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Transition to Raw for all 3

Last year, Isabelle had dental problems and I decided to put her on commercial raw. Around here, NV is the easiest to get. Belle has done very well. Then I went to the nutrition seminar that I posted about and I have decided to put all 3 on raw. I decided to put them all on commercial raw until I learned more and depending on how they were doing, I would add the "prey meals" as well. Belle loves her raw medallions so this was no problem for her. Dora also likes raw but Dora has the issue of eating so fast she often gets sick on it. So I wanted to make sure to do a medallion at a time. They can eat the raw a lot faster than kibble. And Dash, is my problem child who acts like I am trying to kill him. He previously would only eat the raw if I cooked it, fed it to him in tiny pieces. The first 2 days, Dash refused to eat. In fact he wouldn't go near the raw and then avoided me in the kitchen. That next night he had agility class and he was the most annoying dog in the world trying to get food from everyone. He was fast and willing to run with anyone. He even ate a piece of pupperoni (Dash has never ate anything like this in his life and I would have bet you money he wouldnt even sniff it!) Well the next morning he was all over me so I got out some medallions added some warm water and he ate them!

With Belle, I tried giving her some of the RMB since she has been on medallions for a long time. The problem is with Belle she gets 3 ounces of raw food per day. So I just thought I would see how she would do with a turkey neck and some organ meat. Belle is such a wolf in sheeps clothing, to see this tiny white dog, show you she really is a dog is hilarious. I had to distract her to get the turkey neck away. I do have a food scale so it helps to see how much she ate.

After making sure Dora was eating slower just giving her a little piece, I gave Dora and Belle a chicken thigh yesterday. Well Dora was confused and unsure. She wouldn't eat it. Meanwhile I have to watch Belle not hurry up and try to eat them both. But guess who eats his raw medallions and grabs Dora's chicken thigh... Dasher!!! He is doing very well this quickly. Thanks to the advice from my wonderful breeder (that this time I listened too!!!) to just say if he doesn't eat don't play that game and I stuck to it besides the agility treats.

I just wanted to share as all 3 of my dogs are different. Belle took to raw like how they describe- immediately and crazy. She has always loved the big bones but some dogs have more issue with the commercial raw. I do have to say so far none of mine are a fan of primal, I think it is too wet with too many veggies.

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What will you do if you ever have to board them somewhere though? These are the things I worry about, crazy huh?

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That's great, Amanda. So glad to read that Dashie has finally figured out you're not trying to poison him by giving him raw

I wonder what it is w/the Primal raw, Tori wouldn't eat it either She's also a bit "on again, off again" with the NV medallions. I need to find another brand to try with her. Anyone have suggestions???

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I loved reading your description of how each of your crew reacted to the raw
Glad to hear that everyone is eating now!!

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Cracks me up that Belle likes the big raw pieces! She's so tiny.

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Ann~ Belle is a huge dog trapped in a little dog's body

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She's so funny and tough, until the storm rolls in. Then she breaks your heart!

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Ann-I have never boarded my dogs. You have to know by now how much of a freak I am-lol! I do travel with them quite often though and I can't always take raw and I am realistic about that. I will probably feed them canned tripe or something like that which I often do even when I travel now. Last year, when Dash refused to eat during our cross country trips, he survived on the dehydrated raw on top of some kibble (he thinks that is doggie crack)- ironically he wouldn't touch real raw at the time. You can go off raw and survive.

I will try to get some pictures or video for those of you who aren't freaked out-lol Especially of Belle cause it is so ironic to watch her. But the medallions look less meaty than chicken breast or beef you buy at the store.

Leslie- but guess what Dash loves... the venison medallions!

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Congrats Amanda on finally getting them all on board the raw express! lol
Lets see osme video's of them going to town!!

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I'm freaky too, that's why I'm panicky about our trip. I told Gavin I'm going to cry the whole way. He told me I'm not allowed to cry for a 9 hour car ride but last night he was doing the baby talk stuff to them saying, "Tell mommy to let you go too!" He's so mean!

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