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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-20-2019, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Home Cooking?

I am thinking about trying to do some home cooking for Merry and just wondering if anyone else here does an alternative diet or cooks food for their dog. If so any recommendations on cook books or any other advice you can offer?

I was initially concerned about getting the nutrients properly balanced.

She's been a picky eater. Rather, I should say she typically starts off loving a new food. For the first few weeks she's enthusiastic. That gradually wears off to the point where she doesn't want to eat at all.

Then on top of that, there's been so much concern about the foods and quality controls.

Do any of you make food at home for your pups?
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I am thinking about trying to do some home cooking for Merry and just wondering if anyone else here does an alternative diet or cooks food for their dog. If so any recommendations on cook books or any other advice you can offer?

I was initially concerned about getting the nutrients properly balanced.

She's been a picky eater. Rather, I should say she typically starts off loving a new food. For the first few weeks she's enthusiastic. That gradually wears off to the point where she doesn't want to eat at all.

Then on top of that, there's been so much concern about the foods and quality controls.

Do any of you make food at home for your pups?
Picky eating and home cooking are two different issues. You have total control of the picky eating... that is a learned behavior... she is training yu. (very well... Havanese are smart! )

Home cooking can be a very good option IF it is done REALLY WELL. It can also be the VERY WORST option if you don't know what you are doing. I strongly suggest that you talk to Dave's friend, Sabine (he can give you the contact info) to help you develop a nutritionally balanced diet if you decide to home cook. If not Sabine, at least consult with another experienced canine nutrition specialist. This forum is NOT the place to learn this.
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I feed my dogs a raw homemade diet. But as Karen says, this needs to be properly balanced or you can have some issues. The main problem is not getting the calcium phosphorus ratio correct. This can result in the leaching of calcium from their bones resulting in some skeletal issues. However, to avoid this you just have to make sure that you provide an adequate amount of raw meaty bones. The diet also needs to include the appropriate amount of organ meats because that is where they get many vital nutrients. There are also different schools of thought on whether or not dogs need veggies. I have been raw feeding for 8 years and my dogs are super healthy and love their food. However, as Karen suggested I wonder if you could consult an expert to guide you through this. I believe some holistic vets provide guidance also. I have read a few books on it but very confusing and differing opinions. Before I fed my homemade raw I fed my dogs commercial raw food by Natureís Variety. You might want to start with that since it is balanced. When I switched my dogs from kibble to Natureís Variety raw there was an awesome difference in them. It is also helpful to have a holistic vet that supports raw feeding. The one downside of raw feeding is if your dog has any issue, a vet who does not support raw feeding will immediately blame the raw food and this can result in them not finding the root cause of something. I made some blunders when I first started feeding a homemade diet, however I believe it is the best thing I have done for my dogs. And once you see how much your dog will love itís food, you will not be able to turn back.
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Picky eating and home cooking are two different issues. You have total control of the picky eating... that is a learned behavior... she is training yu. (very well... Havanese are smart! )

Home cooking can be a very good option IF it is done REALLY WELL. It can also be the VERY WORST option if you don't know what you are doing. I strongly suggest that you talk to Dave's friend, Sabine (he can give you the contact info) to help you develop a nutritionally balanced diet if you decide to home cook. If not Sabine, at least consult with another experienced canine nutrition specialist. This forum is NOT the place to learn this.
ditto ... here's Sabine's email [email protected]

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Yes. I have been very hesitant about trying to go the home cooking route for reasons mentioned — getting the nutrients right, needing to know what they need and that the commercial food would have that all figured out.
And of course the various convenience issues — keeping up with making what they need and if traveling what to do away from home.
I just started giving it more thought due to these recalls and get current issues with the skin and possible allergies.
Re being a picky eater. Yes! She is training us — my husband in particular. She’s got him wrapped around her little paw.
Ever since the day when we were visiting the puppies at the breeder’s house and we were sitting on the floor and she walked over and climbed up on his lap and curled up to take a nap. Then her sisters did the same. But she was the one who picked my husband and settled in for a nap.
When I say she’s picky, she seems to start off liking a food and does well on it for a few months. But then after a few months gets bored and then eventually walks up to the bowl, cautiously sniffs and walks away.
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Dave: thanks for Sabine’s email. I will reach out to her.
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