Better Behavior through the Food Dish
An advanced guide to improving dog behavior and welfare with dietary management
Many factors influence the diets that humane organizations feed the dogs in their care. Shelters often feed dogs whatever food the public kindly donates, the cheapest option available, or the product from a pet food company with whom the shelter has a business relationship. This can lead to a plethora of food products in the storeroom, foods that differ greatly in cost, nutritional content, and quality.
Since the nutritional content of a diet can affect how a dog behaves, shelter staff need to understand how to incorporate dietary management into a behavior modification plan. To some degree, the dietary choices the shelter staff make can exacerbate—or, with the correct knowledge, alleviate—existing behavioral problems.
Diet and behavior
Most of us recognize that food noticeably affects our mood. Both the comfortable, relaxed state we enjoy after eating Thanksgiving dinner, and the energy highs and lows after consuming too much chocolate, can be profound!