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05-08-2014 11:19 PM
MustLoveGSDs
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Originally Posted by Timsar View Post
Thanks.

This might sound stupid but does feeding raw meat make the dog more aggressive?

That is a myth.

2 GSDs, 2 Dobermans(one on raw), and 1 husky in this video at meal time:
http://instagram.com/p/iy_zyLBGNL/
05-07-2014 08:51 PM
CharlieB.Barkin
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Originally Posted by Lauri & The Gang View Post
The downside is that your dog might not want to go back to eating kibble.

Seriously, there really is NO downside. I have been feeding raw (meat and bones) to my dogs for over 15 years. In that time I have fed over 2 TONS (that's 4 THOUSAND POUNDS) of raw meat with (and without) bones to my dogs. Never had one get sick from eating it, never had bones puncture their insides either.

What I have had are German Shepherd that shed very little, Chinese Cresteds with great skin (a serious problem in the breed), a Cocker Spaniel that NEVER had ear problems and so on.
How do you feed raw meat to your Chinese Crested's? I have a toy poodle and I'm not sure how to feed bones to her because of her size.
05-07-2014 08:18 PM
Lauri & The Gang
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Originally Posted by Timsar View Post
Thanks.

This might sound stupid but does feeding raw meat make the dog more aggressive?
Raw meat will not make a dog aggressive but it COULD cause them to become possessive.

Think of it this way. I give you $5 and then I decide I'm going to fight you to get it back. How much of an effort are you going to put into keeping me away from that $5?? Now what if I give you $50,000 and try to take it away? You would probably put up a BIG fight to protect that, wouldn't you?

To dogs that have been fed kibble all their lives, raw meat can seem like that $50,000. They might try to guard it - something known a food aggression. It is a problem that can easily be fixed with proper training.

This is an old picture but one I always bring out when people ask this question. This was my boy Remi, eating his chicken leg quarter next to a baby chicken I was raising, who was eating his chicken food!

05-07-2014 08:14 PM
Lauri & The Gang
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Originally Posted by E.Hatch View Post
I'm all for feeding raw and my dog loves it. I'm just saying there are still risks involved even with a properly balanced diet. Choking, obstruction, perforation, parasites etc.
Again, I've been feeding raw for over 15 years and in that time I've fed over 2 TONS of raw meat with bones to over a dozen dogs of my own and many foster dogs. I've fed raw to my pregnant bitches, my puppies are weaned to raw and the very old and sick Husky I adopted years ago was switched right to raw and thrived.

Choking - once (my Corgi mix tried to inhale a turkey neck)
Obstruction - Never
Perforation - Never
Parasites - Never

An unbalanced diet can cause problems but there is little risk in a proper raw diet.
05-07-2014 07:32 PM
Timsar Thanks.

This might sound stupid but does feeding raw meat make the dog more aggressive?
05-07-2014 05:59 PM
E.Hatch I'm all for feeding raw and my dog loves it. I'm just saying there are still risks involved even with a properly balanced diet. Choking, obstruction, perforation, parasites etc. To me the benefits outweigh the risks (especially considering there's also risks in feeding kibble) but still, one should be aware.


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05-07-2014 05:46 PM
Galathiel I think she's talking no downside to a proper raw diet. Yeah, you can certainly muck up your dog if you don't do your due diligence, but what are the downsides to a properly fed raw diet?
05-07-2014 05:13 PM
E.Hatch I think it's misleading to say there's NO downside to raw feeding. There are risks you need to be aware of before you start throwing raw meat to your dog. You definitely need to do your homework.

Lauri's website is very helpful http://www.rawdogranch.com




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05-07-2014 04:43 PM
Lauri & The Gang
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Originally Posted by Timsar View Post
What are the downside and upsides of feeding a dog real meat (steak, chicken, etc) instead of the dog food that has those nutrients in it?
The downside is that your dog might not want to go back to eating kibble.

Seriously, there really is NO downside. I have been feeding raw (meat and bones) to my dogs for over 15 years. In that time I have fed over 2 TONS (that's 4 THOUSAND POUNDS) of raw meat with (and without) bones to my dogs. Never had one get sick from eating it, never had bones puncture their insides either.

What I have had are German Shepherd that shed very little, Chinese Cresteds with great skin (a serious problem in the breed), a Cocker Spaniel that NEVER had ear problems and so on.
05-07-2014 04:08 PM
E.Hatch http://rawfed.com

http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html

http://www.rawfeddogs.net/Terms/

Here's a few sites that will probably answer most of your questions. There's also a raw feeding/barf section in this forum that has a lot of info.

Good luck!


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