My pup comes home in two weeks and I've gotten pretty much everything lined up and ready for her. Just finding a vet and getting her diet figured out is all thats left. There is SO MUCH information I'm feeling overwhelmed.
With my dogs in the past I didn't really know what to get and my dogs honestly didn't seem to mind my choice that much. I realize now that it wasn't the best way to go so with Olive I want to start off on the right path.
I read the intro guide from PreyModelRaw and it's pretty much my plan. I've also talked to the folks at my local Schutzhund club and talked with some a reputable breeder who uses only Raw. She gave me a great connection with TexasTripe.com and recommended the pre-mix.
Texas Tripe has a mix called All Star Bully Mix which is " Made from ground up free range chicken frames, Chicken liver, chicken hearts, Beef muscle meat, and beef liver, with grass fed beef tripe"
They have everything else I could ever really want as well, but I figured a mix like that for a while would be a good start.
She comes home on a thursday, I will probably feed her her night time meal of kibble to just close out the last day.
Her mom looks to weigh 70-75lbs so I was thinking 1.5lbs a day, split into .5 per meal or less if I supplement meal food for training treats .
Week 1&2: Chicken Backs, then quarters.
Week 3&4: Start on the mix.
Week 5&6: Mix in with fish
Week 7&8: Mix in with fish/pork
Beyond: Mix and match..
For Treats I was looking at the Wellness Pure, ZiwiPeak, or just cooking up some liver and/or Bacon.
Supplements wise the feed-sentials stuff gets great reviews on the forum. They have a 3 pack of the Sunday, She-emp, and K9.
1. Am I missing anything?
2. Any additional advice or am I on the right path?
3. What about eggs? When should I start those?
4. I see some folks say yes supplements, some say no.. Some say it could be toxic which freaks me out.
5.With your pups/dogs what's your time from meal to bathroom? I live in an apartment so timing will be essential.
6. I'm a single guy with just a bottle of vodka in my freezer, will it be enough space or should I look for a small chest freezer or something?
7. Should I skip her nighttime meal thursday or start her then? I figured feeding her kibble one more time would help with the crazyness of the day.
I think that's it for now, I love this forum, it's been a real help. I appreciate any advice in advance.
PS Heres a pic of Olive at 4 weeks:
And a pic of her mom outside the kennel when I made my visit: