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Subject: Dog Food
Date Posted: 1/20/2009 1:37 AM ET
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Does anyone make their own dogfood?  We tried a couple different dogfoods and our Jack Russell's just don't like them.  Then DH got some that a a vet told him about (organic type) they really didn't like that one.  So, I found a cookbook for dogfood if anyone is interested.  I've done some variations of these and our dogs love it!

http://www.i-love-dogs.com/dog-food-recipes

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 11:13 AM ET
Member Since: 12/16/2008
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Just a caution.... alot of dogs can get worms easier because of homemade dog food. Not sure why, but it happens more frequently with homemade food... So keep a close eye on them for the first few months.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:02 PM ET
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Every issue of Rachel Ray magazine has a recipe that can be fed to dogs as well as their people.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:36 PM ET
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I just mix some table scraps or gravy with the food and the dogs eat it up. Not a lot, just whatever is around. A little rice and they think its a feast!

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 10:43 PM ET
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I have fed a homemade raw diet to my dogs for over 3 years. I really credit it to all of my dog's general health in addition to my allergy dog's impressive lack of symptoms.

Does your dog not like the food or are you looking for a diet change because of a health issue? 

Feeding a raw diet takes some research and prep work so I often try to suggest a kibble food if people aren't down with the additional time and expense of a raw diet.

What I'm seeing a lot today is that people who's dogs don't want to eat can be overfed.  They aren't *that* hungry and so choose to just pick at a meal.  You may want to try a bit of tough love and feed less for a few meals.  Also  try to just put the food down for a set period of time (10-15 minutes) and when that time is up - dinner is up.

If you want to know more about making your own food - I'm happy to point you in a few directions.