Previous studies suggest that diets high in protein may be linked to increased aggression in dogs. Based on these results, some veterinarians recommend low-protein diets for dogs displaying aggressive behaviors. To explore this recommendation further, researchers will evaluate the relationship between the protein content in commercially available dry food and behavioral scores via validated behavior questionnaires completed by dog owners with pets enrolled in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Findings will provide veterinarians with additional data on the role dietary protein plays in aggressive behaviors in dogs.
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University of California, Cavis
Melissa Bain, DVM