Homemade Dog Food – Getting Started
Providing homemade dog food for your best friend may seem daunting when you’re starting out, but it really is the most rewarding experience and certainly the best thing you could ever do for your pet. By providing homemade food you’ll know exactly what’s in each meal. It will also improve the bond between you, and you’ll find you get just as much satisfaction from watching your dog enthusiastically tuck into his or her homemade food as he or she gets from eating it.
You’ll also find that providing homemade food for your best friend adds so much to his or her life. Not just in terms of the health benefits of eating real food, but the excitement at meal times and the palpable joy every time you prepare homemade food.
Our dogs know when we’re cooking for them – the smells, the sounds, the anticipation keeps the two of them happy and excited all day, especially when we’re doing a bulk cook. They know when their special pans and mixing bowls come out they’re in for a really exciting time. All day they’re enjoying the cooking smells as well as looking forward to licking out their mixing bowls and pans when the cooking’s finished. And don’t be thinking it’s not right to let them lick out their pans and bowls before you wash them. They are their bowls, so why not? It’s all part and parcel of making homemade food for your dog.
Behavioural enrichment is just as important as providing a healthy diet. It’s part of what we like to call the ‘whole dog’ approach to having a healthy and happy pet. The more stimulation you provide for them, the happier they are going to be. The better the quality of their diet, the healthier they are going to be. Simples!
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With most of our recipes, you can make them in quantity when you have the time and freeze them for when time is the last thing on your side. This applies to . . .
Most vegetables are protected by a cellulose coating that locks in the nutrients. To make them bioavailable to your dog, they need to be lightly cooked. If fed raw . . .
Once they’re cooled, we recommended you either refrigerate your dog’s meals (in order to preserve their natural goodness) for a maximum of 3 days, or . . .
Never feed your dog raw salmon (even smoked salmon) or trout. They can contain harmful parasites. Salmon poisoning can be fatal to dogs. Always cook fresh fish first . . .