the transition from my usual food my dogs all became very loose and went to the toilet up to ten times daily. They smelt horendous and even ate their own mess if they were given the chance. We worm our dogs regularly so it was not that and I did not want them to develope such bad habits. Being cocker spaniels they are quite lively dogs anyway, but they became hyper and would fight to get to the food. Mornings were really bad as they were desperate for their breakfast,woke me howling and going mad. I have only just changed them onto a much more natural diet, Marcus Muhle and they are settling already. I am expecting it to take a little while to get over completely,but I would never reccomend Eukanuba to anyone.

Thank you for your food stories!

 

 

 

 


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