Myth: Raw food makes a dog more aggressive.
This is another one of the more popular myths about raw pet food, so let’s get right into it.
One of the major benefits of raw food is increased palatability! Quite frankly, there’s nothing like putting a bowl of fresh meats, ground bones and organs in front of your pet and seeing them quickly gobble it up. This palatability makes the food tremendously high-value, which ultimately triggers a greater interest in your pet.
This being said, some animals may guard or become possessive over foods and treats that they really enjoy, which is obviously not the outcome we’re going for. So when people say that raw food is causing their dog to become aggressive, that’s just not true. According to That Mutt, the raw food itself is not the problem. The dog now just values their food more and feels they need to protect it. It is a natural instinct for dogs to become defensive or possessive over food. Depending on how food-driven your dog or cat is, it could potentially happen with any diet that you’re feeding them.
Furthermore, a number of consumers also fear that feeding a raw meat-based diet will cause their dog to see red, or become a bloodthirsty killer of sorts. It is important to remember that dogs evolved from wolves, and to this day, remain true to their carnivorous instincts, behaviours, and dietary requirements. This means that dogs have a natural taste for meat and blood. Dogs who chase other animals do so because of instinct and because we have bred them to do so.
Take the famous Greyhound for instance. Through years of breeding, we have genetically strengthened this dog to become the streamlined, chasing machine we know and love today. Before its racing days, the Greyhound was originally bred to hunt, chase, and kill game animals. We have to remember that just like their ancestors, all modern-day dogs were bred with an original purpose, most often to hunt, kill or protect. This behaviour is unchanged by diet but rather remains due to the original origins of the dog.