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Does Raw Food amplify behaviours?

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Tanner

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 10:15am PST 
I was talking to a client at my work and we were talking about Raw Food, he said he is against it because it amplifies dogs behaviour. So, since having my dogs on the raw diet I have noticed that Tanner has started barking at people more, he is afraid of them but we started gaining control over it. Not sure if we have just slipped up and he fell back or if it has something to do with the food. As well as Tanner, our 5 month old, Titan has developed aggression towards dogs. He has always been a tough one and does not back down. He has been with dogs almost everyday since he was 9 weeks old. We have contacted a behaviourist in hopes that we don't have to switch from the Raw.
Also, Titan is very food aggressive with other dogs, which I am fine with because it is raw food, very valuable.
I was just wondering if anyone else has seen any behaviour changes when switching to raw. Other then the good stuff like more drive, nicer coat and teeth,and more energy.

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Lily

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 10:36am PST 
Maybe this was what your client was referring to?

"The Effect of Dietary Protein on Dog Behavior
Summary of the study by Tufts University"

link:
http://leerburg.com/protein.htm

(Remember to remove any spaces that may appear in the URL.)

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Duke

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 11:07am PST 
It depends on the behavior. Resource guarding? Yep. Dog aggression? I say, no. Reactivity? My experience is definitely, no.

Without carbs, Duke is considerably calmer, more sensible, and able to recover from a reactive episode much more quickly. He no longer takes meds for his anxiety/reactivity.

Keep in mind he is 10 years old and we have trained together for most of that time. I am very keen to his triggers, and his behavior training is dynamic...changing as his needs/behaviors change.

You might not want to be "OK" with food aggression. It can quickly escalate. The book "Mine!" by Jean Donaldson is a great guide for dealing with resource guarding.
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Tanner

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 11:20am PST 
I am OK with food aggression because it is towards other dogs, and it is only over his raw food. If someone tried to take my Steak I wouldn't give it up without a fight. I can take anything away from him, so can any other human, that is all I ask for. We feed in their crates so no issues arrise.
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Kolbe

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 11:57am PST 
My dogs experienced the exact opposite of what your client claims.

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Cookie

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 12:34pm PST 
lol

what the heck are 'dog behaviours'?
tucking tail and rolling over vs growling and snapping
barking vs sleeping
timid vs friendly
these are all dog behaviors
and pretty sure all dogs act like dogs no matter what they eat and all dogs don't act the same.

behavior that I can link to raw.. hmm maybe her not being super hyped up on carbs all the time?
my dog is super friendly towards all people and dogs, she barks to alert of sounds at the door, but I encouraged her to do this. it wasn't her food. She licks A LOT, but she's always been a licker since she was a puppy. She acts like a dog to me.. a good dog. Don't know what this guy's talking about.
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UCH Onyx TT,- CGC

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 12:56pm PST 
Aside from the resourcing guarding, I've only heard about positive behavior changes in raw fed dogs, if any. Less hyperactivity, anxiousness, ect. are the most significant changes in behavior I've heard attributed to raw. Like others have said, those changes are probably primarily due to fewer carbs in the diet.

I would be much more likely to attribute your five month old's change in behavior toward other dogs to his age. He's likely hitting sexual maturity and that is definitely a time when behaviors like his can appear.
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Tanner

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 1:28pm PST 
Thanks, yes we have been told he is reaching sexual maturity but then our his behaviour specialist said that since it started when his litter picked on him and it has esculated as he has grown, it will probably still happen when he is neutered. We have set a date for him in January to be "snipped". At least then we can rule that out or hope it was the cause for his aggression.
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Lily

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 3:06pm PST 
"**The study concluded that a reduction in dietary protein is not generally useful in the treatment of behavior problems**, [with the *possible* exception of those with territorial aggression that is the result of fear.]"

source:
"The Effect of Dietary Protein on Dog Behavior
Summary of the study by Tufts University"
http://leerburg.com/protein.htm

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Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 10:03pm PST 
I sometimes feed my dogs raw food, depending on the availability. But these raw food I'm giving them aren't those meats and all that, but fruits and vegetables. I don't think it's that bad to give me them raw fruits and veggies, it's just that I read on the internet that it's not particularly for their stomach.
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