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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-23-2011, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hi All. I've been home cooking for Eli for a couple of months following recipes I found here and online (be very careful surfing for home cooked dog food recipes on the web as my computer contracted a viscious virus and had to be totally wiped). I've made stews with veggies. I've switched up the veggies and also tried ground beef instead of small meat chunks. I've tried adding a tiny bit of salt, other dog-approved spices, and no sodium beef broth. You name it, I've tried it. He seems totally put off to it. Guess I'm a pretty lousy cook, huh?

Now we're in the situation where he won't eat dry food, canned food, raw food or home cooked food! The vet says to feed him twice a day but I'd be thrilled if he ate even one meal a day! I have to leave him for a week with my family and they are freaked out about the fact he might not eat the whole time.

What do you do to make your home cooked meals flavorful so your fur babies eat?
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In my opinion changing a dogs food on a daily basis confuses them and makes them picky eaters. Dogs don't taste like humans do--they don't have near as many taste buds. Pick a food and give it to the dog twice a day. Take it up after 20 minutes or so if he doesn't eat. When the dog gets hungry he will eat and eat anything.
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In my opinion changing a dogs food on a daily basis confuses them and makes them picky eaters. Dogs don't taste like humans do--they don't have near as many taste buds. Pick a food and give it to the dog twice a day. Take it up after 20 minutes or so if he doesn't eat. When the dog gets hungry he will eat and eat anything.
I don't change his food on a daily basis (the move from dry to home cooked happened over a year), but you're right in that one batch of home cooked food doesn't taste exactly like the other even when I follow the same recipe. I'm trying to find a recipe he likes and will stick to it, but I've yet to be success which I guess is why I change around the veggies I include.
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I agree with Lucille, pick something and STICK to it!!

I'll tell you what I do for Tillie. everyweek. every time is nearly exactly the same. and she will probably eat like this for the rest of her life, very little variation at all!

she gets ground beef, squash, cauliflower, kale and spinach
vitamin/mineral mix I make myself per directions from Sabine.

I steam and measure the veggies, while cooking the hamburger, then puree the veggies and pour mix into the hamburger.
Tillie also gets sweet potato.

sooooo... that's what we do!
Also, I have started makine enough veggies to last a month (freezing) and enough sweet potato to last 2 weeks at a time. saves me a ton of time!!

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Ellie, I looked up where I had seen about dog's taste buds. They have one-sixth the taste buts as a human. They only taste sweet, sour, bitter, etc. In other words they don't get the difference in taste between foods unless one is bitter and the other sweet for instance. The experts think that their sense of smell is what makes them eat one thing over another. Probably most of the dogs eat the same kibble for their whole life. I know that my outside protection dog did. And he was always waiting for his meal and never seemed to tire of it.
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I am feeding home cooked as per Sabine - just like Tammy - but my recipe is different since Sabine designs a plan based on the individual dog. Every week Henry gets a combination of beef, dark meat turkey, cod, eggs, sweet pot, regular potato, broccoli, apples, and a tiny bit of oyster and beef liver. A custom formulated blend of supplements and vitamins is added to the food as per Sabines instructions. Henry likes it and I believe it is good for him. It is a pain in the butt to prepare but I do it once a month. Afterwards my floor and counters are covered with food and it is all over me too but the job is done!!! I hope I can keep it up. Good luck to you.

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Nancy - Sounds like I need to schedule a call with Sabine! I'm cooking every few days which is a total pain so the idea of once a month sounds like heaven!

Tammy - Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try it. I have not been putting his veggies through the blender, just chopping finely. Sounds like it may be more palatable if he doesn't see what he's eating.

Lucille - I still think it's my cooking but let's just say it's their taste buds which are the problem
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When Jasper was a puppy I home cooked. Cause he would not eat anthing for very long. I used the book Barker's Grub. he would not eat any of it. I found from trial and error, for their meals (from your meals anything goes) they like things plain. no spices, no broth, just meat, a little veggie and a little carbs if you are feeding carb. I realize now my trying to please him created a monster. When I gave up, I bought a million brands of kibbles and which ever one he ate on testing I kept giving him...eventually he ate it day in and day out (untll I hated it cause it was a crappy kibble...but he seemed to thrive) One thing someone told me, at the time was feed them less, and really limit treats so they are hungry for meal time. you have to be "strong like bull" to watch them not eat. But it works.

I love Sabine and she will create you a great balanced recipe. If you ever want to not home cook...I finally switched both boys to natures variety raw medallions and neither one has ever refused a meal ever again. They love it! I got over my disgust at feeding raw. per Sabine, I add a bit of plain ground meat to their meals (25%) and some and pumpkin to fill them up. This has worked great for us.




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Nancy - Sounds like I need to schedule a call with Sabine! I'm cooking every few days which is a total pain so the idea of once a month sounds like heaven!

Tammy - Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try it. I have not been putting his veggies through the blender, just chopping finely. Sounds like it may be more palatable if he doesn't see what he's eating.

Lucille - I still think it's my cooking but let's just say it's their taste buds which are the problem
Talk to Sabine, Tammy this diet is for your Tillie, nobody elses. You need to get it for your specific dog.

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yes, sorry, i was giving an example of what I do ... sorry i didn't specify it is specifically for Tillie. Every dog is different just like every person is different and what's good for 1 isn't always good for another! sorry!

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