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Make Dog Food At Home

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    Where can I find good websites that have instructions on how to prepare your own Dog Food?
    I would really like to prepare my own Dog Food at home, what are the more popular websites that have ideas for this, or does anyone have any recipes that they use for their dogs?
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    Thank You in Advance..

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    What's a recipe to make healthy dry dog food at home, in bulk?
    I'd like to be able to make about 20lbs of home made, balanced, dry dog food per week under .

    If there any with meat substitutes, that'd be great but not necessary

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    Is home made dog food good for your dog?
    I've decided to switch to home made dog food consisting of lean ground turkey, boiled chicken, rice and minced veggies. My dog loves it and seems healthy, but I've read mixed reviews on home meade dog food.

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      I live in Egypt and dog food is very expensive. With 2 GSDs it would cost a fortune so I cook for them every day. I also cook turkey, chicken rice and zucchini and carrots. I also add flax seed if I can find it,,ground, of course and each day they each get a bit of olive oil with it also.
      That and a good dog vitamin each day and they are as healthy as can be.
      Remember in the wild, dogs eat most anything.
      I also give them cooked chicken livers once a week and they also get a can of tuna once a week, this in addition to the food I cook.
      I have it done pat, organized and it takes nothing to do it. While the coffee pot is brewing, the food is cooking so they eat in the morning.
      My dogs are 4.5 and 2.5 and their hair, skin and teeth are great. Oh a good bone once in a while will give them extra and good for their teeth.
      If they seem to be away from their food or after they've been to the kennel and lost a bit of weight I make "Satan Balls". This add's bulk and helps them pick up weight faster and energy. Many show dogs get these before a show.

      Also, you might consider raw feeding..also known as BARF..


      Good luck.

    How to recipes for dog food and dog treats that will give them the right nutrition?
    I have a family full of dogs and some cats. I am tired of havig the wrong dog food for them that either make them over weight or have liver failure. I want to start making their dog treats and food at home I am looking for the right ones to give the dogs all their nutriction values including omega fatys and everything needed for them. If any one can help im ready to explore a healthy way to feed my animals especially since ill know what is in their food.

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      I've read a few articles by dog specialists and vets and recommend not making food for your dogs, but buying from the supermarket.
      Home made dog food usually doesn't contain the required nutrients a dog needs, while dog food bought from supermarkets have done heaps of research about dog nutrition and health and are dedicated to making the best product they can.
      If your dogs get sick and you suspect its because of food, they may be allergic or sensitive to certain types of foods or ingredients.
      As for obesity in dogs, almost all of the time it is due to overfeeding, so go to your vet to get a diet planned for your dog.

      I hope this helps :)
      You sound like a good owner wanting to make food for your pets, not many people I know are willing to go to those lengths, but please take my advise.

    Switching my dogs food from store bought to home-made?
    I am trying to switch my dogs food to home-made and was just wondering if I should be including some of her old food (Purina Dog Chow, blah) into her new healthy food so that the transition is easier, or if it would matter. Also if anyone has any good, easy recipes for me that would just be great!

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      You should absolutely switch over gradually. It will be a rocky transition if you go from overly-processed crap (Purina) to real food if you don't transition slowly. Start with 25% of new food and 75% of old food for a 2-5 days, then 50-50 for 2-5 days, then 75-25 for 2-5 days. You can make the change more gradual if your dogs are having trouble adjusting.

      Go to dogster.com and create an account. It will be the best resource for a homemade diet. Go to the Home Prepared Food and Recipes Forum and ask any questions. Someone will be able to answer it (especially Sedona and Sassy).

      Use this link to make sure your diet is completely balanced.

      And other than that, just remember to provide a wide variety of ingredients for optimum health.

      Some good recipes:

    How to make Dry Dog food at home?
    I am talking about the Kibbles..Would appreciate if anyone can help me with the detailed process of preparing dry dog food.
    I want to start a pet food company and this is the reason why I would like to know the entire process of making a dry dog food. Kibbles to be specific.

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      Just feed a homecooked diet! Dog food does NOT need to be dry processed round kibbles.

    How good is the dog food that is Diamond brand?
    My hubby brought home some dog food that is called diamond. I have never heard of it but he got it from bluestem. Is it a good food for younger dogs? We have a 2 year old and a 8 month old. If you know anything about this brand please let me know I am nervous about feeding it to my pups.

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      The Diamond company is a huge pet food source. Diamond has numerous dog food products and brand names. They also supply other well-known brands with their foods (including some very top tier foods like Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae, etc.). If the food in question is just the plain "Diamond" brand, I wouldn't recommend it. But, I would highly recommend Taste of the Wild, which is also made my Diamond.

      This is a great site to quickly and easily check on the quality of specific dog food brands:


    whats the cheapest healthiest way to feed my two dogs?
    i only want to feed them high quality dog food or home cooked food. which is the best and most affordable? i was feeding them Evo but it was too exspensive and i had to drive really far to get it. now im feeding them canidae but they wont eat it unless i mix it with some wet food and its equaling out to the same price as the Evo. is cooking them food cheaper? whats the best most affordable way to feed my dogs?

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      I say that a raw diet is the best, and it is "cheap", too.
      Its a lot safer, too. There are too many unlisted, and unknown chemicals, and meat by-products in commercial food. It seems as if many people have forgotten about the pet food recall that happened not too long ago, and have gone back to feeding the dog foods that may cause them to get sick and/or die.

      Here are some useful links on info about the B.A.R.F. diet

    What is the best diet for my German Shepherd?
    She is 1 year old and is 25kg she could do with putting on a bit of weight what is the best way to feed them and for her weight how much should she be fed, also what food should she get dog food/home food???

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      [Chris] has yet to learn some facts of life, especially that dogs are carnivores, with a digestive system perfectly evolved for raw animal protein (birds, eggs, fish, insects, mammals, reptiles). They lack the enzymes to break down cellulose, lack the enzymes to convert plant proteins into nutrition - and even if they had them, their gut is too short for the enzymes to work before the material comes out the rear end. A bit.ch I'd sold used to get skinny each autumn, until her owner realised that she was stealing plums from the neighbour's plum trees that had branches hanging over the fence.

      A 12 months GSD can be expected to look thin - at 10-11 months old it reached its maximum height, and spends the next 12-24 months developing its chest and muscles.
      Dogs that spend long periods inside crates develop fat, not muscles.

      A domestic dog does best on a diet that is based on raw meat - preferably still on the bone (except for fish needles). It should be supplemented with cooked table scraps - although cooking denatures many vitamins, some remain, and the cooking makes the plant proteins digestible.

      There is no "prescribed amount" of food - it depends on how big the pooch is, how much energy it burns off each day, how efficient is its conversion of "food" into "dog", whether it is currently under-weight or over-weight, and how many calories it has received as tidbits. So you "feed by eye", adjusting each day or week according to how your dog looks & behaves.

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source/links/Feeding__Nutrition__GDV_Bloat_001198556443/ will link you to several feeding plans - including a way to compare kibbles, if you MUST use kibbles. Read the research on GSD-bloat then work out which 35 years cover the period in which bloat went from almost unheard of to scarily common. I bet you'll find that they are the same 35 years in which kibbles went from virtually unknown to virtually universal. Mere coincidence? - I think not!

      Although she is under-average weight for her age, she IS within the weight range for an adult GSD, and could be in perfect condition if she is 54-56cms tall at the wither (measured vertically above her elbow). See http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source/links/Size___Weight_001198649681/
      The 300 GSD bitches for which I have mature (3-7 years old) Breed Survey weights averaged at 25.75kg. - and there were many maximum -sized bitches in that lot!

      Join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with GSDs. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Most allow you to include photos so that you can show how your pet is progressing.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

    what type of food can i feed my dog when i have no dog food left at home?
    what type of food can i feed my dog when there is no dog food left at home.

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      Most people think dogs are carnivores but they are actually omnivores, but their diet should consist of mainly meat but fruits and vegetables are also good for them, stay away from corn, wheat and soy products because they have no nutritional value for dogs, raw meat is better than cooked meat because it has more nutritional value, cooked meat also makes bones splinter which can be bad once inside your dog's digestive system. Feeding your dog, dog food will be cheaper than feeding human grade food but its also not as healthy, all dog food from supermarkets are bad since they are mostly made of fillers and only source of meat is by-products (chicken beaks, feet, feathers, unhealthy organs, deceased animals and rotten meat), even some dog food from pet stores (petsmart, petco) are low grade, make sure to read the ingredient list and that named meat is the first thing on the list like chicken meal or lamb meal.

    How to make home made dog food?
    Does anyone know how to make home made dog food that is not high priced and is healthy?

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      dont really know how to make homemade dog food but u can give ur dog brocolli, carrots and corn.. its good for them!!

    How much should i feed a 2 month old rottweiler ?
    I feed him four meals a day, 2 dry dog food, 2 home made.

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      Read the label on your dry food, it should give you a guide to go by body weight and age.

    What are some homemade dog food recipes?
    Not those "raw diets" but actual cooked dog food i can make at home? This is a horrible reference but i know sled dogs make some kind of stew for there dogs (it was called "slump" in Snow dogs (the movie)) But anyways, can someone give me links or books to look into? Thanks.
    @ Sammy, I did say it was a bad "reference" as i knew they did raw meats. I just don't feel comfortable giving my dogs raw.

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      I make a stew with diced or minced meat(red or white meat whatever I have at the time) rice or pasta, some mixed diced veggies(sweet potato, peas, potato, pumpkin,broccoli & whatever may work that I have at hand), dash of olive oil. I put all in a pot with enough water to cover it & simmer it for a few hours. When serving I add an egg, some chia seeds & a multi vitamin & mineral supplement powder.
      Dogs love it. I also bake a meat loaf with veggie for them too similar ingredients just put through the processor & into a loaf tin & bake it for an hour or so.

    How can I make dog food at home?
    My dogs don't like commercial dog food.

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      Fist, you skin the dog.

      Then, rub butter all over the meat.

      Season with garlic, and onion flakes.

      Bake in oven on 375 for 3 hours.

      Serve with corn on the cob.

      Oh wait.....is that not what you meant?


    Does anyone make their own dog food?
    Does anyone have any recipes for home made dog food? Thanks!

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      I know someone who does this for their dog. It's called the BARF diet (and so appropriately named). It's the concept of feeding your dog raw, unprocessed food - the way nature intended.



    y dog is allergic to All poultry. Is there any homemade receipes for creating dog food at home?
    I have looked at most dry dog foods in the stores and even the ones that say lamb and rice or salmon and rice have chicken-by-products in the ingredients.

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      I have an allergic dog. I fix his meals at home, but if I didn't I would get the Solid Gold Bark at the Moon formula. It is fish and beef and contains no corn or other grains that are a common source fo food allergy in dogs.

    What is the best dog food to feed my baby male Yorkie?
    I am going to pick up my Yorkie for the first time on Friday. I can't wait to get him home, but I am also concerned on what type of food to give him. I want my puppy to be healthy and happy but I want hime to also find his food tasty..and not nasty like most healthy dog foods. The breeder I bought him from has been feeding him Beniful. But he dosen't particularly like it. Any suggestions on a healthy tasty dog food for puppys?
    What does your puppy eat and enjoy?

    P.S. I also want to give him treats, I figured I would give him fruitloops as a special treat since yorkies are prone to low-blood sugar....is this a good idea? or should i find something else for him?

    Any other information on how to keep my puppy healthy and happy is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
    Oh yeah I am 15 and getting him for my birthday!

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      A median priced food that was not on the recall lists with the melamine etc. is Nature's Recipe which does not have corn, wheat, soy or artificial dyes. Also doesn't have BHA or BHT and is readily available in large Pet Stores like PetSmart or PetCo. Most other brands sold there have been in multiple recalls for both dry and wet.
      Beneful wasn't recalled, but it has lots of junk in it, allergy causing product. Avoid foods that list wheat, corn or soy in their ingredients.
      When you change food, do it gradually over a week and a half or so. Start feeding the old food (3/4) with 1/4 new food for a few days and if tolerated well, then give 1/2 old and 1/2 new- same progression then 3/4 new and 1/4 old then all new. You can add a few teaspoons of pumpkin pie filling to the food while changing over as it tends to settle a dogs stomach and prevent a reaction like diarrhea which happens sometimes when changing food.
      Royal Canin makes food for the breed and another food called "Baby Dog" but it had been heavily involved in recalls. Unfortunately, many many brands were manufactured at the same plant where common ingredients used in different brands contaminated food.
      I'd stay away from Natural Balance because they were also heavily involved in recalls and recently again had recalled canned foods, this time for botulism. See itchmo.com for details.
      Fruit Loops aren't good for people or for dogs, but a few won't kill him. There are many good treats that are healthy, or at least designed for dogs, to use instead.
      There is a doggie Ice Cream called "Frosty Paws" which many large grocery stores carry like Randall's, Kroger's, Super Target, etc. Call ahead to one in your area and ask if they have this in stock. It's usually in the ice-cream section but is actually made for dogs. Comes in four cups to a box and dogs just LOVE this!
      Also there are freeze dried liver treats you can get from Pet Stores, and Yogurt Drops for dogs that are made in Germany.
      Avoid rawhides because dogs sometimes swallow big pieces they loosen and then get sick and some have formaldehyde in them and the white ones are sometimes soaked in bleach during their processing. BLECCH.
      But Nylabones (inedible kind) and Kongs make fun toys to exercise teeth and gums on.

    Which dog food would be best for my Yorkshire Terrier?
    I will be picking up my Yorkie puppy in a few days. The breeder is feeding him Eukanuba, I have been researching different types of dog food. I went to petsmart and checked out different brands. I went home and found Blue Buffalo would be the best as far as quality. Should I feed my puppy Blue Buffalo? Or is there others that anyone can recommend?

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      Go with a high-quality puppy or all-life-stages food.

      Eukanuba is crap.

      Blue Buffalo is a good choice.

      Other good foods from Petsmart/Petco:
      * Natural Balance
      * Castor & Pollux
      * Solid Gold

      Some of my favorites from non-chain-stores are:
      * Merrick Puppy Plate
      * Wellness Just for Puppy
      * Innova Puppy
      * Canidae All-life-states
      * Artemis Fresh-Mix Small breed puppy
      * Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul

      Below the double line is my general advice on choosing dog foods.
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      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:


      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      (For puppies, I recommend staying in the 4 & 5 star foods, so you don't get to high of a protein level.)


      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.


      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )


      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" and "Natural Balance" brands and Petsmart sells "Blue Buffallo", which are all higher quality foods, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores


      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A

    What is a good brand of dog food to feed my shih tzu dog?
    I have just adopted her from another home and doesn't like hard kibble. I have tried mixing it with can dog food but she picks around and only eats the can food. Is there a "chewy" dog food we could try?

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      Blue Buffalo. It is sold at pet stores and they have several flavors of their canned food. Has real meat, no corn, wheat, or grain gluten, etc. Those are bad for dogs. Our dog eats it and loves it. The beef flavor smells just like beef stew.

    Is it ok to feed my dogs bread in addition to their dog food?
    My husband works at a restaurant that makes homemade bread and instead of throwing it away at the end of the day my husband is able to bring it home. My husband started giving the dogs a slice here and there for a treat and they absolutely love it. We are wondering if bread is good for their diet or is bad for them. Thanks.
    PS - They do eat dog food. By no means do I mean that we are only going to feed them bread.

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      My dog had dreadful problems, because of this I researched the ingredients of dog food. The experts now say that dogs should not be given grain, dairy food or anything remotely connected with beef. I now feed her a food which excludes the above.

      In retrospect I realise that my other (long gone) dogs had problems which I should have associated with grain. I never gave them bread, however grain is in almost every dog food.Now I know that grain, which is included in bread can cause problems, I now avoid any dog food which contains grain.

      Nevertheless, when my dog is near a lake where people feed the ducks, she often snatches the bread before the ducks can get it. Google "Grain in dog food" and make your own decision.

    What brand of dog food is best?
    There are so many choices of dog food and so many warnings about "bad" dog food. Our puppy will be coming home in a few weeks. The breeder will have been feeding her Purina Pro Plan. The label says this has corn products and poultry by-products(which I thought were bad.) From reading the lables Nurto Natural Choice looks like a good one. Any suggestions? Or is it best to keep her on what the breeder is feeding her?

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      There is no "Best" dog food. There are alot of great foods, but each dog is different and will do better on some foods and not good on others.
      A good website to review foods is www.dogfoodanalysis.com
      Purina is crap by the way, lol.

    What are some good food recipes for dogs?
    I want to start feeding my dog home cooked food for dinner (dog food in the morning, home cooked food in the evening). What are some good recipes that I can prepare for him?
    So far I've tried baked chicken and carrots and he loves it.
    by the way I should add that I am not going to do the whole raw food thing with my dog. so please do not suggest that

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      I feel sorry for your dog. He's really missing out. Raw is the most appropriate food for dogs. You'd be surprised at the health of raw fed dogs. We are able to kiss vet's goodbye. Raw feed dogs have clean, pearly white teeth. No need to brush or take to vet and have them cleaned. No bad doggie breath. No flea problems. Poop does not smell, there is very little of it, and left out in the sun, it turns to white powder and disappears because the dog's digestive system was able to remove all of the nutrients from it. Ever seen a commercially fed dog's poop do that? If you did research on the net, you too would see that raw is the most appropriate way to feed your canines.
      Check out how easy these recipes are:

    How do I get my Yorkshire Terrier (yorkie) to eat actual dog food?
    She was born on November 7th, 2009 and is only 8 weeks old. She was still used to her mom is what we all thought so we gave her milk mixed with very few dog food pieces. When we went over to get her she was eating dog food but now at our home she isn't. Is their any way to get her to eat dog food?

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      An 8 week old dog does not need milk, *especially* cow's milk/regular milk, which is hard for them to digest.

      What type of food are you feeding? Make sure you purchase a *high quality* kibble, such as Innova small bites, Wellness, Taste of the Wild, Merrick or Orijen. She will eat eventually and not let herself starve. Put her kibble out for 15 minutes. If she doesn't eat, take it away and don't put it out again until the next feeding time. Believe me, she will get hungry and eat, IF it is the high quality food her body craves.

      Please note, if you just brought her home, she might be a bit nervous for a couple days until she adjusts to her new surroundings. Bear with her.

    Do you feed your dog commerical food or home made food?
    Do you have recipes for home made dog food?

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      I feed commercial kibble but i buy a higher quality one with less corn and grains. I would like to get into BARF feeding but i just don't have the time or resources right now.

    What is the best dog food for my puppy?
    I have a young Jack Russell Cross she is now 10 months old. Since bringing her home from the dogs trust she has been on Arden Grange puppy/junior which is what she was on at the dogs home. She will never eat her food all at once, and will pick a mouthful up from the bowl and take it across the kitchen and eat it why does she do this? We are looking to change our dog food due to Arden Grange being hard to get hold off. What would people recommend? Dry dog food recommendations only please.

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      Hi there,

      As far as she is concerned your pup thinks she is in a wolf pack. She probably knows by now that you are the boss but like children there is nothing to stop her trying to assert herself.

      Anyway to my point in a pack in the wild any food belongs to the head of the pack and then the followers can have their share after. Any food left around is likely to get eaten unless you are the boss in which case no one would dare touch your food. By leaving her bowl and taking her biscuits to the other side of the room she is saying to you that she can mess about if she likes because you can't touch her food. It's really just her way of acting up.

      Never leave her food down for two reasons. 1 it's not hygienic with flies etc. and 2 if she thinks it's there when she wants it she will be in no rush to eat it and will become a picky eater. Instead offer her food to her three times a day and if it's not eaten within ten minutes pick it up and let her see you do so.

      Obviously if you are going to treat her, never feed her from the table and always make her sit before giving her a treat. If she snatches make a high pitched squeel this may seem a bit of an over reaction but she will think she has heart you and will learn not to snatch.

      As for food, if money isn't an issue I feed my dog and my two pups on Hills Science plan. It is very easy to

    What's the best food to feed a picky dachshund?
    I have four dachshunds, and they are the pickiest eaters. My two female mini dachshunds are very slender, and I sometimes worry that they are not eating enough. They are very entergetic, and seem to have endless amounts of energy. Does anyone know of a brand dog food, or maybe a home made food that is good for dachshunds, as well as appealing to them?

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      You can try some kind of meat product, but then they might get used to eating from the table. Just experiment with different kinds of foods. Try some soft dog food in the can, some dogs that do not like dry food will eat that. Good Luck.

      P.S. How are you? I am ok..miss you tons.

    Did the dog food recall affect your buying habits?
    It's been a while since the dog food recall, but has it had a lasting effect on you?

    Have you switched brands? Did you give up premade dog food all together and move to raw or home-cooked?

    Did you do any of these things temporarily, but go back to a formerly recalled brand after it blew over?

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      Absolutely! I had the misfortune to have been feeding my dogs a wet food sometimes that was recalled. I was scared to death! I had them all tested and they were fine but it was a big expense for me and an eye opener too! I did some real research and asked some question here and through some dog food forums also. I switched all my dogs food over to Canidae and I have to say they are doing so well and they have never looked better either!

    What are the benefits of switching to an expensive premium dog food?
    I'm thinking of switching to Wellness dog food from Beneful and Pedigree puppy chow. But I have one dog a 100lb lab that needs 30lb of dog food a month and a little jack russell puppy. Is the extra expense really worth it?

    What differences have you noticed in your dogs? What brand would you reccomend?

    • ANSWER:
      Well first off the better the dog food the less you feed, lees poop you will have to pick up.. Better dog food is not full of by-products fillers corn soy wheat and other bad ingredients in crap dog food.

      What the difference I've seen, my dogs pooping less my dogs poop dose not stink, I don't feed my dogs as much they don't need allot of food when they eat a high quality dog food..

      I feed my dogs Natures Select, It's not sold in stores it's a high quality home delivery dog food company made in the USA my dogs eat the... Wild Alaskan Salmon and Sweet Potato dog food..
      Now I live in Calif.. Other good dog foods are Taste of the Wild, Innova, Wellness, Blue Buffalo.. And dog food that dose not have, by-products, corn, soy, wheat, some other ingredients used in crap dog food.. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) - know to cause kidney and liver dysfunction

      BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene) - know to cause kidney and liver dysfunction

      Ethoxyquin - suspected of causing cancer

      Propylene glycol (also used as automotive antifreeze) causes destruction of red blood cells-and is also commonly found in many treats such as Pedigree Dentabone/DentaStix etc..

      Here is a a great web site that tells the ugly truth about dog food truthaboutpetfood.htm the truth will make you sick...

    What kind of things do you feed your dog other than dog food?
    I ran out of dog food today so I gave by dog raisin brand... He loves it.. He also eats whatever I eat? How many of you out there are like me?

    • ANSWER:
      Your poor dog. You should have just gone to the store and bought him some food. Wow...I feel sorry for him. I do give my dog a few things besides dog food but not because I am too lazy to go to the store and buy him his own food! If he has an upset tummy I give him rice cooked in chicken broth. He LOVES eggs and if I make some in the morning he always gets one. He also loves yogurt and cottage cheese but doesn't get these very often. Its ok to occasionally feed your dog people food, but if you dont have the energy to go buy him food or you cant afford him please find another home for him where he will be better cared for!

    What can I feed my dog and a pup if not dog food, with the recall of so many pet foods I?
    Many brands of dog food are on recall for contamination. Until I am sure it is all safe what home foods will provide good nutrition for my dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      here is a list of what is safe, for now,

      here is an updated list from the fda on what is not

      when i was a child, we had a puppy, feed him what we ate, he lived to 20 years old, but here are some good links for what to feed...

    Why does my dog eat my other dogs food when we leave the house?
    i have a 9 month old boxer and 1 year old mini poodle. Every time we leave the house, our boxer goes and eats the poodles food. Both
    of the dogs have separate food bowls that are placed on opposite sides of the house. Our boxer knows where its food bowl is, but for some reason when we arent home, or when she thinks no bodys around ( I have caught her on several occasions) she starts to eat the poodles dry dog food. On occasion when we are home, but not looking, the poodle will go eat the boxers food! When we catch them we spray them with bottled water and tell them no! but it seems to keep happening. Can anybody tell me why? Is it jealousy?
    no short answers please, i'd prefer people who can think up an actual reason

    • ANSWER:
      It's not jealousy - it's instinct. They need food, they eat food. They will eat anything that they consider food, within reach.

      These are dogs, not children. Stop with the spray bottle.

      Feed your dogs separately, twice each day. Give them meals, don't free feed. Allow 30 minutes to eat their food, then take the bowls away.

      This is a great way to establish routine, as well as monitor diet and weight. Also helps with bathroom schedule.

      In addition, you will know quickly if one of your dogs is ill, and refuses food.

      Good luck!

    i have a dog 1yr old(terrier cross) he have been habituated to feed by owner how to change this habit?
    his health is going down. he is not eating anything we have tried dog food, home food. Even though he is not interested inn food.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand what "feed by owner" means?

      However, to handle a problem with eating. Associate it with play. Make sure your dog is exercised and to help his appetite. Encourage him by talking to him.

      It may be that he is waiting on some ritual that the former owner did. It may not be the food, but rather the place it is served.

      Try mixing in some cheese.

      Another thing to consider is that your dog may have an actual ailment that is preventing him from eating. Watch his behavior closely. Consider a check-up. Who knows, he may have swallowed something that he can't pass, or have an obstruction.

    How bad is pedigree dog food for dogs?
    My dad just bought home a case of pedigree dog food for our dog. We've been feeding him a good dry food brand regularly, and some days we add in a good brand of wet as a treat.

    I know that pedigree dog food is one of the most unhealthy on the market, but how bad is it? I'm sure it cost my dad a lot of money to get the case of food and I don't want to seem rude or ungrateful about it, so I'm probably going to end up mixing it into my dog's food.

    • ANSWER:
      Thousands of dogs do more than OK on it. Give him 1/4 of a tin a day mixed in with the kibble, but cut back the kibble a little to make up for the extra food.

    What dog food should i be feeding my new dog?
    I just rescued a 3 year old tricolor sheltie. He is the cutest guy ever and i want to feed him the right dog food so he doesn't get sick. What dog food should i feed him? I know there are alot of crap food out there. What dog food do you feed your dog and they do awesome on. I would like to find something that he would like but has no corn and soy in it. Frist few ingredients must be meet. Preferabble fish or turkey. Meat that shelties would eat in the wild. He is about 15 pounds.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have the time and the interest, you could consider home cooked meals. Here's one site with dog food recipe: http://www.monkeysee.com/play/6572-serving-dog-food
      This way, you pick out the content yourself and have complete awareness of quality of product.
      If you want a dog food, consider something that has no recent history of recalled product or repeat recalls in the past years. Some to consider:
      Some dog foods are labeled "organic" or "holistic" but some of these have been recalled due to inferior gluten products that were in other foods recalled during the massive series of recalls that started some years ago.
      Here's a site to keep updated on recalled dog foods:

    What is the best over the counter dog food for diabetic dogs?
    My vet told me Science Diet light is pretty much the same as prescription dog food but my Jack Russell Hates it! Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Main Ingredients for Science Diet Light

      Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Whole Grain Corn, Chicken Liver Flavor, Animal Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Soybean Mill Run, ....'
      Main Ingredients for Prescription Diet w/d Canine Low Fat-Diabetic-Gastrointestinal (same manufacturer as Science Diet)
      Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken by-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Mill Run, Soybean Oil, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Soybean Meal,

      He's right they are close. Personally I'm not impressed with either. Diabetic dogs need more fiber and high quality protein. These have some fiber (whole grain corn, beet pulp, mill run), but the meat is by-product (which can be mostly feathers, beaks, feet, bones).

      The best over-the-counter foods will have some meat product listed as the 1st or 2nd ingredient and it will be identifiable (like "chicken" or "beef"). It will also have high fiber ingredients: anything with "whole grain", oats, most vegetables. They don't have to be prescription dog food.

      OR really consider adding to the dry food with some home-cooked, healthy meals (not table scraps!) that are high in protein and fiber, low in fat.

    What is the best kind of dog food for a chihuahua?
    Other than home cooked meals, what is the best kind of dog food out there?

    • ANSWER:
      Puppy chow my chihuahua loves it!!!

    What do I feed my dog that has quit eating all dog food?
    I have always heard that scraps are bad for dogs. I have a beagle that is 13 years old. She refuses to eat all dog food. This probably sound silly that a beagle won't eat her dog food. I guess it comes with age. What foods is healthy and cheap to feed dogs. She would rather go to skin and bone than eat any dog food. She will eat dog biscuits which gets me to another question. What is in those dog biscuits that taste better than dog food. Should I buy a gigantic bag of dog biscuits instead. What scraps are healthy and cheap?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, beagles can be picky eaters.
      and theres nothing wrong with dog biscuits that a daily vitamin cant fix.
      There are no good scraps as far as dogs are concerned.
      A good home made dog food is cooked rice with lean meat,chicken lamb or beef, and mixed veggies all cooked together.,,Its good for humans too :o}

      I would suggest that you get the old gals teeth checked to make sure thats not part of the picky eating.

    Does anyone make their own dog food for Chihuahuas?
    I am concerned with the dog food recall and want to start making my own dog food. My Chihuahua is 3 1/2 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

    What is the best dog food available in Australia?
    What is the best dog food avalible in Australia. Please do not tell me Canidae is because it is not avalible anywhere in Australia!

    • ANSWER:
      I KNOW!!! I'm in the WA area and all you find is PEDIGREE and Chum and all that other junk.Beleive it or not you may think i'm lying but i'm not! I have to actually order or import Canadae and Merrick dog food from America becoz i don't really like the other foods... Unbeleivable hey? I'd say make a homemade mixture of dog food... i do that with my dogs. I feed them... I feed my dogs a homemade mixture with some Canadae and some Merrick kibble thrown in. My home made mixture contains...

      2 x-tra large liver cookie bones crushed up
      1 raw egg
      2 tablespoons of peanut butter
      2-8 sardines (as much as i really want for a shiny coat, Omega 3 and fish oils)
      1/2 cup of Merrick/Canadae kibble
      Some cooked broccoli
      A pinch of garlic ( tasty smell)
      Some cheese
      Fresh Chicken
      1 cup of rice

      And I add a bit of different meats every now and then. I have 12 dogs and puppies so i got to divide the meals and sometimes add a bit more ingredients if i don't add enough!! They love it and it's yummy so you could try it. All ingredients yummy and healthy. You should try it if you don't mind the hassle of getting the ingredients together the first time you make it. But it's so worth it my dogs love it! It's like a little gourmet meal for your dog! But since you don't have Merrick or Canadae just add some beef or liver in (fresh).

    What brad of dog food should I get for my puppy who is 6 weeks?
    I'm getting a 6 week old puppy (beagle) and I'm not sure what brand of dog food to get the puppy? I'm going to Walmart and need to no thanks for your help! Also do I water the dog food down a little?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't worry about it right now because you shouldn't be bringing the puppy home until it is at least eight weeks old-ten to twelve weeks would be best. During this time it would be getting the manner lessons from it's mother/litter mates. Honestly I would walk away from anyone who wants to re-home a puppy that young,...

      As for food-Don't buy anything from walmart. It's all garbage and will be basically like feeding your dog fast food for every meal. It won't be getting the nutrients it needs. Look into natural and grain free foods. There are a lot. Go to a pet supply store and talk to them, see what they would suggest. Then do your own research and see which one fits your price range/what seems the best for your dog to you

      Add: Actually -it's illegal in most states to re-home a puppy younger then eight weeks old. Just because the pup is no longer nursing from it's mother does not mean it is old enough to be separated from it's litter mates and re-homed. Puppies who are re-homed younger then eight weeks often have issues later on. In socializing with other animals, having 'manners' and otherwise. So while they CAN be re-homed earlier then eight weeks, they shouldn't.

      P.S- You spelled "Stupid" wrong.

    How expensive is it to make homemade dog food?
    About how expensive is it to make homemade dog food? My four dogs (3 large, 1 small) are currently on Science Diet (Large and Small bites) and it costs about -30 a week to feed them all. Does making homemade dog food with quality ingredients generally save money over feeding commercially marketed brands like Science Diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You'll have to do your own math here, based upon the ingedients you wish to us.

      For me, it was slightly more expensive to make my own-- boiled chicken with baked sweet potato and parsley. The parsley was home grown.. I factored that at .0$ because I was using as much in my own cooking as it was for the dog. The split chicken breast I could purchase at about 99cents a pound when I was lucky. Same price for the sweet potato.. so I added the cost of the energy to fire up my stove & stovetop, as well as the price for my time.. And the multiple vitamins I added... Probably +.50 a pound, but it was worth it.

      You can stretch that and reduce the price per pound by 'stretching' the chicken and potato with boiled rice, but of course you have to keep a closer eye on nutrition, since dogs aren't primarily vegetarians, I'd be reluctant to go too heavy on the rice for fear of ill effect.

      So, start with your own recipe, factor in price per pound of the components, divide by the ratio/s in the recipe, then you'll have your price. If you're lucky enough to have a hunter in the family, or can get your hands on free meat, then your cost is reduced accordingly.

    What is the best organic/holistic dog food for a Miniature Schnauzer?
    Either its environmental allergies or its food allergies that are causing our Miniature Schnazuer issues, whatever is the case, we want to find the best brand of dog food for our picky miniature schnauzer. She eats Blue buffalo dry grain free food right now with a couple table spoons of Nature Recipe Farm Stand Selects canned dog food. But the canned food seems to be making her have too soft of poop causing her to have issues as well.


    She is 7 in may.

    • ANSWER:
      Try Taste of the Wild.
      It is antibiotic & chemical free, grain free, with filtered water and is safe for all dog types/sizes.
      They have puppy version and adult version (only the adult version isnt labled "Adult" but the puppy version will say "puppy" in the name.)

      I wanted to feed my dog raw food diet, but after researching the risks of e-coli and salmonella bacteria that can be left/tracked all over the place as a result, I would rather not take the risk of such serious bacteria in my home.

      Then, theres always cooked meat option (which people say is bad because dogs shouldnt eat "cooked meat") but in reality, if your two options are cooked meat, or dog kibble (which is also cooked) then of course cooked meat is way healthier.
      The problem with that though, is you would have to buy organic, antibiotic/chemical free meat in order to avoid all those nasty chemicals in the meat going into your dog.
      Which would be EXPENSIVE.
      UNLESS you happen to know or get in touch with a hunter, that is.

      Just some food for thought. Hope you find the best solution for you and your dog. <3

    How do I get my new dog to eat dog food?
    I just got him about two weeks ago, and he refuses to eat dog food because of his previous owners. They always fed him people food. How can I get him to start eating dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      Our puppy actually is not much of an eater and is very easily distracted. A friend, who is a breeder, suggested crating him during meals. He gets 20 minutes to eat in the morning, then I put the food up/away if he hasn't eaten. The same thing at night. Within a couple of days, he would eat the instant the food went in the crate, the entire contents of the bowl.
      As for making the switch, I don't think he'll starve himself, so I'd just go cold turkey and go with whatever food you're switching him to. Remember though, diet changes and the new home may cause some tummy troubles- he may get the runs for a few days!
      People food isn't necessarily a bad thing- it depends on the quality of the diet. Our food tends to be too seasoned and fatty for dogs, but some people do cook special meals for their dogs (in fact, it's very common for ill dogs to be ordered to eat boiled chicken and rice). And many many people choose to feed RAW diets, because they believe it's closer to the wild dog's natural diet. So the "people food" thing may not have been the worst thing ever, if they fed him a dog appropriate diet. If they were tossing him cheetos and hot dogs, that's a whole other story.

    I would like to begin feeding my dog home cooked meals?
    He currently gets wellness dog food. How can I transition him from that food to home cooked dog food without making him ill? Suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I like Dogaware as a site to start learning about cooking for your dog and canine nutrition.


    What is a good dog food to get my new puppy?
    I would say she's six to eight weeks old. But I'm adopting her and I can't be sure. But what's the best dog food I can get for her? Preferably something Walmart provides.

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot reccomend any brand of dog food, I can only reccomend raw feeding. Feeding a dog raw is the healthiest thing you could EVER do for the dog, and when you know how to look for food, it can be cheaper than high-quality food. I even know people that are able to feed it for free.
      Not only is it good for them internally, but it prevents dental disease. By the age of 3, 80% of dogs have dental problems - this is practically non-existant in raw-fed dogs.

      Myths about raw feeding:

      The Facebook group for raw feeding - they know everything there is to know about raw feeding:

      As you can see from this picture of my dog, she is very healthy. Extremely shiny, soft coat, great muscle tone, etc.

      My raw-fed dog's teeth;

    Recipes for home made dogs food that are healthy for my Maltese?
    I have asked a question regarding if Cesar is a good dog food because it is the only thing my dog likes. And they all said it was a crappy dog food but im worried because its the only thing she eats minus dog treats and well some house food. (Meat, chicken etc.) Are there any home recipes that taste like Cesar dog food but are healthier?? PLeASE HELP!!!!! :D

    • ANSWER:
      You should consider a raw diet. Prey model diet consists of 80% raw meat, 10% raw bone, 5% liver, and 5% other organs.

      Or just buy a quality food and don't offer anything else. If left with no other options she'll eat it eventually. A healthy dog won't starve itself.

      Fruits, vegetables and grains are completely unnecessary in a dog's diet.

    How much dry dog food should I feed my 1.5 yr old shih tzu?
    Oliver is just over a year and a half old, and he is an indoor dog. I take him on walks around the block three times a day, and to the park throughout the week. However, when I am at work he stays home and pretty much sleeps around. Currently I am feeding him a 1/2 cup of dry dog food in the morning and 1/2 cup in the late afternoon. Everything I've found online seems to agree with this but I want some personal answers. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my little dogs 1/2 a cup twice a day. Sometimes a little more if they look hungry. As long as he's not skinny or fat that should be the perfect amount for him.

    How can I make home-made dog food?
    I got a yorkie shes 4.5 lbs and she like won't eat any commercial dog food, I've tried dry and wet she wont eat it. However, she has no issue eating her treats and my food off the dish. Are there any "people food" that are good for dogs that I can mix up and put in her bowl? She loves meat and veggies, and tries to eat fruit but I usually stop her.

    • ANSWER:
      She won't eat her food because you're giving her treats and your food. DUH. Why would she eat the dog food when she's already being fed? Feed her nothing but her food, no treats and no human food. She'll eat when she's hungry.

make dog food at home