This dog simply will not eat meat. Raw or cooked. I was eating some gooseberries I found growing and she seemed VERY interested in that, but when I tossed her some raw chicken instead, she chewed it up and spit it back out. Strangely enough, it seems to enjoy gnawing on chicken bones.
If you don't offer the kibble and only offer fried hamburg (boiled chicken breast meat) to begin with, the dog will eat. Then of course, you must make sure the dog's diet includes calcium. Meat alone is not sufficient. Calcium can be in the form of bones (ie, raw chicken wings, raw chicken necks) or adding 1 tsp of dried crushed egg shell for every pound of meat. Feed one meaty meal (no bone/calcium) and one boney meal (with bone or calcium) per day. One must also feed organ meat (kidney, liver). Heart is muscle meat as is gizzard, hamburg, ground chicken, ground turkey. So try sauteeing the ground boneless muscle meats and organs. Mix in a little garlic (1 clove to one pound of meat) to enhance flavor. Or add natural broth to the mix.
Or start by adding other fresh foods to the (reduced) daily kibble portion, ie hard boiled egg, cottage cheese, yogurt and fried egg, canned jack mackeral or salmon. The dog can have up to 1/2 kibble ration along with 1/2 fresh foods per day without interferring with vitamin/mineral requirements. So one meal is kibble the other meal is fresh foods, ie jack mack with cottage cheese, or yogurt and 2 eggs... Add the organ meat here. Slowly decrease the amount of searing of muscle meat you do.
For a Yahoo list on feeding raw, see K9 Nutrition by Lew Olson and/or purchase her book on Amazon.com.
HTH to point her in the right direction.
Sandra...raw feeder of 8 yrs, dog behavior consultant/trainer, Paleo girl
It is very common for kibble fed dogs to throw up their first taste of good food. Don't worry about it. They usually go back to it, if the panicking owners don't pick it up first. And I hope the chicken bones you're giving her are raw - NEVER FEED COOKED BONES as they can splinter.
I have fed raw exclusively for 12 years to every dog that has ever come into my rescue. I have never had one have a problem switching, but I fast them for 24-48 hours to get all the kibble out of their system, then I offer raw meaty bones. Sometimes I will heat the meat to body temperature, and if they don't like it, it goes to someone else and we try again tomorrow. The longest I have had a dog hold out was a Finnish Spitz that was fed mainly wonder bread. She lasted 8 days before switching.
Meat is very little like prey, to a dog, if it is not heated to body temperature and not moving around.
Also, chicken, while very digestible, lacks the nutrients in red meats. I bet the dog would eat steak ;-)
We rescued two kittens this past year, one in January and one in April. We knew we wanted to switch them from kibble and wet food to a raw diet, but we introduced the raw diet to the first kitten when he was 4 months old, and the first time we offered him a raw pinkie mouse, he was scared to death of it. (We even tried tying a string to it to make it wiggle to make him more interested, but it did the opposite!!) But each day got better. We introduced the raw mice to our second kitten when she was just under 2 months, right after we adopted her, and she went nuts for them right away. I think being younger led to her having more of a wild side and digging right in, practically swallowing them whole. Now they eat whole mice, baby rats and hatchling quails without a blink of an eye. So I think the age of the animal and the willingness to try new things is correlated. I love how soft it has made their coats and how they don't have kibble breath!
It took me a few weeks to get my dog happy eating raw. At first I had to ribbon the chicken meat on the bone - I read that tip on a raw feeding listserv, and thank goodness for those people. There's a learning curve for a dog too, you know. They basically grow up on SAD food-for-dogs - junk food - and they're not always keen to eat the more wholesome stuff!
I feed prey model raw now. My sissified dog went from nibbling at a chicken quarter to wolfing anything I toss her. Give the dog time, and space, and some variety!
(OOPS. She! ^^ )
Okay, I assume this dog has kibble on his bowl day and night?
Stop doing that, feed him two or three times a day, and always get rid of leftovers as soon as he's done eating.
Then move to canned food. Yeah, there's canned food for dogs too.
Then warm up the canned food on a bowl of hot water. Warm up some beef marrow. Dump some marrow over the canned food.
Then try warm beef (not cooked, just warm like a baby bottle) with egg on top. (hmmm!!!)
If that doesn't work... take the dog out to go hunting. Let him kill his prey and eat it. After that I'm sure he'll recover his taste in meat >:-D
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