The goal of feeding a raw food diet to dog’s is to introduce all-natural homemade foods in place of kibble or canned dog food.
In the raw dog food feeding guide we will set out a guide for dog owners who are currently feeding their dog’s commercial kibble (Dog Biscuits etc.) and would like to change their dog’s diet over to a combination of meat, organs, small amounts of fruits and vegetables, and raw bones.
I, myself feed all my dog’s raw food as I am a firm believer that this type of diet creates better overall health.
Raw Dog Food – How Much Should I Feed?
There are so many opinions on this as you will notice if you ever go searching Google, however as a general rule of thumb with all my dog’s they are regularly fed about 2% of their HEALTHY body weight.
Obviously the amount fed also will depend on the dog’s energy and activity levels
- If your dog is a little on the chunky side (A little like myself) and needs to lose a few extra kilos then I would be feeding them no more than 2% of their current body weight.
- For the average activity levels I.e a daily walk of no less than 30 minutes, 3% is generally more than enough.
- If your dog is a little underweight or has high activity levels I would recommend aiming for 4%
- If you have working dog’s with extremely high activity levels or someone who is regularly jogging/cycling etc with your dog then I would aim for up to 6% of body weight per day.
What Level Of Activity Is My Dog At?
So you now have a guide as to how much raw food you should be feeding your dog. Next you need to understand what level of activity they are currently at.
Activity levels are explained below:
- Sedentary (2%) – This usually applies to dog’s that have either been injured, unwell or older dog’s.
- Average (3%) – Dogs that would go on walks for 30 minutes to an hour per day with some moderate play.
- High (4%) – This would be at least a 1-hour walk per day with some energetic play time involved.
- Working (6%) – Cattle dog’s, farm dog’s, dog’s that are regularly entering obstacle and agility competitions, police dog’s etc.
How Often Should I Feed My Dog?
I have always fed both my personal dog’s and my working dog’s (Military) their required daily amount divided over two meals per day as this greatly benefits their digestive system. As, all my personal dog’s come under the large dog breed this also assists in avoiding bloat something common in larger breeds.
Feeding your dog twice per day can also stop your dog from begging between meals, however don’t stress if this is not possible as once per day is also OK.
In the guide below I have out lined a raw dog food feeding guide depending on your dog’s current wight and activity levels.
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Bones & Treats – What Should I Give?
For my dog’s a really good bone is great for cleaning their teeth and it also provides them with a great calcium boost. They will either get a marrow bone or large beef bone.
Whenever feeding bones to your dog’s always make sure you supervise your dog and feed them an appropriate sized bone. The rule of thumb in regard to this is the bone should always be at least the size of your dog’s head, which for me is massive as I own an English Mastiff!!
If you own a greedy chewer you will need to pay extra attention to this one to avoid any choking hazards.
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