Good question. I guess if it isn't a hassle for you and they seem to be growing and healthy it might be all right. I wouldn't leave raw just out, though, and make sure you clean that crate floor well after they are done eating. What type of bowls do you use? My boy got fussy about his bowl, not liking to eat out of his stainless steel bowl. He has a ceramic pie plate for a dish and my gal has a ceramic bowl. Their water is in the stainless steel, though. He learned to deal with it.
I give my dogs a small breakfast with a time limit. If it isn't eaten I put it way. They get a larger dinner. They also might get some quality snacks throughout the day for training. I do try to keep the food from becoming the same old kibble each time by adding a boiled egg in their breakfast portion and a heaping tablespoon of various flavored canned food in the evening portion. Then they get a "dessert" of a trachea or a crunchy carrot.
I've never had a picky eater dog before getting a GSD. It used to be if my dogs didn't eat that meant they weren't feeling well. But I think our dogs can be more discriminating.
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