Can I get my aggressive dog on the BARF diet? The correct indication to remove a false clich

Kodami scientific committee member said

Veterinary specialist in dog and cat nutrition

“Creating a BARF diet, thus giving raw meat, pays off Aggressive dogs And blood thirsty 7. You’ve probably heard of this urban legend somewhere, probably in a post or in a bar chat. One difference is that red meat makes dogs more aggressive. Maybe because it is rich in blood? But who’s at home not vampires or wolves and dogs? I don’t think so, but definitely No one wants aggressive dogs And for this reason one may be tempted to give up raw food.

However, we must immediately clarify that, in general, A raw BARF-type diet will not make your dog aggressive. It doesn’t matter if it’s raw meat rich food, if it’s red or white meat: our dogs are not vampires. Eating raw meat will not make our dog thirsty for blood or anything like that.

Quite the opposite. A raw food can help with the problem of aggression, although it must be well-balanced and handled wisely. So let’s see where this urban legend comes from and why it is possible to create a BARF even with an aggressive dog.

Raw meat makes dogs aggressive: Where does this urban legend come from?

The source of this false clich is remote and extremely extensive in time. The origin is of course uncertain. I dare to assume that, starting from some scientific research, this notion of raw meat was created which makes dogs aggressive.

In fact, since the 1980’s, some writers have tried to show how Reducing protein intake in a dog’s diet can reduce aggression. The situation was therefore the opposite of the initial question (“Can a dog become aggressive by eating meat?”): A dog that was already suffering from aggression / reactivity was given a new diet to see if its behavior had changed.

Studies have never been particularly clear or significant in this sense: the samples were small (e.g. Observe a few dogs) And the foods were commercial (hence not meat). In some cases, researchers say,Regional aggression“Which is not currently recognized in behavioral medicine. In short, little and misleading information.

At present we can say that We have no data to support the fact that dietary protein reduction improves the behavior of an already aggressive dog.We alone can say the opposite, that is, giving them a lot of protein (meat) makes them aggressive.

Food and Behavior: Have a relationship, even for dogs

The fact that there is no simple and trivial linear relationship (for example: “I give the dog meat, it becomes aggressive”) does not mean that food cannot affect the dog’s behavior. Quite the opposite! We now have a lot of studies that can be clearly said There is a relationship between diet and behavior Even in dogs.

The interrelationship between food and behavior, or rather between the gut and the psyche, is commonly called “Axis of the intestinal-brain“Or Axis of the intestinal-brain. You may have already heard of it in humans, since it has been studied for several years how many mental problems may be related to intestinal disorders, in a bond of cause and effect that is often not easy to uncover. Do we worry because we eat badly or do we eat badly because we are anxious?

Like humans, even dogs can have a very interesting relationship between gut and psyche. In this sense, of course, such a food The amount of tryptophan is low (Meat also contains an amino acid) or does not have a tendency to metabolize this component with an intestine, which can lead to greater anxiety and therefore reactivity / aggression.

For this reason, anyone who has a dog with behavioral (or rather emotional) problems can get valuable help from nutrition! Your dog’s brain works with molecules that are mainly produced in his gut, so it’s easy to see how this can be said for a dog. “The intestine is the second brain

Can I BARF with an aggressive dog?

Here, now that we’ve made it clear that raw meat won’t make your dog aggressive, let’s take a look at how to barf with a dog that has aggressive behavior, which is not the same thing! In fact, raw meat can be A very interesting resource For your dog and so in this sense it could be Make your symptoms worse.

In fact, let’s imagine if your dog, who already has an attitude towards his bowl or his food, “protects” him from you. A wonderful bone! This is not a coincidence, I always say, that Pluto or other dogs are represented by stereotypes of the bones of the mouth. Dogs love bones!

First of all, let’s talk about it Which you absolutely shouldn’t do. In fact, if you BARF and you should show ownership of your dog, then what we can usually do is correctly then define “aggression” when you go to the bowl you must not in any way:

  • Insist on trying to steal bones;
  • Try to get closer and respect yourself “because you are a pack leader”;
  • Give an aggressive response to his aggression near the bowl.

Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. Not really. We have a number of articles in Kodami that explain the proper procedure and first of all if the correct behavior of your dog that makes BARF proves to be detrimental to you. Leaving him alone, in a moment, moving away, avoiding collisions with him.

As soon as the moment of tension has passed, proceed to make an appointment Veterinary specialist in behavior That is, he will not give your dog psychiatric medication at first sight (unless the situation is extremely risky for you), but he will suggest some analysis to rule out biological problems. Once you are sure that your dog has no biological reason to be aggressive in the bowl, then yes, you can start a journey together, which must include healthy and fresh nutrition!

How to BARF in this case

In general, for aggressive dogs I recommend making some simple changes to the BARF diet like this:

  • Do not give whole fleshy bones (OP), But choose minced meat with bones. This way, we can avoid the risk of bones hiding in the house that could lead to aggression. Instead of the whole OP, you can give only meat with calcium and phosphorus supplements for bone replacement, but obviously the doses must be made by a professional.
  • Seek the help of a veterinarian with expertise in nutrition to choose non-inflammatory foods for your dog. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that intestinal inflammation is associated with the deterioration of various psychological symptoms, including anxiety and reactions. Less inflammation, more calm and serenity.
  • Among the nutritional supplements that you can offer, of course we must mention Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Which are anti-inflammatory, for the same reason as above.
  • If you have a prize GlutenSo try to completely eliminate foods or snacks that contain flour, at least one case of aggression cited in a 2020 article was associated with hypersensitivity to gluten.

Obviously, if your dog is already aggressive, it would be best to start with a professional. And don’t be afraid, as soon as possible I’m sure you’ll be back on a complete bone diet, so chew your dog too. But … at the right time!

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