Diet Information

We feed a species appropriate diet to our dogs called the Raw Prey model diet.

We raise our litters of puppies on raw meat as a primary diet, and include healthy grain free kibble diets to adjust them to both diets. We understand not every family that purchases one of our puppies will be able to provide a species appropriate diet, but we do highly encourage them to feed a grain free diet as closely to the original diet as possible, with an inclusion of raw meat for the benefits of raw in smaller forms. As the puppies age they will get a taste of both types of foods so their owners will have an easier time adjusting their puppy into their home no matter what diet they choose. I personally choose to raise my puppies on a balanced raw diet until they are 12 months of age supplemented with Urban Wolf. Once they are 12 months and older finished with the largest growing stage of their life, they are put on a rotational raw prey model diet. This consists of 10% bone, 10% organ and 80% meat. I try to feed about 20% fat. During the more active seasons of the year the dogs get more fat to help fuel their body for the amount of activity they get. In the colder months the less activity the dogs get and the less of a demand for extra fat. Unless the dogs spend a lot of time outdoors in the cold, in which case they would need about the same amount of fat if not more to help give their bodies an extra layer of fat to keep warm outdoors. I do not condone keeping my German Shepherds outdoors 24/7, this breed as a whole has very high pack drive and therefore is at its happiest when underfoot. When feeding your own home prepared diet it is imperative to do your research and feed appropriately. Unless your raw diet consists of 100% grass fed animals, you will want to supplement with a fatty acid supplement for the essential fatty acids of Omega 3 & 6. I choose to use a safe salmon oil marketed for dogs and tested to be a good source. I feed 1000 mg of salmon oil per 20lbs of body weight.

 

You should feed between .02% and .04% of the dogs ideal body weight.
So my 85lb dog eats about 2.55lbs per day.
My 65lbers eat 1.95lbs per day

10% organ

10% bone

80% meat

 

This does not need to be in every meal for the average adult dog. But needs to be balanced over say a weeks worth of time. I try to always include the bone in every meal as it is a poop solidifier. If you feed too much bone the poop comes out of the anus as literally crumbles (this is not good, means you fed too much bone). When fed an appropriate amount of bone per meal or balanced, the stool appears regular but smaller, less smelly, and after 3 days turns to chalky substance and disintegrates into the ground.

Organ is very rich, this can cause diarrhea. Too much organ at one time will cause loose stool. Other game meats can be really rich too (venison, rabbit, etc.) So always take that into consideration. If you are feeding a richer meat, add a little more bone than usual. Once you get the hang of it, you can eyeball things. I have been doing this for years now and still love it. Amazing way to feed the dogs, the teeth NEVER need to be cleaned because feeding bones cleans them. You need to avoid weight bearing bones of large animals (cattle). For bone I use pork necks for my chicken allergy pet dog. The rest of them I use chicken and turkey bones (usually a wing, drummet, or thigh)

Another healthy natural diet is Satin balls, often supplemented into a diet to put weight on dogs:

Satin Balls

All ingredients are uncooked RAW and “Satin Balls” are served raw. (they can be frozen)

Satin Balls Full Recipe
10 lbs cheap hamburger (high fat %)
1 large box Total cereal (about 12 cups cereal)
1 large box uncooked oatmeal (about 15 cups oats)
10 raw eggs
1 15oz jar wheat germ
10 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
1 and 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 and 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses

 

 

raw meat 10bowls fullfridge

Supplementation

Due to the amount of stress on our dogs bodies as working dogs we choose to supplement them to add to optimal health. We use a liquid glucosamine supplement called

Actiflex

Type II Collagen is the major protein found in cartilage and is the newest ingredient we have added to our family of Acti-Flex products. Type II Collagen is the “glue” that holds cartilage together as well as providing elasticity within the joints.
 
Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and Superoxide Dismutase occur naturally in the body, serving the function of repairing joints and many other tissues. MSM adds a powerful ability to improve sulfur bonds, which are an essential component of all connective tissue.
 
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) plays a critical role in maintaining healthy joint synovial fluid and preventing the deterioration of aging, over worked joints. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is key to optimizing bio availability of the other ingredients as well as being an essential antioxidant. Boswellia Serrata is an herb that is proven to reduce inflammation.”
 
 

For a healthy digestive system, we choose to supplement with a

Probiotic and enzyme supplement

Digestive Enzymes Your dog breaks down the food in much the same way you do — with digestive enzymes. Produced by organs such as the pancreas, digestive enzymes break down the food so that the intestinal tract can absorb all those great nutrients, which are then distributed throughout your dog’s body. When digestive enzymes are added to dog food, it helps to increase digestibility and reduce the stress on your dog’s bodily organs.
Probiotics is the “good bacteria” that help improve the digestibility of ingredients and are an essential part of the immune system. By feeding your dog food with live probiotics after it has been cooked and cooled (to assure maximum survival) reinsures you are re-inoculating the digestive tract.

As an extra note, raw diets don’t need as much, if any of this supplement because the raw meat has this naturally occurring in it. I keep some on hand if we are having an upset stomach, took antibiotics, or are eating a meat we haven’t eaten in a while to assist the gut.

 

For an overall health supplement, we use

Alaskan Salmon Oil

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are fats that must be supplied in the diet because the body cannot produce them. They are required for normal growth and functioning of the cells, muscles, nerves, and organs and the production of prostaglandins (hormone-like substances which are key to many important processes). Deficiencies of EFAs are linked to a variety of health problems, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. In addition to drastic improvements to skin and coat, high levels of Omega-3s improve cardiovascular health, fight inflammatory diseases, retard development of certain cancer cells, inhibit progression of kidney disease, enhance the immune system, reduce the symptoms of allergic dermatitis and reduce joint stiffness, which is especially beneficial for older dogs.

 

Urban Wolf

Balancing a home prepared diet can be a daunting task for the new raw feeder, and sometimes hard to do when feeding a puppy. I encourage new raw feeders to use a base mix like Urban Wolf or a similar base mix that offers a completely balanced diet in a dehydrated form, to allow the new raw feeders to follow their instructions closely and begin to understand how simple feeding a raw diet can be. It is important to ensure you balance your diet, especially for a growing puppy under 12 months. I highly suggest utilizing Urban Wolf Base mix with their Puppy Balancer for the first 12 months of your dogs diet to ensure they are getting all of the nutrients they need, and a balanced calcium to phosphorous ratio for proper growth. 

 

Why?

Dogs are carnivores and their digestive systems still resemble a wolves exactly to this day. They have a short intestinal track made for digesting raw meat, sharp scissor like teeth, a jaw that only opens vertically (not side to side for grinding grains), eyes aimed towards the front of their skull to be an effective predator etc. Dry dog food (kibble) often contains grains and fillers that are unnecessary to a dog, but allow the food to be at a more affordable price for consumers. Often times owners do not question the nutrition of their dog food as long as their dog has consistent firm stools. Depending on the quality of the food you can run into some sketchy ingredients in some, and others are actually quite appropriate with grain free formulas. The trend is aiming towards healthier dog foods, and grain free diets are fast becoming popular. Why do we choose raw instead of these kibbles? Raw is well known for its teeth cleaning abilities. The grinding of the bones, and meat sliding on the teeth actually helps remove tartar and naturally keep the teeth sparkly white. While I love and highly recommend some grain free formula’s, they do still require regular teeth cleaning through specialized VOHC approved chews, brushing, or cleanings at your veterinarians office under anesthesia.

 

Often times I am asked why so many Veterinarians recommend name brand foods. Veterinarians are so flooded with information they must learn in order to graduate, that often times nutrition requirements of one animal versus the many they treat, is not a priority. They are often taught classes by some of the leading name brand dog foods and offered deals to sell their food in their clinic upon starting one. Veterinarians who do their own research on diets often come to an agreement of a more grain free or species appropriate diet. Commercial dog foods with fillers and grains are often the cause of a significant amount of problems in our dogs (periodontal disease, allergies, stool inconsistencies, gluten intolerance, etc.).

 

The benefits of feeding raw far outweigh the benefits of feeding a dry kibble dog food. Cleaner teeth, no smelly breath, clean small stool that disintegrates after a few days, brighter eyes, softer & shinier coat, etc.

 

 

 

 

We understand that feeding raw is not an optimal option for every home. But please look into the details of what is in your dog food. A fantastic site is available for free with a huge list of reviewed dog foods and detailed reasoning for why something should or should not be in your dogs food.

Dog Food Advisor

 

 

Some websites I highly recommend for more information on raw feeding

The Whole Dog Raw Fed

 

Prey Model Raw