So im really contemplating on switching my 2 year old GSD to a raw diet. Unfortunately i already live with 3 picky eaters so i feel like a raw meal for my dog might be tricky. I know Stella and Chewy sell raw coated kibble wasn’t sure how well that is. She’s been giving me hard time eating. She’ll just not take interest in her kibble anymore. She’s gotten a taste of raw food (not intentional..she found a piece of raw uncooked meat and had to have it) and wants nothing to do with kibble now.
Or any of the raw meals like Tylee’s or Instinct or something of that nature.
4 months, 1 week ago Michael D’AbruzzoKeymaster
Dogs can’t be picky they have no money 🙂 They eat what you get for them. I always loved this Jerry Seinfeld clip:
But, in all honesty, dogs really can’t be picky, but they DO have owners who will give in before they do. Consider I have been training and kenneling dogs for 20 years and I never could cater to any dog and none have ever starved to death.
You have “Italian mother syndrome”. If I am 10 lbs overweight and I visit my mother while I am wearing pants that are too loose (that I bought when I was 20 lbs overweight) my mother assumes I am “too skinny” and gives me extra food.
Feed your dog what you think is best and if she doesn’t eat it just pick it up. Do that for a week if you have to, she will come around before she starves to death. Otherwise, there isn’t much that can be done about a picky dog. If you have THREE picky eaters then that would mean for sure we have to look at the Italian mother as to why 🙂
That being said, I have been feeding raw for years and never really played around with the commercial raw food. I just go get whatever is cheap at the supermarket/butcher. I like to know exactly what I am giving the dog and this saves a lot of money.
The two most important things to consider when feeding raw is:
1. Keep things sanitary mostly for the humans’ sake.
2. Research the right percentage of meat vs bones vs organ meat.
Here is a decent site that is dedicated to feeding raw if you want to look further: http://preymodelraw.com/page/articles.html/_/raw-chat/how-to-get-started-feeding-a-prey-model-raw-diet-r19We welcome these dogs as they are. With respect, compassion, and devotion We will lead…
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hahahahaha thats a great clip ! Yeah it probably is Italian Mother syndrome. She’s about 2 years old and has been the same weight for probably a year or so which is 60lbs. I would love to switch her to raw just for the sake of not just eating chicken kibble. I know she needs a better mix which is why i’ve been buying the freeze dry raw meal mixers so she can get a variety of different animals and different parts of the animal.
Thank you for sending me that link because the portions and what you can and cannot feed is what i was confused about. That site is great guidelines for making the switch!
3 months, 2 weeks ago Scott ReidMember
Hi Victoria. It’s awesome that you’re looking into a raw diet.
When I got my puppy GSD, Sadie, I had two other adult dogs who were on kibble all their lives. With the addition of Sadie, I decided to research diets and came to the conclusion that a raw diet was what I wanted for my dogs. I started with chicken leg quarters. The first few days, my two adult dogs were puzzled. One of them refused to eat and voluntarily fasted 4 days. Sadie took to it right away – no problem. I have been feeding raw for over a year now.
Initially, I used a commercial frozen raw food company to ensure the diet was complete. However, I was paying nearly $6.00 per pound – very expensive. Over time, I began to source my own raw diet ingredients – whole chickens, beef, tripe, liver, heart, kidney, frozen sardines, eggs, etc… and preparing their diet myself. Since then, I have brought the cost to approximately $1.80 per pound.
As you research, you’ll learn a lot about the appropriate nutrition and proportions. Preparing the diet yourself does take a couple of hours every other week, so their is an increase cost on your time. Having said that, I’ve really enjoyed this and have learned a lot of tips to optimize their nutrition. My two adult dogs a leaner, suffer from fewer allergy symptoms, and have plenty of energy. I have found Dr. Karen Becker’s articles and videos a great help. Search her name on YouTube if you want to learn more.
Additionally, I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned if you ever want to discuss a raw diet with me.
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