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Everyone thinks different things about RAW feeding styles.

In YOUR opinion what are your three (or more) most important rules to remember about feeding or starting RAW/prey model

Anything from formulas to what to avoid.

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For me the three most important things are pretty basic

1. Keep it simple. Feed lots of meat, some bone and some organ. But let your dogs poop and health be your ultimate guide. Don't get caught in numbers.

2. Feed a variety. Variety is the spice of lie.

3. And remember not to get sucked into the politics of raw feeding programs. The amazing thing about raw is that you can tweak and customize for your individual dogs needs.

RAW is awesome!!!!
 

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Everyone thinks different things about RAW feeding styles.

In YOUR opinion what are your three (or more) most important rules to remember about feeding or starting RAW/prey model

Anything from formulas to what to avoid.

I look forward to reading these :biggrin:
1) Start slowly and be patient.

2) No weight bearing bones from large animals. I'm trying to keep their teeth pearly white, not break them apart.

3) Don't panic. It takes time to adjust, things start looking different, and really, it IS okay to feed them raw chicken bones! (Just make sure they chew.)

Edit, just saw the "or more" part.

4) If you have questions, come here. Read the archives. If you have any questions, ask. Ask anything and everything. People here are extremely helpful.
 

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I have been reading all the posts here everyday and the websites of people who are here. I usually just lurk around haha. I just think its kind of cool to see what is important to people since feeding styles can vary.
 

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1. Go slowly. It's not a race. Don't rush proteins. Slow and steady wins the race.

2. Become a student of your dog. Some dogs need a bit more bone, some less. Some do better on more red meats and less poultry, some are fine with it.

3. Don't overfeed! Easy to do when the portions don't seem large. I've seen some raw fed dogs really gain weight. Everything they eat is bio-available to them, they don't need to eat huge portions.

4. Vary your proteins as much as you can. I prefer 75% red meat, but work with what your budget allows. Try to feed as much grass fed protein as you can, venison is great.

5. Network with other raw feeders to find good deals and share if someone gets a big score.

6. Relax. This truly IS the best diet. Don't second guess yourself.
 

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Everyone thinks different things about RAW feeding styles.

In YOUR opinion what are your three (or more) most important rules to remember about feeding or starting RAW/prey model

Anything from formulas to what to avoid.

I look forward to reading these :biggrin:
*Tortoise wins this race! Slow and steady.

*Study the poop! It will let you know if you can move forward or if falling back is a good idea. Even after feeding Max raw for years I need to check it so I don't overdo the size of the meal, feed too much fat, organ or bone.

*Feed MEAT in as much variety as you can find trying to use lots of red meat. Feed a little bone and a little organ.

*Feed big bits. Less likely to be swallowed whole.
 

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The one thing I think is most important in my feeding program is to feed only:

*Grass fed organs from a variety of animals. The younger the better!
 

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My top tips:

1. Know Thy Dog. It's important to understand that while PMR is right for nearly every dog, the general guidelines must be made to fit each individual. Some dogs are good, thorough chewers and others are gulpers, which limits what you can and cannot feed. Some dogs need more bone and other less. Know the medical background of your dog and make any necessary changes. Know what gives your dog diarrhea and know how to fix it (fast first and feed bone heavy meals).

2. Diarrhea isn't something to panic or lose sleep over. It's a normal process of life and is easy to fix when you know what causes it. You don't panic each time YOU have diarrhea do you?

3. Variety is key. Feed as many appropriate protein sources as humanly possible. It's fun finding the connections and deals for these things.

4. Patience is a necessity. Some dogs transition easier than others. And certainly don't think that your dog can't handle raw if you see digestive upset in the beginning. Don't give up and throw in the towel.
 

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1. Expect there to be some time to transition. Some dogs can transition quickly, but most need a more gradual switch from kibble to raw. So don't over do it too fast.

2. Don't feed too small. I made the mistake of buying pieces too small for my dogs when I first started out and I worried so much when they'd swallow them almost whole or whole. Feed large!

3. Dont freak about the germs. If you must, keep a spray bottle of water/vinegar 50/50 and wipe down their paws/face after they eat. But its not necessary. I make sure to clean the area I've been working in to prepare, but I don't fuss about cleaning bowls every day or any of that. The dogs do a pretty darn good job of cleaning up after themselves.

4. The proof is in the poop. You can tell if you need adjusting to their meals based on their poop. Its that easy.

5. The proof is also in their body appearance. You can tell if you need to cut back or add to by the way their body is looking. Don't stress too much about accuracy.

6. Most importantly. Have FUN! Enjoy watching your dogs do something that is natural to them and THRIVE from it!! :biggrin:
 

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1. Taking the plunge is a tough decision. There's worrying about choking, about germs, about diseases, and there's definitely what everyone else says. Don't expect everyone to accept your decision, including your vet. In many cases, people will tell you that you're killing your dog. Don't let them get you down! We all went through that as well, and we all continue to go through that. I had my mother tell me that cats are too weak for a raw diet just last night, and that I would kill them! Just remember what you are doing is best for your dogs.

2. Research, research, research! When you're planning on starting a raw diet, don't just plunge right in. The gusto is great and all, but you could do more harm than good by taking it too fast, or feeding the wrong thing at the wrong time. So before you go out and buy a big bucket of bones, make sure you read up on a raw diet as much as you can, and ask questions if you're uncertain.

3. Don't freak out. It's a huge step in yours and your dog's (or dogs') lives, and the best thing for them, but if you freak out too easily, even the smallest thing, kibble is just going to sound more and more appealing until you give up. There's answers to most every questionable aspect of raw feeding, like choking, or germs, or bones, or cooking, etc.
 

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I've been thinking about this and have finally come up with my great contribution:

1. Expect opposition. There will be thousands of people who tell you what you are doing is wrong. Feel confident in the choice you made.

2. Don't stress about poop, whether it's too hard to too soft. Thats life. Learn about your dog and what food causes it to be that way.

3. Do your research so you are comfortable and sure that your dog is getting all the nutrients it needs.

4. Give a variety of different proteins.
 

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I just started but I think the what I have learned in the first two weeks is:

You may feel like you are killing your dog. You're not.
If you panic, come here
What was once considered abnormal is now normal. Try to remember that
Everyone has to go through the first two weeks - i am pretty sure the dogs make it through with much less stress than their people.
 

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Are you saying not to blend the food but just to give it whole? I have a chewer and an inhaler (big dog), she just inhales without chewing, my other dog (smaller) is a slow chewer who seems to savor his food.
 

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I've just skimmed through this thread so I'm not sure if any of these has been mentioned, but...

1. DON'T freak out and shove your hand down your dogs throat and pull out what they are eating just because you think they are swallowing a piece too big... (exception to them actually choking). This was my first mistake. I did this and got a nice chomp because my girl didn't want it to come back up and continued to frantically chew as I was taking it out.

2. Supervise, but don't hover. Raw food is very exciting and delicious for a dog. Getting too close to their space while they're trying to enjoy their gift from the heavens could cause them to try and scarf down too much, or could create resource guarding issues. If you must take something away from them, give them a trade from something equally delicious.

3. If you're unsure or don't know about something, ask or do some research! Better safe than sorry.
 

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Kind of funny today...I was driving down my block here in nYC...AND SAW THIS STRAY DOG (Mind you this is like the third time in a month I seen same dog)..no tags, no collar no nothing...even called animal control about it...but hey this is new york I am talking about. But as I am watching him run across the street I thought to myself.."'what in the world is this dog eating'"/?..probably food wherever he can find it huh/?...so if you get nervouse about feeding your dog RAW food you yourself have prepared and is monitoring him eat...just think about that stray dog thats running around a town near you and what he is eating to stay alive....HE IS EATING RAW!!!...not good quality raw but raw none the least from wherever he is finding it....now let me go and call animal control again lol.
 

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Kind of funny today...I was driving down my block here in nYC...AND SAW THIS STRAY DOG (Mind you this is like the third time in a month I seen same dog)..no tags, no collar no nothing...even called animal control about it...but hey this is new york I am talking about. But as I am watching him run across the street I thought to myself.."'what in the world is this dog eating'"/?..probably food wherever he can find it huh/?...so if you get nervouse about feeding your dog RAW food you yourself have prepared and is monitoring him eat...just think about that stray dog thats running around a town near you and what he is eating to stay alive....HE IS EATING RAW!!!...not good quality raw but raw none the least from wherever he is finding it....now let me go and call animal control again lol.
My dog was a stray and grew up on the steets of Mexico before I adopted her. Funny you say this because it's exactly what I thought when I fed raw for the first time, I just imagined what she must have ate to survive! She transitioned to raw with virtually no problems or diarrhea.

Hope that stray guy you eep seeing is able to find a nice home!
 

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it wasnt a transition its probably what she been eating on the streets...Hell if you gave her kibble,that would have been a transition. And yes if I see that stray again I am stopping car chasing him down and picking him up myself.
 
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