I don't usually attribute a single factor to what makes a happy dog but I became very aware how much food plays a part in that when I switch Silver over from a hypoallergenic food to our current kibble of 4Health from our local Tractor Supply Company.
It was about a year ago that I finally talked my husband into letting Silver trade foods. She'd been on the previous one for what was assumed to be a food allergy. She was constantly licking her paws and having ear infections. There was some improvement, but Silver was still getting regular ear infections.
I saw such good results with the rest of the dogs, I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I started noticing a difference with mopey, moody Silver who never wanted to do anything was getting up and going outside with Brut and staying out for a longer time. She was playful and happy. Her energy increased and she has a noticeable pizzazz, it's like she has suddenly come to life out a long slumber. I don't think she would have enjoyed the dog sledding as much as she did this year and with the zest she had if I'd kept her on her other food. Most sled dogs retire around her age and she handled it like a champ!! And if that's not enough her ears have cleared up!
I do believe their are many other factors involved, but the difference with this new food just can't be denied. She has finally awoke from her coma it seems and is actually living and enjoying life again.
What a difference!
Have you made a food or dietary change where there was a noticeable impact on your dogs mood or behavior?