Sparky, a 1-year-old Lab mix, was a “skittish” puppy when brought to live with the family next door to Donna, one of my readers in the Midwest.
Fearfulness is torture for an animal, and often leads to aggression.
Donna has some dog training experience and offered to help them help their pup to get over his fearfulness, but they declined. The family never socialized Sparky and his fearfulness got worse.
As he got older, he got more aggressive, eventually becoming very intense and serious. He started growling and baring his teeth as he charged the 4-foot chain-link fence separating him from Donna and her 19-year-old Chihuahua, Missy, 14-year-old Chihuahua, Tigger, and 10-year-old, 60-pound mixed breed, Alie.
Eventually, in his apparent determination to attack her and/or her dogs, he started attempting to climb the 4-foot chain-link fence.
R U Feeding Good or Bad? (Check The List)
I cringe at the grocery store when I see someone checking out with a bag of:
Kibbles 'n Bits
or any of those LOW-QUALITY products.
I refuse to call them "Dog Foods." In fact, there is not a single "dog food" product sold in a typical grocery store (I want to say "ANY" grocery store, but let's be honest, I haven't been in EVERY grocery store) that is of good quality.
I highly recommend feeding a natural diet to dogs. Which means REAL, human-grade food. BUT... it's expensive and a lot of work (I know, I've done it), so I understand if some people can't do it. But if you DO do it... KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Dogs have certain nutritional requirements that MUST be met. I talked to someone the other day who's been feeding real food to her dog (Yeah!) but has not been including calcium. OMG! Dogs NEED calcium. If you want to know how to properly feed your dog a natural diet, contact me and I will turn you on to some excellent resources.
Barring feeding a natural diet, dogs MUST have top-quality dog food.
Gees... a dog's food is part of his very foundation. It's important! (Any dog food you use should be grain-free. Grains are not a natural diet for dogs and are included just to "fluff up" the food and make it cheaper.)
What do you feed your dog? Think you are feeding a "good" food? You might be surprised.
Reviews.com thoroughly researched 2,223 formulas made by 115 brands (I didn't know there were that many!) and eliminated the unhealthy and questionable ones, ending up with only 134 (about 6 percent) they could confidently label as healthy and safe.
Check your dog's food against Reviews.com's list:
Reviews.com - Dog Food Research
You wouldn't feed Purina Beneful, would you? Look:
Purina Beneful Killing Dogs:
The Dogington Post - Purina Beneful Dog Food Killing Dogs
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