Aaaaaaah just had to share this!!
Started Gus (bull arab pup, now... 17-19 weeks - imprecise age due to shelter adoption) on raw this week.
Was really, really nervous about giving him his first raw chicken wing. I presented it to him and stood over him protectively as he first mouthed it, dropped, it stared down at it curiously, and I made encouraging noises.
Five minutes later, cue pup, lying on his belly in his duramax dog bed, crazily and delightedly chomping and champing on the same chicken wing, tail going like a helicopter rotor. He chewed it thoroughly before gobbling it down.
He loves his raw food. Chicken wings, chicken necks, lamb's heart, liver, various raw meats, tin of sardines - it's all working a storm. Plus, just three days into raw, a habit of scratching and nibbling at himself that was starting to worry me eased off - I think it was the additives or possibly a colouring in the kibble I was using that was making him itch.
So, at the moment, two meals a day, no free feeding in between, a couple of dried liver treats in obedience tasks, and he gets his meat meal from a bowl, and his wings-n-necks bones meal handfed, one item at a time. He's also currently getting some kelp powder and some vitamin C.
If anyone with raw-feeding experience can see anything wrong with what I'm doing, please do let me know.
The best bit about this (am going to sound like a bitch) - I try to raw-feed my six cats, but they aren't crazy about meat that's been through the freezer and they tend to avoid some meals unless it's from fresh. They also aren't game enough to really tackle raw bone, so the only way I can get the calcium into all of them succesfully is to buy a minced chicken carcass in a tub - half of which goes in the bin because they won't eat it from the freezer and they don't get enough of it to use the tub up before it spoils (there's no preservative in it).
But now, with the dog on raw, he eats a volume of food in excess of the cats, and it allows me to go back to buying raw because frankly he eats like four more unfussy cats. He's not so finicky about well-defrosted meat, apparently the flavour-of-freezer doesn't phase him.
It's a good thing - my cats love their raw meat, but aren't as game on eating bones and such like, so kibble had started to play too much of a role in their diet for my liking. Those of you who don't own cats, there's more and more evidence that the grain-based protein in kibble is contributing to struvite crystals, urinary tract problems and kidney failure in dry-fed cats, so anything that helps us move to being a raw household pleases me greatly.
All points of view welcome (even if you're anti-raw, as long as you explain your reasoning properly!)