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Thinking about trying home cooked meals

I meant for Benjy, not us. LOL Seriously though, we bought a new stove and are doing a lot better about eating at home.

Sue and I have talked about making food for Benjy. He seems so perky if you give him a little chicken. I just saw a video on a recipe elsewhere that looked like a great idea, but then people disagreed with the ingredients in the comments. Like they can't digest this, or that is bad for him etc.

Does homemade completely replace store bought? Or is it ok to give him store bought when you run out of the homemade? Can you alternate?

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yes homecooking can completely replace commercial food. although once you home cook you may not get him to eat commercial again especially kibble.. If you home cook you need to follow a nutritionists plan or a book that is written by a reputable nutritionist such as
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Sabine has helped many people with this on the forum here. I highly recommend her. She is very reasonable and you'll end up with a plan for YOUR dog, .

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Great!

I was hoping someone would give us a lead in the right direction! Thanks


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yes homecooking can completely replace commercial food. although once you home cook you may not get him to eat commercial again especially kibble.. If you home cook you need to follow a nutritionists plan or a book that is written by a reputable nutritionist such as
monica segal Optimal Nutrition

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Sabine has helped many people with this on the forum here. I highly recommend her. She is very reasonable and you'll end up with a plan for YOUR dog, .

I agree with Dave,
I got a diet consultation (and re consultation) for Teddy through Sabine. She's really good and tailored his diet to what he likes as well as to what was available in shops out here (mostly meat and organs).

Teddy is really happy with his home cooked diet (he goes on hunger strike on the few occasions where he had to be fed dog food)

I had asked Sabine if I could also give kibble in addition to the diet and she refused. I was asked to cut out all commercial treats and Kibble and use what was in the plan as it was nutritionally balanced (I try in most cases but its too hard not to give him extras every now and then).
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I think that is a good idea Benjy will love it. Davegabby is right on the difficulty of getting him back on kibble.
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Teddy is really happy with his home cooked diet (he goes on hunger strike on the few occasions where he had to be fed dog food)

I had asked Sabine if I could also give kibble in addition to the diet and she refused. I was asked to cut out all commercial treats and Kibble and use what was in the plan as it was nutritionally balanced (I try in most cases but its too hard not to give him extras every now and then).
Benjy won't eat his kibble until he sees if we are going to give him chicken. I bet he would go on hunger strikes.

When we take Benjy to training classes, they always have us use reward treats for something done right. But then you wean them off the treats. I wonder how I would deal with not being allowed to have treats.


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Teddy's plan has a generous amount of food and has a very high proportion of meat and organs.

I boil the chicken in his plan and chop it into tiny pieces to use as treats.... He loves chicken and I know exactly what he's eating!
It's enough food to cover meals and treats and you could probably ask who ever you ask to develop the home cooked diet to add in an allowance for the training treats you use.
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For those that Sous Vide, plain chicken makes for very easy treats to keep in the fridge. You can cook it very low temps (130-140F) so you don't overcook. Also you lose a lot less nutrients as you would with traditional boiling. I usually cook in larger batches, and freeze the excess.
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I feed my two Doctor Harvey's Veg to Bowl. This is a mix that you add any protein to, cooked or raw. My two LOVE it. I get the fine ground but the regular type has whole green beans and other veggies. I make a batch once a week and switch between cooked proteins, beef, chicken, turkey, buffalo. My two have no issues with any of the proteins I've used. They are a nice company to deal with and will answer any questions you might have. This is a nice in choice between prepared and totally home cooked.

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For those that Sous Vide, plain chicken makes for very easy treats to keep in the fridge. You can cook it very low temps (130-140F) so you don't overcook. Also you lose a lot less nutrients as you would with traditional boiling. I usually cook in larger batches, and freeze the excess.
That sounds great. We just got a Foodsaver (like a seal-a-meal) and we could freeze batches so they stay fresh.

Per the dog training treats -- we already cut the chicken into small cubes to make him think he is getting more. (We can give him 3 plates with a little on each, but spread around.) So he would already be accepting of the little pieces.

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