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Good evening all,

I know this has been covered in previous threads but we are looking for advice not sure if this is a food or socialising issue or just Murphy being at that adolescent stage

Murphy is 9 months old now and over the last 5-6 weeks got very jumpy and excitable when meeting dogs and people,

Our dog training started back again after stoping because of the coronavirus and he was a total nightmare jumping up the trainer and generally not listening to commands he knows all to well, he loves his food but he even Turned his nose up at a tasty treat when asking him to do a simple down

The head trainer asked about his food and suggested we move him from puppy to junior or adult food because maybe the E numbers are to high, we feed him Eukanuba large breed puppy only for historic reasons.

Eukanuba advise to move from puppy to adult at 15 months so we are reluctant to move him to as we want ensure he gets all the goodness needed while his is growing (he was weighed Saturday at 34kg)

Is the food a possibility for his hypo-activeness or are we just dealing with a very energetic adolescent you boy

he currently goes for 2 x 20-25 minute walks a day if the coast is completely clear we will let him off the lead and without distractions his recall is good but only if no one else is around

any advise will be gratefully received also what food would you suggest for a non working lab?

tia Mark
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Certainly I would move to adult food. Different manufacturers make different recommendations, but most go with 6 months. Personally I dont even wait 6 months, but start to change at around 12 weeks. You see I'm rather old, and was in dogs way before puppy food was invented, and believe me, pups grew on perfectly fine without for the thousands of years they have been on this earth. Think, there is no puppy food in the wild, there is no human "Children food." Really, puppy food was invented to cover a non existing problem!

But also, at 9 months old your puppy is now into adolescence. He's growing up and feeling his feet." Start training patience. In the days when I was instructing puppy classes I used to make an exercise of meeting and greeting. Two people and their dogs approach each other, stop, put their dogs in the sit while they have a chat about the weather or the like, and the dogs have to remain sitting while the owner chat. It's you saying to your dog, "Humans do what humans want to do, and you sit and wait until I've finished." This is something you can practise when out for a walk, there is usually somebody you can stop and talk to. When Chloe was a baby I used to make use of the ladies in the bus queue! An old saying of mine, "Everything is a training opportunity!"
 

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I'm just about to head out but I had a quick look at the food, and compared with a kibble I've used (I mostly raw feed my dogs) and it is more expensive and has mazie and wheat content as well as grits, which I assume is a maize product as well. I compared it with Simpsons Premium which is cheaper and doesn't contain any grains, which might contribute towards his giddy kipper moments, but then I have a 1 year old bitch who I bred, so I know her mum and grandma very well, she's raw fed and she's a giddy kipper. Goodness knows what she might be like if I fed her Bakers, lol!
 
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