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Jackthelad 01-06-2014 01:45 PM

Protein to high
My nearly 12 month old GSD has been through a few different dry foods, as he is fussy and won't eat most. But I have found the perfect food now, he loves it but only one problem, the protein is 27%. And my jack is now hyper and can't keep still. I exersize him for 3 hours a day plus play in the garden with toys and stuff. I was hoping for advice on, can I put him on the adult food now instead of the high protein puppy food, just to calm him down. He can't relax. I can always just up his calcium while he is still growing. What do you think. ????

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Freddy 01-06-2014 02:06 PM

I think most of the members here probably move their pups to adult food early on. Mine was on adult food at 12 weeks. I rotate between Acana Ranchlands and Grasslands. Both of those are 31% protein. Maybe you just have a high drive puppy!

Lucy Dog 01-06-2014 02:12 PM

He's not hyper because of protein. If it's food related, it's the carbs in his food that's causing all the extra energy. Protein has nothing to do with it.

If I were to guess, it probably has nothing to do with his diet at all though. Some dogs are just hyperactive and just don't have "off buttons".

NancyJ 01-06-2014 02:14 PM

What is the nutritional analysis and content of what you are feeding. I would NOT add calcium. That can cause its own problems. Agree with the others. He could just be a live wire.

carmspack 01-06-2014 02:20 PM

don't tinker with the calcium -- could be that the magnesium levels are low -- give the dog a mash over ripe banana and some finely ground raw shelled pumpkin seeds . seriously --

Jackthelad 01-06-2014 02:24 PM

Thanks all for your help.
Maybe it's me that should just get on the red bull to keep up with him lol. He has me up in the night at about 3am. And then starts again about 5.30/ 6am for a walk. And won't stop being naughty and barking till he gets what he wants. This behaviour only started when I put him on this new food. Never mind I'll just have to try and keep up with him.

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Freddy 01-06-2014 02:28 PM

My 4 year old still flips his kong at my feet and eventually barks until I acknowledge and play with him, every evening, over and over regardless of exercise level for that day.

carmspack 01-06-2014 02:32 PM

I use ingredients which are natural sources of magnesium

here is a product MagiCalm for Naturally Calmer Dogs | VetVits Pet Health | Developed by Vets

the banana mash and pumpkin seeds are two dog appropriate foods

Jackthelad 01-06-2014 02:52 PM

Jack loves banana but absolutely hates pumpkin. The food analysis and content in his food.
Crude protein 27%
Crude oils & fats 15%
Crude fibres 3.5%
Crude Ash 7%


Salmon 24%
Potato 15%
Salmon meal 11%
Potato protein 11%
Barley, oats, poultry fat,peas, sugar beet pulp,salmon digest, salmon oil, minerals, vitamins.

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Galathiel 01-06-2014 02:55 PM

I think some of it may be a training issue. The reason he barks until he gets his way is ... he gets his way if he continues to bark. I would work on not giving into his demands and teach him some impulse control. Good mental exercise.

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