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Raw Dog Food Feeding Tips

Many dog owners are surprised to find that some of their furry companions turn their noses up at raw food or treats, but this isn’t uncommon. It’s important to understand that not all dogs readily embrace a raw diet, and various factors can influence their acceptance.

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Taste Matters

One reason for a dog’s reluctance to raw food can be attributed to taste. Cooked food is often prepared to be flavorful, while raw food remains in its unaltered state. This taste contrast can be a deciding factor for some picky eaters.

Diet Variation

The type of raw diet you offer your dog can also play a role in their willingness to try it. Whether it’s a prey model diet, one with fruits and vegetables, or a commercially manufactured option, these variations can affect your dog’s appetite.

Tips to Make Raw Meals Appealing

Each dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Patience and experimentation are key to finding the perfect raw diet solution for your picky eater. If you’re struggling to get your dog to eat a raw diet, consider the following tips to make their meals more appetizing. 

Enhance with Krill Oil or Sardines

Both krill oil and sardines have strong smells and flavors that can entice your dog. Krill oil, in particular, is rich in antioxidants and beneficial for heart and brain health.

Green Thawed Tripe

Despite its unappealing name, green tripe is a nutritional powerhouse packed with enzymes, good bacteria, and nutrients. It’s a natural part of a carnivore’s diet and can be a valuable addition.

Try Raw Goat’s Milk

Raw goat’s milk, high in protein and nutrients, can be an option to entice your dog, although its strong flavor may not be for everyone.

Mix It Up

Texture and consistency can matter more to dogs than the actual ingredients. Experiment with different preparations, like creating “kibble-like” balls, changing feeding locations, or altering the food’s texture.

Adjust Temperature

Some dogs prefer their food at room temperature or slightly warm. Adding a bit of hot water or lightly cooking part of the meal can make it more appealing.

Vary Protein Sources

Discover your dog’s protein preferences through trial and error. Some may have a preference for specific meats.

Incorporate More Organ Meat

Organ meat can make up a significant portion of a dog’s diet, providing essential nutrients.

Consider Pasture Raised Eggs

Pasture-raised eggs are a nutritious addition to your dog’s diet, but sourcing quality eggs is essential.

Add Kefir

Kefir, a probiotic-rich fermented drink, can promote digestive health and provide various health benefits for dogs.

Include Bone Broth

Bone broth offers a wide range of benefits, from digestive health to joint and skin support. Slow-cooked and nutrient-rich, it’s a holistic addition to your dog’s diet.

Patience and Experimentation in Raw Feeding

Finding the right raw diet solution for your picky pooch may take some trial and error, but with patience and experimentation, you can make raw feeding a delightful experience for your furry friend. Remember that each dog is unique, and what entices one may not work for another. 

Whether you’re enhancing their meal with krill oil or sardines, exploring the nutritional benefits of green thawed tripe, or experimenting with various protein sources, the key is to keep trying until you discover the perfect combination that makes raw meals irresistible to your wonderful woofie. With the right approach, you can ensure that your beloved canine companion enjoys the benefits of a raw diet while savoring every bite.


Alana Holst
Australian Labradoodle Breeder  at 

Since 2011, I've dedicated myself to breeding Standard Sized Australian Labradoodles, fueled by a passion for holistic practices and exceptional quality. My focus lies in fostering strong bonds between humans and dogs, crafting loyal companions for therapy, service, and family — spreading love, one precious puppy at a time.

Alana Holst

Alana Holst

Australian Labradoodle Breeder

We make a heartfelt promise to our cherished puppies and their new families, dedicating ourselves to the health, happiness, and lifelong well-being of every Labradoodle we raise and to fostering a supportive community among our adoptive families. Learn more about us.

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At Big Rock Labradoodles, we champion a comprehensive, science-based, and holistic approach in breeding and nurturing exceptional standard-sized genuine Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles. Our commitment to atypical rearing strategies ensures that we never settle for the ordinary — we strive for extraordinary dogs destined for prolonged and fulfilling lives. Learn more about our code of ethics and our adoption process. When you feel ready to welcome a new family member, we invite you to fill out our adoption application — the first step towards finding your new furry family member.