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    Default Super Fussy Eater, Feedback on Leading RAW?

    Shelby is a Fussy eater. I have been giving her the same as the breeder has been, and over the course of the week she has been turning her nose up at it.

    I prefer to know exactly what my family eats, and where it comes from. We live quite organically and only eat free range meats (when I do rarely eat meat)

    I picked up some of this today"http://www.leadingraw.com/
    And she seems to love it. Mixed in with Eukanuba (sp?) and she ate both that and the dry food.

    The carton of the Raw, tells me to feed her half a pattie at a sitting, surely thats once a day? then other meals through out?

    I know by reading the threads there are lots of ideas on better/worse foods and I am not interested in feeding her crap in a can.

    The ingrediants of this brand to me sound vile. But I understand that she needs different foods to what i am used to giving the rest of my family of course.
    Is buying pet mince from the butcher more ideal than this brand?
    Or am i spoiling her too much with this food?

    Any help appreciated, First dog ever and I want to give her the BEST that i can.

    Oh, she is a 9 week old Pure Rottie.

    Thanks in advance everyone

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    I realise that you are now feeding as per breeder........I am not too keen on any dog food that has coloring and preservatives in it..Also a large amount of wheat.......So reading the labels is of utmost importance to me

    I do my own RAW, like the link I gave you earlier.

    My Kate is raised on RAW from 4 weeks as have a couple of my previous puppies....My Rescues have had the non-raw period and both of them have allergy problems, which aren't too bad on our diet, but if someone feeds them anything is can blow-out again...Mainly ears and hot-spots.

    I get over fussy eaters pretty quick..i put out what i want my dog to eat....After about 15 minutes I take away what is left and they get nothing until the next feeding time.

    I fed my puppies 3 x a day and my adults 2 x.......Large chested dogs are often fed twice a day to prevent/reduce the risk of bloat

    I am not familiar at all with what you are using..Sorry. I feed my dogs as per how they are. i check their ribs.......They get too heavy I reduce, too light I increase. I am a little up and down with puppies, it really depends on how they are growing. puppies have spurts. I might feed more when they are suddenly really hungry. As long as I can still feel their ribs. I always count my bones into my dogs volume of food. And I take into account how fatty some of the bones are. That was a lesson learned from katy and her Pork trotters, suddenly she was gaining weight. My dogs look big, but they are very lean.....I can easily feel ribs.

    I have always talked a lot with my Breeder in the early days regarding what to feed.......I was very lucky with having a good mentor
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    Sorry, I must clarify, i was feeding what the breeder was feeding, which was a softened dry food :S which is what she is now turning her nose up at.
    So i switched to the pre made Raw, I am sure in time and finding my feet I will make her own, as I would prefer to.
    From what i read on the packaging there was no additives, preservatives or colours.

    I would be the same eat this and deal with it, but being such small/young puppy i don’t want her to go without. One day she refused food all day. I thought perhaps she wasn’t feeling well, but she ate chicken with no problem.

    Perhaps i need to chat with her breeder more. Just like a new human baby, I’m paranoid about doing it wrong.

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    Shelby, I buy my dry dog food online from here Natural Pet Store :: About Us I buy Black Hawk for my girls but everything on that site is natural I made mum buy some Black Hawk for her dog who has just had an operation and she needs to soak them so they go mushy for her, but as they don't have any 'fillers' she soaked them for hours and they still stayed hard... whoops!
    I mainly feed fresh lamb mince, turkey mince, chicken necks, chicken breast, brown rice and meaty lamb bones mixed with a little bit of the Black Hawk (just incase I'm missing out any essential nutrients). Chicken frames from the butcher are also nice and cheap and great for them! Best to start the dogs on bones from a puppy and supervise the first few times just to check that they don't try and swallow them whole I have a friend who has 2 gorgeous rotty's and she just feeds them supercoat biscuits from the supermarket, I wouldn't feed them to my dogs but hers seem to be going great on them

    You have a very adorable puppy there!! Just feed her what you feel comfortable with and what suits you best!

    They also get glucosamine and fish oil tablets daily
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    I have switched my 2days shy of 11mths cav boy over to raw, He has taken to it like a duck to water. His episodes of spitting up undigested premium dry are non existent now. The only time he had a spit up episode was after eating excess fatty rather than meaty (chicken frame and brisket).

    I feed him twice a day in morning it is usually raw chicken, turkey mince am introducing lamb mince (human grade) as I haven't found a good butcher to do pet mince, he also gets a 1/4cup paddy of raw veggies with oats, rice, egg, egg shells and oils (he is not overly fused on the paddy but will eat most when it is coating his morning raw meat). At night he gets a 1/2 turkey neck which he loves I am going slowly with the meaty bones thing because I am nervous as he is new at the bone thing and hasn't grasped the concept that he needs to hold it down with his paws. I hope he gets it soon as I get nervous watching how currently eats.

    Got to try him on offal with veggie paddy...

    He didn't go the sardines so I need to source a fish source, anybody out there to give me a heads-up for best fish variety, and how to get him to use his paws when eating, also what best bone to give that will help with his eating technique?

    Found I've become a watcher of his poop as of late, and a feeler of his ribs. But his fur is shinny, he is active, and he looks healthy and he just loves chewing his dinner...
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    LOL...another poop watcher

    RAW fish will do..My dogs eat whole fish, Katy will even catch her own trout, she has caught four so far and out very expensive Koi LOL Our butcher gives me any fish that is leftover from the day before. So sometimes we get a lot of fish. Make friends with your butcher......We give ours a slab every year at Christmas and the dogs bring it to them with a Chrissy card....We used to only get small bones until they met the dogs LOL

    I always tell them how much my dogs love them .........We love beef cutting day and the pork trotters are a fave too. So are the lamb spines and beef spines. We are easy really, we take anything

    You do need a small percentage of offal, lambs fry is a good start......But when you toughen up, use kidney, tripe and such. Our butcher keeps it all as cool as human consumption meat, so it is all good to use.

    I feed veggie slop as i call it. I just quickly blitz our veggies, breaks it down, so it is easier to digest. My dogs love fruit and veggies.

    We grow our own and i freeze and enormous amount at the right time of the year in the cheap "chinese food" containers

    Meats is just whatever i can get as cheaply as...we also do our own kills when we can, sheep or sometimes beef. But we have a fabulous butcher, who is generous with bones. I can never get enough for four large dogs.

    My dogs love sardines Aldi has the cheapest guys...i get them by the carton.
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    Yes got a shock the with the first poop after being totally raw. No smell, and light and nearly white as a feather had to hand feed the veggie mix just to be sure there was some moisture in the next poop LOL...

    Going to make it my mission to find a dog loving Butcher top of my priority list. For the moment Get great cut to size turkey necks from Maxi's hydro therapist.. Have got some lamb liver, kidney and chicken heart mix thawing out now (portion 1/2 cup) might mix with veggie mix for his breakfast.

    Went out and brought some veggies and fruit as well as a food processor (didnt have one not much of a cook) blitzed veg, fruit and oats eggs, made up 1/4 cup portions and froze about 3 months worth. I'm not much of a green thumb plus only small garden bed where we are.

    Feeding morning and night so I can mix his glyde supplement powder with his mince and veg in morning.

    Newfie noticed on Kirra's hips thread you mentioned vitamin C, how do you give that and where would I source this? I figured vit C is good for joint issues. Need my boy's to be strong and remain that way.

    I just got to relax around the bone eating. But gee I wish he would paw and tear sometimes rather than chew then try to swallow then chew again so on. Will post a photo or video of how he eats...
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    For dog loving butchers this is a great recipe.

    Take your dog to the same shop, same time, every week. Get your dog to drool at the window at the meat.
    Works a treat for my butcher, who comes out with treats for both dogs every time, sucker lol

    I feed raw, and when Bernie gets too thin, i add satin balls.

    And they have 10mins to eat, then i lift it. Next meal occurs at regular time. Again, 10 mins then lift it, ive never had a dog that's gone past 2 missed meals. Ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShelbyTeaCup View Post
    Shelby is a Fussy eater. I have been giving her the same as the breeder has been, and over the course of the week she has been turning her nose up at it.

    Thanks in advance everyone
    Feeding can be a really heated topic, so I put it out there that I dont want to offend and this is just my opinion.

    I dont see the need for vegetables and grains for a carnivore domestic dog. They may not die immediately for a grain diet, but a lot of dogs in advanced years seem to get a lot of illnesses when feed man made foods exclusively.

    Yes I am a raw meat, bone and offal fan for dogs. So I find it curious that they have "dog meat" in super markets, or that people feed the dogs mince.

    True I only have one dog, but I go to markets or bulk butchers and buy human grade meat in bulk. If I buy roasting beef, I can see what is in it (ok cant see the preservatives or whatever, but its a million times better than canned or pellet stuff). I can buy mince 50% dearer at Coles than I can buy pure beef from the butcher. Why would I bother buying mince?

    All I can recommend is that you search this and other forums for genuine raw diets. Yes some dogs like fruit, but they don't eat a lot of it in the wild. A baby likes candy, but I am not going to switch to a candy diet for my baby tomorrow.

    These are my views, and my dog is healthy ... so that is why I suggest this path, if you want a truly NATURAL diet.
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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