The Food Dish

I have gone through many different phases in the past few years in regards to what I feed my dogs, I have fed kibble, canned, dehydrated, freeze dried, raw and home cooked.

I have fed different things for different reasons and all with different results, and I can honestly say that I have been happy with each different method for different reasons.

Every dog is different and I feel that no one method of feeding works for every dog.

Right now I am feeding a combination of home cooked and raw when I am home and when I travel I feed a mix of dehydrated and kibble.

My young dog Nargles tends to have a sensitive stomach so I am careful of what I feed her, she can only tolerate chicken in small amounts and does better with limited grains and no gluten in her diet. So for her it is much easier to cook (or feed raw) as I can control what she is getting. When I travel and have to feed kibble or dehydrated I will feed grain free beef, turkey, fish or venison.

Try on the other hand has an iron stomach and nothing seems to bother her, she does better with som grain in her diet, I usually feed her rice or oats. (I stick to rice for Nargles when I feed her grain)

Why Raw and Cooked?

I feed a combination of raw and cooked when I am home, and honestly I don’t have any huge reasons for it. I know of many dogs who do better on raw then cooked and vice versa. My dogs do fine on both so I tend to feed a mix of both.

So during the week my meat rotation may look like this:

Monday – raw turkey

Tuesday – raw turkey

Wednesday – cooked beef

Thursday – sardines or oysters

Friday – raw chicken

Saturday – cooked turkey

Sunday -cooked chicken

And some days they may get half cooked half raw, all depends on what I have ready to go out of my freezer and how much time I have.

If I am in a hurry I will usually feed raw as it takes much less time to prepare then cooked, but I try and make sure and feed a variety of both.

I am very happy with how my dogs look and act, and bottom line, when it comes to feeding your dogs you need to be happy with what you are doing and your dogs need to be happy. You can be feeding the most expensive food on the market, but if your dog doesn’t like to eat it or you don’t like to feed it, you are not going to see the results you want from it.

I will be posting more over the next few months on feeding carbs, veggies, how much food I feed my dogs, supplements and more!

Please feel free to email me any questions, I will be posted a Q&A section each week as well!

Happy Feeding!

Amanda


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  • Tammy

    Tammy

    Amanda, this has been an interesting post to me because I go back and forth on what I feed my two. Right now I'm on a home-cooked plan because one of my dogs seems to react to every single commercial kibble I've tried, organic or not. He starts shaking his head and digging at his ears. The minute I start making food again, he stops...he's either got an allergy to an ingredient that's in everything or he's figured out what to do to keep me cooking. One question that comes up for me again and again when I'm cooking for the dogs is how to know they're getting the right nutritional balance. It would be great to see what recipes/combos you use at some point. Thanks!

    Amanda, this has been an interesting post to me because I go back and forth on what I feed my two. Right now I'm on a home-cooked plan because one of my dogs seems to react to every single commercial kibble I've tried, organic or not. He starts shaking his head and digging at his ears. The minute I start making food again, he stops...he's either got an allergy to an ingredient that's in everything or he's figured out what to do to keep me cooking.

    One question that comes up for me again and again when I'm cooking for the dogs is how to know they're getting the right nutritional balance. It would be great to see what recipes/combos you use at some point. Thanks!

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