Originally Posted by CaseyA
If he's getting unhealthy human food (sweets, processed junk, etc.) he could be having reactions to that as well as his abuse issues. Diet is a HUGE thing for dogs and their diets really should match their age, activity level, etc. Think of it like giving five pounds of candy to a child with hyperactivity--same principle.
I've been ninja stalking this thread for a while because I find it interesting but don't have much to contribute.
I hate that example of, "Don't give hyper kids sweets!" As someone who had server ADHD as a child and still has moderate symptoms as an adult, sugar = more hyper is an over simplification. Yes, excessive amounts of sugar can cause a "sugar high" but that isn't the same thing as hyperactivity. "Sugar highs" die down after a while and leaves a kid so wiped they pass out where they lie. Hyperactivity is the reason why I was always the last kid standing at most sleepovers. It's a constant over-drive mode instead of a sudden shift in energy levels. It's very hard to get people to believe that a bag of skittles makes me "hyper" because I'm human. Believe me, a bag of skittles does not have the power to negate my medication.
In fact, my symptoms improved greatly once I cut soda out of my life and switched to de-cafe tea. Caffine has much more damaging effects on someone dealing with hyperactivity than sugar. So, change the example to "Think of it like giving five cans of Red Bull to a child with hyperactivity--same principle," and you've hit the nail right on the head.
Ok...Now that the PSA is over, everyone can return to their regularly scheduled topic.