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Old 08-30-2013, 03:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so I'm deciding to switch over to raw feeding my pup. He's 4 weeks and 11 days old weighing 52 pounds.

I'm currently feeding him TOTW twice a day. He comes from a working line so he has some good energy and gets regular excercising. He starts shutzhund after finishing his basic obedience soon.

So I'd like to know some basics on raw feeding as far as what, how much, what not to feed, benefits, etc...

I'm sure there's post on here about it but I'm hoping this post will help others having the same questions....

So any input is appreciated and I'm ready to hear everyone's expertise😁


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Basics:

Feed about 2lbs a day as a rule of thumb. Every dog is different, so some will need more, some less. Watch your pup and adjust up and down as needed.

GENERAL ratios: 30% RMB (Raw Meaty Bone), 60% MM (Muscle Meat), 10% OM (Organ Meat)

Examples of:

RMB: Chicken with bone in it, pork hock, rabbit with bone, raw fish (most dogs will eat raw fish frozen - mine won't eat it raw)

MM: chicken breast, ground beef, beef heart, pork shoulder butt, beef or pork tongue

OM: chicken livers, beef liver, pork liver, pork spleen, kidney, etc

Some great cheap sources of RMB are a bit more boney (turkey necks, chicken backs) so add more MM to balance out the ratios.

Variety OVER TIME: Variety is VERY important: basics should be chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish - look to add: lamb, venison, rabbit, etc . . . any or other source of protein you an think of. I've fed moose, deer, buffalo, duck, quail - others have sourced llama, etc.

Stuff I add on a regular basis: raw eggs, sardines, canned tuna.

Some dogs may have food sensitivities and not be able to tolerate chicken or turkey or pork, for example. It is normal for the dogs to have loose stool when first switching over to raw as their system adjusts to it, but shouldn't last more than a few days. If it last more than a week, they may be intolerant of source of protein. So switch over one source of protein at a time and watch your dog.

For example: First week on raw, chicken only for the first few days, then add a little bit of chicken OM (chicken livers).

Second week on raw: chicken and beef only. Use beef MM only at first, then try some OM, add some beef liver instead of the chicken liver and see how he does.

Third week: add some pork, and so on.

These are basics to start. As you introduce raw feeding to your pup, continue reading and gathering info to you will have a wider understanding of the principles of raw feeding.
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I assume you meant 4 months and 11 days?
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Thanks for all the input

My cousin owns a butcher shop so I'm lucky for that

Also found a poultry butcher that sells everything as far as poultry and poultry parts

I'm stoked to see how this goes!Raw feeding basics please:)-imageuploadedbypg-free1377894564.322826.jpg


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Well you're all set then! Lucky!

My favorite raw feeding book is "Give Your Dog a Bone" by Ian Billinghurst.

Amazon.com: Give Your Dog a Bone: The Practical Commonsense Way to Feed Dogs for a Long Healthy Life (9780646160283): Ian Billinghurst: Books Amazon.com: Give Your Dog a Bone: The Practical Commonsense Way to Feed Dogs for a Long Healthy Life (9780646160283): Ian Billinghurst: Books


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Well you're all set then! Lucky!

My favorite raw feeding book is "Give Your Dog a Bone" by Ian Billinghurst.

Amazon.com: Give Your Dog a Bone: The Practical Commonsense Way to Feed Dogs for a Long Healthy Life (9780646160283): Ian Billinghurst: Books


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Wasn't able to upload a video but here's his first meal😬

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Licked it clean👍


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Well you're all set then! Lucky!

My favorite raw feeding book is "Give Your Dog a Bone" by Ian Billinghurst.

Amazon.com: Give Your Dog a Bone: The Practical Commonsense Way to Feed Dogs for a Long Healthy Life (9780646160283): Ian Billinghurst: Books


Lots of info right here on the forum, and on Laurie's website, one of our Mods here:

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What does the breast bone and chickens back count as ?

Mm or rmb?

Should I even let my pup eat it?
Also what about chicken feet and chickens head?



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Licked it clean👍

Don't forget. They love eggs.
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What does the breast bone and chickens back count as ?

Mm or rmb?

Should I even let my pup eat it?
Also what about chicken feet and chickens head?
Chicken breast with the spine would be a very meaty RMB.

Most chicken backs have been stripped of all meat so they are a very boney RMB.

Chicken feet and heads would be straight bone.

All can be fed to a dog, you just have to adjust the other items in their diet.

For example, I feed 50% Muscle Meat, 45% Raw Meaty Bones and 5% Organ Meat. If I was going to use chicken feet or heads as my RMB, because they are much more B than M I would change the percentages for that DAY to 30% Chicken Feet and make up the rest in Muscle Meat.

You are looking for a balance over time - meaning a few days or even a week. You do NOT need to feed a diet that is 100% balanced EACH DAY. Nature did not design the dog with that type of need.
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