I feed a raw diet to both my dogs and have ever since they were puppies.( I got one at 9 weeks and the other at 10 weeks)
I feed it because i know exactly what they are getting in every meal and they both do well on it.
I don't know if it costs more because I have never just fed them on kibble so can't compare.
Mine costs me about $80-$100 a week to feed.Bear in mind though that mine are large dogs (one is 50kg's and the other is 70kg's)
They also get a lot of variety and I could spend less on them but seeing I don't have kids or anything else that requires a lot of money I'm happy to spend this on them.
It does take more effort. I buy in bulk then freeze into individual portions and defrost the night before ready for the next days meal.For example I buy a whole chuck then dice it up and freeze into 500gram bags. I buy a box of chicken necks or wings and freeze into 500gram bags. I get beef neck bones cut into an appropriate size(about 2inches long) and they get one of them each night.
They also get about 250grams of mince each, be it beef, lamb, pork, chicken or turkey. I also cut up y-bones and split them in half and they get one of them each night.
They sometimes get diced goat meat, sardines, and diced lamb.
Sometimes i'll also get some mince and combine it with blended up raw vegies, brewers yeast, flaxseed oil, liquid kelp and an egg and make into patties for them.
A couple of times a week they'll also get a tablespoon of natural yoghurt and cottage cheese combined each. They also get lambs heart and liver.
Cost wise if you find a good butcher and buy in bulk you can get things cheaper. The chuck costs me $6.50 a kilo. The chicken necks or wings $2.00 a kilo. The y-bone $5.97 a kilo. The goat is dear at $10 a kilo. The mince I get when it's marked down at work so can be as cheap as $2 a kilo.
I do have an advantage working at woolies in the meat department so i can find the markdowns easily and also have the advantage of being a butcher so i can pick out good meat for them and also for myself
Oh I also have a deep freeze that holds all their meat in as i'm buying in bulk and they also have their own fridge.
As for health wise they both have shiny coats, their teeth have never needed cleaning, even my old girl who is now 13 has sparkling white teeth. Their poos are of a good consistency and easy to pick up or eventually just turn white and disappear.
I feed them an amount according to how well they are looking. If they look thin they get a bit more and vice versa.
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret