Proper diet plays a huge role in canine behavioral issues. I’ve seen it in dogs I’ve owned or pet sat – their behavior was greatly improved when put on a proper diet. Without a doubt, a low-carb, moderate fat diet eliminates many health and behavioral issues in dogs. Artificial flavor, colors, rancid fats, and high carb, poor quality food, directly affects not only overall health but behavior, from anxiety to biting.
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Hi there, my shepherd mix just had to go from living in a house with a fully open yard he could access whenever he pleases to an apartment, and we had to go back to crating when his destruction every time I left the house got out of control.
He destroyed his first crate in this apartment... WE replaced it with a ProSelect which he can't get out of but he destroys anything I put in there with him, even his bed he's had for three years (he is three), his longest lasting stuff animal, his metal bowl... I started only leaving durable toys in there but now he goes for the bars of the kennel. These bars are stronger unlike the old ones and he can't damage them, which has unfortunately meant that he's hurting his own mouth in his anxiety. He's knocked out three teeth, & has two deep lacerations that I'm afraid might mean his canines will be going next. Today I put him in there and sat watching tv (it's my day off) and he was panting so fast I was afraid he was going to go into cardiac arrest.
I've tried classical music but it doesn't seem to help. He won't go in for his morning food, or if he does and I leave, he ends up knocking it all out and not eating. We tried PetRelief spray (going on week four I think) but it doesn't seem to be helping.
If anyone could please help. I love my dog so much, but I just moved cross country and can't afford another trainer right now, and he's not good with strangers so I can't ask someone to come visit while I work... his stress over this is giving ME anxiety. I just want to help him. I don't want him to be panicked or hurting himself. Please help.
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A traditional herb used in Polynesian ceremonies, kava kava reduces anxiety, relaxes tension (including muscle tension), and calms restlessness without loss of mental sharpness. Kava kava is a good herb of choice for a tense, nervous or anxious dog. It is available in capsule, tincture, ground and powdered forms. The ground and powdered forms can be made into a tea and added to the daily water or sprinkled onto food.
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