Has anyone been successful with a compromise between the two?
Yes, many have. I do think you should get them to eat chicken instead of beef and beef bones. You see, when they eat meat all the time, their stomach juices become more acid. Kibble causes the juices to become less acid because of the carbs in it. Beef, being a more "rich" meat should have more acidic stomach juices digesting them. I suspect that is your problem.
Chicken, being much easier to digest doesn't need the juices to be quite so acidic so I think you would have much better luck with it. Try it for a while and see what happens.
Chicken is a blander meat and doesn't have the flavor that beef does. You might try "dressing" up the chicken a little in the beginning to get the dog to eat it then you could gradually decrease the extra flavorings you put on it.I never could get the male to eat raw chicken so I got them going on beef.
Yes, IMO it is.Is it worth trying to get him to eat raw chicken as an occasional supplement to his kibble if that is the best I can do for now?
Since my dogs are in the 125 to 155 lb range, I have a difficult time picturing exactly what an 18lb dog is. Feeding the way you are just feeding raw stuff 2 or 3 times a week, I think I would skip the backs and try something like wings or drumsticks or thighs or even a bone in breasts.He's only about 18 lbs., should I give him a whole chicken back or try starting him out with a couple wings?
You could try that or you could try something like cheese whiz in some slits you cut in the meat or maybe even some peanut butter. After he gets eating them good, gradually decrease these.What do you suggest to "dress" up the raw chicken? Should I try the same technique I did with beef where I just barely cooked it (just flash cooked the outside) so they identified with the aroma enough to eat it before I moved them to full raw?
Super! :smile:Thanks for your help. BTW, he's doing much better this afternoon/evening. He's been drinking water and he ate a Innova biscuit earlier today.
*LOL* An 18 lb. dog is one that your dogs would choke on! :biggrin:Since my dogs are in the 125 to 155 lb range, I have a difficult time picturing exactly what an 18lb dog is.