What We Feed
We hopefully can get each of our Puppy buyers to understand the Importance of Proper Nutrition for a Dog. We 100% believe in the Raw Diet and Feed each Puppy Raw Meat and Bones daily (never cooked bones, they will kill your dog).
The benefits of a Raw Diet:
1. 95% No shedding until shed time.
2. Clean Healthy teeth and gums, so no stinky Dog Breath.
3. Way Less Poop, way less Smell and firm stool.
4. Build Great Immune System for your Pet.
5. The Dog will eat it's Raw Meal immediately.
6. Save on Veterinarian Bills with overall better Health.
Dogs are Carnivores, just look at a Dogs Teeth and wonder.....What are those K-9'S for.
Will you local Veterinarian endorse you feeding a full Raw Diet? The answer in most cases is no, yet in all areas their are Veterinarians that Fully Agree with the Raw Diet. It's best to do a little homework on Veterinarians in your area and find one that Fully believes in the Raw Diet.
Do you ever wonder why you have to slowly Transition a Dog from one Dry Kibble to the next or you will get very Bad Diarrhea? The Answer is Dry Kibble is Not real Dog Food. When you feed real Dog Food you can give Turkey today, then Chicken the next day and then Rabbit ect... with no Diarrhea at all. The answer to this is simple... Raw MEAT and Bones are what a Carnivore eats.
Please do Not let the Raw Diet intimidate you, it's actually very easy. If you can prepare a Meal for yourself or your child, then you are very capable of learning the Raw Diet. I'm here for anyone anytime you call for advise on this. I make sure each person has plenty knowledge on how to do the Raw Diet before they receive the Puppy. Again I will say...Please do not let the Raw Diet seem difficult. I will Thank you and your Puppy/Dog will Thank you for feeding the Raw Diet.
http://www.rawfed.com/ is the best site for detailed information on the Raw Diet Q/A. This site is very informative on myths vs facts on the Raw Diet.
Here is a list of meats for the Raw Diet.
Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Venison, Fish, Beef, Rabbit, Duck, Elk, Lamb, Chicken Organs like gizzards, Hearts and Liver, Beef Liver, Raw Eggs. We don't feed White Chicken, only the Dark Muscle Meat unless were feeding the whole chicken, some Chicken necks, they really Love the necks. Green Tripe is added and is the best thing for your Puppy or Dog, you can get the Green Tripe in a can at http://www.chewy.com/ I highly recommend this. I start all our Puppies on Raw Meat at around 6 weeks old.
WE DO NOT FEED FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
If you go onto a nonsence Face Book chat group you will get every opinion from people who have no idea and set percentages, don't listen to someone who has no clue.
If you can get Rabbit, Duck and Lamb this will add more variety from time to time in the diet. Please do not feed the same few Meats all the time, it has to be a variety.
All Puppies by 8 weeks of age will be eating Chicken legs with Bone with no problem.
Please do not be afraid to give them the Bone, they must have Bone to be a Proper Raw Diet, REMEMBER RAW BONES ONLY
This is a very informative video on the Raw Diet with Dr. Karen Becker, please watch this. She will explain about the Raw Diet, but I do not recommend you to follow her Raw Diet, it's too many set things and set percentages, plus she recommends Fruit and Vegetables. Dogs do not have the enzyme to break down Fruits and Vegetables. I Love Dr. Karen Becker, just disagree on the feeding Fruits and Veggies to Dogs
Video of Dr. Karen Becker on the Raw Diet. You can see Dr. Karen Becker in several videos on You Tube.
Bones: You want around 15% of your Puppies Diet to be Bones for proper Calcium intake. You must have a Food Scale to weight out the meals and Bones. In no time at all it becomes very simple.
Organ Meat: You want 10% Organ Meat in your Puppies Diet and this is the easiest way to do the 10% Organ Meat with zero math. Your Puppy will need 2 feedings per day on arrival. Every fifth day feed 1 meal nothing but Organ Meats and now you are at 10% Organ Meat.
For your organ meats it's endless what all you can feed, but at least feed these things, Chicken Gizzards, Chicken Hearts, Chicken Liver, Beef Liver, Beef Heart if possible, Turkey Hearts or/and Gizzards/liver. It doesn't have to be 45 different Organs, but you must feed Organ Meats. Say your a hunter, then feed the Deer Heart, Liver ect... Elk Organs ect...
Some say to freeze the pork for 3 days, some say for 3 weeks due to a Worm called Trichinella, I will leave this one up to you to decide for yourself. We do not worry about feeding Fresh Raw Pork here, but I will only feed USDA Meat from a supermarket, I would NEVER feed wild Boar or Bear. Trichinosis scares some, but I'm like Ed Frawley at http://www.leerburg.com/ we have never had a problem with fresh raw Pork, but hey it never hurts to be cautious. By freezing the Pork you kill the worm if it exist.
When it comes to Pork we feed no Bones, so if say we feed a Boston Pork Butt, then we cut the Bone Out. We feed Boneless Pork Loin, Boneless Pork sirloin. Just try for variety.
When it comes to Beef we don't feed too much of it. Most do not like it that well and they benefit more from some of the other meats. You can cut up Roast Beef, Brisket, ect.. and at times just Hamburger Meat. We do Feed Beef Liver, Beef Heart, and Green Beef Tripe. We do not have set percentages like some, but in general we feed around 10% Beef.
We feed the Leg Quarters for dark Muscle Meat and Bone, Chicken Necks is good, but don't just feed a bunch of necks, your Dog will starve on necks only. Chicken Gizzards, Hearts and Some Liver are Great for Organ Meat. Chicken Feet are a good source of Glucosamine. All our Puppies are able to eat Raw Chicken Bones before they ever leave here.
Turkey Drums or Thighs are a MUST have when Raw Feeding. We feed More Turkey than Chicken. The Puppies Love the Turkey. Most 9 week old Puppies can crunch up the average Turkey Drum bone and all. Turkey Gizzards, Hearts ect...is great too. Some necks and wings are great. You can buy a whole Turkey and cut it up.
Most Puppies will not eat much Fish until they are a few months old. When we do feed Fish it's Chicken Of The Sea Brand Mackerel, they Love it more than any Fish I have tried.
A 8 week old Puppy can eat any Bone in a Duck. Most all our Puppies Loves Duck.
A 8 Week old Puppy can eat any bone in most Rabbits.
Most Puppies Love Lamb, but not many Bones in a Lamb can they readily eat. Grown Dogs can handle several bones in Lamb.
Feed the Egg Raw. They can eat Shell and all, but store bought Eggs have harsh Chemicals from being washed that can be soaked into the shell, so fresh Farm Eggs are best if giving the Shell. Yes the Shell is good for them.
FRUIT AND VEGGIES:
We do not Feed them PERIOD. Dogs do not have the Enzymes to break down Fruit and Vegetables, so that tells me they do not need them. Some say well a Wolf will eat the Stomach of it's prey and get Fruit and Vegetables, but Wolf sanctuaries have Proven that a Wolf does not always eat the contents of the Stomach, they will tear a hole in the stomach and shake out the contents, then eat the Stomach itself not the contents. If we should feed a Dog what it's Prey in the wild would eat, then we would be feeding Corn, Acorns, Hickory Nuts, Spiders, Ticks, Maggots ect. A Wild Turkey will eat Spiders, Corn, Grain, Maggots ect...so should we feed our Dog those things...NO we shouldn't. A Squirrels will have a belly full of Hickory Nuts, so should we feed our Dog Hickory Nuts...NO. A Deer will have leaves, White Oak Acorns, Corn ect..in it's Stomach, so should we feed that to our Dog or would a Wolf eat that from the Deer's Stomach..no it would not. So we do not feed fruit and Vegetables.
We try to keep it simple and Easy to follow. A wide variety of Meat, Organ Meat and Bone.
In general you want around 15% Bone, 10% Organ Meat. The rest a wide variety of Meats, it's that simple. You can feed 3 different meats per day or feed one Meat this day and a different Meat the next, but PLEASE DO NOT FEED CHICKEN all the time, your Puppy/Dog deserves better and also they will get sick of Chicken every day.
Raw Feeding Chart:
8 to 9 wks. 1lb. 4 oz.-1lb 8 oz Total Daily
10 wks. 1.lb. 8 oz. Total Daily
12 wks. 1.75lbs Total Daily
18 wks. 2.00lbs Total Daily
5 months 2.25lbs Total Daily
6 Months 2.50lbs Total Daily
Your Pup should be around 50 to 6 0lbs. at 6 months, If your Puppy is 70lb please call me to go over is your Puppy over fed our just one of our larger pups.
By 10 Months the Feeding is reduced, the big growth spurt is over and most of them slow down on the Food Drive.
Feeding a 10 month or older Dog.
60lb. Dog: 2lbs. per day total.
70lb. Dog: 2.25lbs. per day total.
80lb. Dog: 2.50lbs per day total.
90lb. Dog: 2.75lbs per day total.
100lb. Dog: 3lbs. per day total
If one must feed a Dry Kibble then I will recommend
Orijen Large Breed Puppy
ALL Kibble is Junk compared to the Raw Diet.