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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-27-2010, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Mixing Wet into Dry food..

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/diet-nutrition/136585-best-canned-food-2.html

Basing off that thread, is anyone else/is it common having problems with their dog not eating the dry food unless mixed in with something?

I currently mix in a spoon of some Halo Beef canned food, and add a BIT of warm water, making the spoonful into a gravy/soupy like mixture, and my dog will eat the food..

I also sometimes mix in a spoonful of plain yogurt w/ no corn syrup, and w/ active cultures, and she likes that too.

My question(s) are..
- Any tips/suggestions on what's safe to "mix" in besides canned dog food/yogurt?
- Can she gradually be fed less and less wet mixture, and probably eat 100% dry kibble?

Just trying to see alternative methods because buying canned food (even with coupons) is quite expensive as it adds up for a broke college student just wanting the best for his dog. :P

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-27-2010, 06:52 AM
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I use Blue Buffalo dry with a 1/2 can of blue buffalo wet.
it is very expensive though...I sometimes cringe at petsmart. Raven loves it though. Stools are good.
I do give her beef rib bones. I tried it raw and she would not touch it ( she is a dork, she kept looking at me like what is this?....lolol So I did cook it just a few minutes...and she thought it was christmas.....lolol

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We were mixing wet with dry as well, and he liked it. Then he seemed to prefer the crunchiness of the dry - so we've been reducing the amount of wet with the dry.

I keep hearing about Blue Buffalo but the price tag is a little scary!
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You can mix with real beef or chicken and it's cheaper than BB canned.
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i mix my dogs kibble with
some combination of the following
at every meal. sometimes i'll give my dog
a can of food without anything mixed in.

raw ground beef. <
cooked boneless&skinless chicken breast. <
apples, pears. <
organic plain yogurt. <
cold pressed salmon oil > <
cold pressed flax seed oil. <
rice, quinoa, millet. <
fish. <
veggies. <
table scraps (depending). <
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when i mix can food with the kibble
i give my dog 2 table spoons of can. i'm
usuing the can food for flavor.

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I use Blue Buffalo dry with a 1/2 can of blue buffalo wet.
it is very expensive though...I sometimes cringe at petsmart.
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Axl's on 2 cups Diamond Natural dry mixed with 1/3 can Blue Buffalo, twice a day. The noon meal is straight dry.

Blue Buffalo's $1.99 a can for me at TSC.
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

I was hoping someone would say something like "I mix a little bit of chicken broth in with the dry food" or something along the lines of that.

I guess I'll wait until the next sale on Halo/Wellness/Merrick/BB canned foods..

For now, I'll stick to mixing in some plain yogurt, and talk to my parents about getting some beef.




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sometimes we'll cook a whole chicken
in the pressure cooker. my dog gets all
of that. i strain it to make sure all of the bones
are broken down. i put the strained part and what's
left in the pot in several containers and freeze.
if you have enough room in your feezer you can
freeze ready to serve portions.

fresh chicken broth. i perfer giving that to my
dog as oppossed to can broth.

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Thanks for the replies everyone!

I was hoping someone would say something like "I mix a little bit of chicken broth in with the dry food" or something along the lines of that.

I guess I'll wait until the next sale on Halo/Wellness/Merrick/BB canned foods..

For now, I'll stick to mixing in some plain yogurt, and talk to my parents about getting some beef.


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I don't usually mix anything in with the dry food. All five dogs are nutso for the dry.

In the past, I have had dogs be finicky about the dry food, but finally came down to just standing my ground with them on it. All eventually got with the eating thing really well.

I don't feed regular meals much. They get their kibble during training sessions and as rewards for requested behaviors throughout the day. I think the lack of predictability and the working for it may help make it pretty valuable to them.
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