Whether you are starting on a raw food diet for dogs or trying to switch to a raw food diet, you may find your creativity is challenged. But for the good of your dog, it is worth it to make the shift. Ultimately you want a healthy dog that lives a long, happy life.
Fortunately, there are some tips to help your dog adjust to a healthier diet along with using raw food recipes. Here is a sneak peek at what you can expect when you purchase Going Rawr Dog Lover’s Compendium.
5 Tips To A Raw Food Diet For Dogs
1. Adjust your feeding schedule.
A set feeding schedule works well for some dogs as they will be more open to trying new food. Other than being used to being fed at a certain time, you can be certain that they are hungry by the time you give them their food.
We all work up an appetite after vigorous exercise, so you can be sure that your dog will be more receptive to your introduction of raw food recipes by taking him or her (or them) for a good run or long walk, then waiting a little before feeding your dog.
2. Regulate how much food your dog is getting.
If your dog is struggling to finish his serving of food, you may want to re-examine the quantity of food you give him. It may be too much for him to consume.
One way to help your dog finish his food and finish it within a reasonable amount of time, is to set a certain amount of time for him to eat. After, say, 20 minutes you can take away his food bowl. He will then be encouraged to eat it within a reasonable time frame.
The reason you want to do this is because with a raw food diet for dogs, you don’t want to leave food lying around. This will allow bacteria to grow on your dog’s food, which could cause a stomach upset when your dog consumes the contaminated food.
3. Monitor treats
If your dog is often disinterested in his food, it could be time to examine what food your dog is getting outside of his meals.
Does he get to snack while you are preparing his raw food? What about when the family sits down for
dinner, does he get a bite as well? What about when you are snacking and he gives you those sad puppy dog eyes as if to say “are you going to share that with me?”…drool …..drool….
Treats can turn into snacks, which will only spoil your dog’s appetite during meal time. So if your dog seems full during meal times, be aware of too many snacks.
4. Variety is the spice of life
When deciding to change to a raw food diet for dogs, having variety is a key to keeping him interested. If you are feeding him the same kind of food all the time, it won’t be a surprise if there comes a time when he’s just not that interested in the same old thing.
Planning a varied meal doesn’t have to be complicated. You can rotate his meals every 3 days. Serve different kinds of meat or different kinds of fruits and vegetables to keep him excited during meal times.
5. Switch slowly
Some dogs just need more time to adjust to raw food diet especially after being so used to a different type of food for a long time. To facilitate his adjustment, you might want to consider doing the slow switch method. To do this, mix his old diet with the new diet, gradually increasing the proportion of the new raw food diet, until such time when you are feeding him just raw food. This will allow him to acquire a taste for raw food at a less stressful pace.
Introducing the raw food diet to your dog isn’t always as easy as just giving him raw meaty bones to munch on. There are a lot of things to consider, especially if your dog is the sensitive/picky eater type.
“Going Rawr! Dog Lover’s Compendium” is a great resource . If you have a dog or a puppy that you want to raise on a raw food diet, the expert tips and guidance will go a long way in helping you make the transition as easy and as pleasant as possible for both you and your pet!
I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment below and tell me how you are going with your raw food diet for dogs.
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I’m no medical expert and information contained on this blog is written with the aim of furthering your education on health and raw food. It is your responsibility as to how you use this information and I cannot be held liable for any misinterpretation or misuse of the information provided.