T-Minus 3 Weeks Time to get the Diet Plan Down
I have about 3 weeks until I bring home my 8wk old baby.
I started originally wanting to do RAW, then after getting a bit worried about getting nutrition right in a puppy, decided to go high end kibble for about a year and then transition over to RAW (Seems that adults are easier than puppies when it comes to very specific nutritional balance)
Now I am back on the wanting to go RAW track. I have sourced cost at the Asian markets, there is a good place to order from online that is not far away, I looked at the cost of getting a freezer chest to put on the back patio so I can buy in bulk and store it easily.
Most of the logistics are out of the way. At this point I just need to focus in and work out the fine details.
Some of these are:
1.) How much and how many times a day to feed my puppy. I see some sites referece her Adult weight, while others reference her current weight. As for # of times a day. I was going to do 2x a day, but I read that puppies do better if fed less more often so would try to bring that up to 3x a day if my other half can come home for lunch to feed.
2.) Food type/ratio I know its "easy" for adults but the puppy specific needs are what have me a bit worried. I assume as long as I stick to the 80/10/10 Meat/Organ/Bone that all my nutritional needs will be met and she will be healthy, and I could add supplements if needed but I feel that this diet is supposed to be "prey model" so really nothing should need to be added.
3.) Treats, I want to try praise rewarding as much as possible, but at first food rewards may work a bit better until our relationship is built. Its not hard to give some kibble as a treat, but I am not exactly going to go around giving her a piece of raw chicken for following each command. What is a good innexpensive treat that can mix with raw without causing the digestion issues associated with raw/kibble mixed.
I am sure to have more questions, but this can atleast get some ideas flowing and some questions answered. Thants Everyone.