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21 Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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Did you know that you can make dog food from home?

What if I told you that you could make dog food from home with the ingredients you already have in your kitchen? You might need larger quantities of items you use on a regular basis and you might have to pick up a few new items from the market, but it’ll be worth it in the end. Learn how to with my list of the best homemade dog food recipes.

Have You Been Doing it Wrong All Along?

Recently, I did a post on the best dog treats for training. It had me thinking, there’s gotta be a way I can make treats at home (post on that coming soon). Then, I thought hmmm…I should make a post on homemade dog food recipes just for fun.

So here we are.

There are so many high-quality dog foods on the market, but the price tags on them aren’t always appealing. Think about it. The better the quality of the ingredients, the more expensive it is to manufacture the product. The more expensive the manufacturing process, the more the product costs in stores. Just a little economics for you.

The dog food industry really is an industry. Manufactures are out to make a profit. They prey on dog lovers whom they know will buy their products because well, a dog’s gotta eat too. Sometimes that product doesn’t live up to its expectations. Your dog could be allergic to the ingredients like wheat, soy, or gluten. Artificial preservatives can cause adverse effects in your dog. Yes, there are dog foods out there without these ingredients, but they’re often more expensive.

Why Go the Homemade Route?

I came across a few homemade dog food cookbooks on Amazon that not only have some great homemade dog food recipes (we’ll get to that later), but also talk about the benefits of making and feeding your dog homemade food. Using these sources, I’ve complied a list of the best homemade dog food recipes your dog will enjoy. Better still, some of the recipes cater to a specialty diet for your pooch.

Benefits

Complete control over ingredients

graphic: control over ingredients

You are the boss when it comes to determining the ingredients that go into your dog’s food. If your dog is a large breed, you can use more hearty ingredients like beef, beans, pasta, or spinach. Want to turn things down a notch? Is your dog a little on the small side? You can go for carrots or chicken. Got a puppy? He’ll need extra protein, fat, and calories. You can fine tune your dog’s diet based on his needs. There’s really no limit to how much flexibility you have with making your dog’s food from scratch, which leads us to the next point.

Can cater to specialty diets

graphic: cater to specialty diet

Grain-free dog foods have become increasingly popular because people have begun to realize that dogs have a hard time digesting grains. You can put him on a meat-based diet with less carbohydrates, also known as the Paleo diet. And if you really want to go the extra mile, you can put your dog on the raw diet where you feed your dog, you guessed it, raw food. Or more specifically, raw meat.

Can rule out any ingredients causing adverse effects in your dog

graphic: cross out ingredients

You’re better able to determine what ingredient(s) causes a reaction in your dog. If he ends up having an adverse reaction (i.e. gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea or constipation) to commercial dog food, there are so many ingredients that you can’t easily pinpoint the exact one that caused the reaction. If you prepare your dog’s food and he has a reaction to an ingredient, it’s a lot easier to rule out what caused it because, you guessed it…there are only a few ingredients in homemade dog food.

Saves you money

graphic: save money

Dog food isn’t the most affordable pet product on the market, especially if your dog is on a specialty diet. Homemade dog food can cut costs. A lot of the ingredients in homemade dog food are staples that you already have at home or can buy at discounted prices in bulk. If you buy in bulk, you won’t have to worry about constantly spending money on ingredients when they’ll already be available in your pantry of refrigerator.

Fresh food tastes better

graphic: fresh is better

There’s really nothing to explain about this point except the fact that kibble is produced from a machine. It’s manufactured. Real food is made with real, fresh ingredients.

Some Things to Consider

Foods to avoid feeding your dog

graphic: foods to avoid feeding dog

  • Alcohol
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot pits
  • Avacados
  • Cherry pits
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Cooked bones (can splinter and puncture digestive organs)
  • Garlic (only in moderation)
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Nutmeg
  • Onions
  • Peach pits
  • Persimmon seeds
  • Plum pits
  • Potato peels (okay to eat parts without green discoloration and eyes)
  • Raw dough
  • Xylitol

Talk with your vet about food recommendations

veterinarian holding dog

Your vet will tell you the best portions and foods to feed your dog that may be based on your dog’s age, size, activity level. A possible health problem may also determine the best foods to feed your dog.

Feed your dog a balanced diet

raw beef and vegetables
A balanced diet is essential to your dog’s nutrition.
  • Too much protein can cause your dog’s kidneys and liver to work too hard, which could lead to organ failure and many other serious problems. Too little protein can stunt a puppy’s growth.
  • If you incorporate too much fat in your pooch’s diet, it could cause excessive weight gain. Not enough fat? He may have a dull coat and flaky skin.
  • Too many vitamins can overwork your furbaby’s organs, while too little vitamins can lead to low energy and weakness.
  • If you give your dog too much fiber, he’s in for some serious gas. Too little fiber? He’ll be having loose stools all over the place.

Shopping for ingredients

graphic: grocery cart with bags of groceries

  • Buy meats, fruits, and vegetables close to expiration, which means lower prices for you and easier digestion for your pup.
  • Look for bruised or slightly damaged fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets. This saves money as well. Some farmers may even give away items for free!
  • Buy meat in bulk and freeze it.
  • Buy less desirable cuts of meat such as liver, kidney, gizzards, or tripe (cow stomach lining). Because they’re less desirable, they’re cheaper than the meats people usually like to buy.

Things You’ll Need

  • Blender or food processor
  • Food scale
  • Separate freezer (optional)

Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Breakfast

graphic: bacon and eggs

#1: Mini Liver Quiche (Grain-Free)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yields: 6 Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pounds of rinsed and cooked chicken livers
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup green beans, diced and cookedquiche muffins for breakfast

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil muffin pan or use parchment muffin liners.
  2. Mash chicken livers with the back of a fork. Beat eggs in a bowl. Then, mix in chicken livers and green beans.
  3. Pour the mixture into muffin pan about 3/4 full. Leave in the over for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Let cool before serving.
  5. Store any leftover in fridge for up to 3 days.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter


#2: Chia Seed Oatmeal (Raw)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Resting time: 12 hours

Yields: 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 apples
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Place oats and chia seeds in a bowl. Then, pour almond milk.
  2. Peel apples. Then, core and grate them. Discard apple seeds.
  3. Toss apples with honey and lemon juice. Add apples and yogurt to chia seeds and oats mixture.
  4. Stir ingredients and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  5. Store any leftovers in fridge for up to 7 days.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter


#3: Scrambled Eggs with Anchovies (Grain-Free, Paleo)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 can anchovies in oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese

Directions:

  1. Beat eggs. Then, mix with cottage cheese.
  2. Strain oil from anchovies and add to hot frying pan. Cook until roasted.
  3. Turn down heat and pour egg mixture over anchovies. Scramble the eggs.
  4. Let cool before serving.

from Dog Food Homemade by Catherine McGraw


#4: Spinach Omelet (Grain-Free, Paleo)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yields: 1 omelet

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, torn
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

omelet with spinach

Directions: 

  1. Whisk eggs. Add spinach and cheese. Then, stir ingredients.
  2. Coat non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture into skillet.
  3. Cook on medium for abour 5 minutes. Flip with spatula and cook for another 5 minutes or until.firm.
  4. Allow to cool before serving.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter


#5: Cottage Cheese Breakfast (Grain-Free, Raw)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Yields: 1 cup

  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mashed blueberries (yum!)

Directions:

  1. Mix cottage cheese, plain yogurt, and mashed blueberries.
  2. Serve.
  3. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 5 days.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter


#6: Deviled Eggs (Grain-Free, Paleo)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Resting time: 15 minutes

Yields: 12 half-eggs

  • 6 eggs
  • Water, as needed
  • 1/4 cup chicken livers, rinsed, cooked, and pureed
  • 1 tsp organic apple cidar vinegar

deviled eggs

Directions:

  1. Beat eggs in small bowl. Place eggs in saucepan filled with water. Boil.
  2. Cover pot, put on low heat. Cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Turn off heat. Leave eggs covered for 15 minutes. Uncover eggs and rinse in cold water.
  4. Under running water, crack and peel eggs.
  5. Slice eggs and take out yolks. Place yolks in bowl. Then, adds chicken livers. Mash egg yolks and chicken livers until combined.
  6. Add cooked egg yolk mixture to cooked egg whites.
  7. Serve.
  8. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter

Lunch

sandwich for lunch

#7: Stir Fried Salmon Rice (Paleo)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Yields: 1 portion

Ingredients:

  • 250g salmon fillet
  • 100g rice
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Place salmon in aliminum pan. Bake at 180 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
  2. Cook rice and cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces..
  3. Remove salmon from oven. Then, add rice and vegetables. Pour in olive oil.
  4. Cool before serving.

from Dog Food Homemade by Catherine McGraw


#8: Vitamin Bombs

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Yields: 1 serving

Imgredients:

  • 200g whole grain rice
  • 200g cottage cheese
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tbsp linseeds
  • 1 banana

Directions:

  1. Cook rice in medium saucepan filled with 4 cups of water. Allow to cool.
  2. Wash carrots under warm running water. Cut them into small cubes.
  3. Peel banana and mash with the back of a fork.
  4. Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  5. Cool before serving.
  6. Rerigerate any leftovers.

from Dog Food Homemade by Catherine McGraw


#9: Dog Patties with Quinoa

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 200g white rice
  • 50g quinoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 grams quark or plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana

Directions:

quinoa patty on bread

  1. Boil rice in a saucepan on high heat.
  2. Mash banana with back of a fork.
  3. Allow rice to cool. Then, place in a medium bowl and mix with quinoa, eggs, and yogurt.
  4. Form ingredients into flat patties. Make them into any size you’d like.
  5. Add butter to a pan on medium heat. Place patties into pan. Allow them to cook on each side for about 7 minutes.
  6. Remove patties from pan and strain them on paper towels.
  7. Let cool before serving.
  8. Rerigerate any leftovers.

from Dog Food Homemade by Catherine McGraw


#10: Beef and Liver Meatballs (Paleo)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/2lb liver, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

Directions:beef meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat.
  3. Wait until skillet is hot. Then, add spinach and saute until shrunken.
  4. Place spinach in medium bowl. Then add beef, liver, oats, eggs, and turmeric.
  5. Mix ingredients. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  6. Coat baking pan with cooking spray. Place meatballs onto pan, evenly spaced.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes until browned and cooked thoroughly.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

from Homemade Dog Food Cookbook by Erica Russel

Side Dishes

side dish with watermelon and mango

#11: Kale Chips (Grain-Free, Paleo)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Yields: 10-20 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 head kale, washed and dried
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:baked kale chips

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut kale into 2 in. pieces, making sure to remove ribs.
  3. Place kale pieces into Ziploc bag. Add olive oil. Then, shake bag until kale is fully coated with olive oil.
  4. Remove kale pieces from bag and place onto cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until crisp.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter


#12: Sweet Potato Potstickers

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Yields: 12 potstickers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 wanton wrappers
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add sweet potato, rosemary, and cheeses to blender or food processor. Pulse until completely combined.
  3. Coat edges of wanton wrapper with olive oil. Put 1 tablespoon of the mixture in center of wanton wrapper. Close wrapper by crimping edges together.
  4. Place wrappers on a baking sheet, Fill until all the mixture is used.
  5. Coat wantons with sunflower oil using pastry brush.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool. Then, serve.
  8. Place any leftovers in fridge for up to 3 days or in freezer in airtight container for up to 6 months.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter


#13: Skinny Veggies (Grain-Free)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 3 minutes (in microwave)

Yields: 4-5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1lb carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/2lb green beans, chopped

Directions:

  1. Chop vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Mix them in large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or lid. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Add to another meal for a balanced diet. With each portion, add 1 tablespoon of water, and microwave for 3 minutes.
  3. Cool before serving.
  4. Refigerate any leftovers for up to 5 days.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter

Dinner

whole turkey on bed of vegetables

#14: Lamb with Apple and Potatoes (Grain-Free, Paleo)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 300g lamb, finely chopped
  • 50g quinoa
  • 5 potatoes, peeled, and chopped
  • 2 apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa in saucepan with 3 cups of water.
  2. Chop up lamb, potatoes, and apples. Add lamb and potatoes to saucepan with quinoa.
  3. Strain off water and add chopped apples.
  4. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley.
  5. Allow to cool before serving.

from Dog Food Homemade by Catherine McGraw


#15: Crockpot Shredded Turkey and Veggies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 12 hours

Yields: 5 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4.5lbs turkey legs
  • 12oz. dry kidney beans, cooked (or canned)
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1/3 cup green beans
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp cod oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar

Directions:

  1. Cook kidney beans. Drain and set aside.
  2. Rinse turkey legs with warm water. Place in a stockpot.
  3. Fill stockpot with water until turkey is covered. Add vinegar.
  4. Turn heat to medium high. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 8 hours.
  5. Remove turkey bones from broth and discard. You should never feed your dog cooked bones. 
  6. Place turkey meat and broth in crockpot. Shred the meat.
  7. Add rice, vegetables, and cod oil to crockpot and cook on high for 2-3 hours until rice and vegetables are tender.
  8. Allow to cool before serving.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

from Homemade Dog Food Cookbook by Erica Russel


#16: Chicken Casserole (Paleo)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chopped green beans
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Directions:chicken with vegetables in pot

  1. Wash chicken breasts with warm water. Remove fat from chicken breasts. Chop them into small pieces.
  2. Cook chicken in a non-stick pan on medium heat until it’s no longer pink. Optional: Add olive oil if chicken is sticking to the pan.
  3. Put chicken, vegetables, rolled oats, and broth in large pot, Cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Cool and serve.
  5. Store leftovers in fridge for up to 5 days.

from Cooking For Dogs by Lou Jefferson


#17: Raw Meatloaf (Raw)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Yields: 6 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1lb raw ground beef, bison, lamb, turkey, or chicken
  • 2 cups pureed vegetables
  • 1/4 cup liver, gizzards, or kidneys, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup organic apple cidar vinegar
  • 3 eggs with shells, finely broken

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Serve.
  3. Store in fridge for up to 3 days or freezer in airtight container for up to 6 months.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter

Desserts/Treats

#18: Blueberry Fruit Rollups (Grain-Free)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 7 hours

Yields: 5 (1 1/2 in. x 6 in.) strips

Ingredients:

  • 1lb fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.
  3. Spread mixture onto parchment paper, making sure to avoid the edges.
  4. Bake for 6-7 hours until rollups are no longer sticky. Remove them from oven and allow to cool.
  5. Cut rollups into strips and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

from The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permente


#19: Happy Dog Bones

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yields: 16 bone treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups soy flour
  • 1 cup yeast flakes
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1 3/4 cups broth (or water)

Directions:boned-shaped dog treats

  1. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Combine egg, cooking oil, and broth (or water).
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and blend until smooth and forms a dough.
  4. Cut dough into thirds. Sprinkle flour onto a surface and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
  5. Cut dough into bone shapes. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. When done, let cool, Then refrigerate.
  7. Serve.

from Cooking for Dogs by Lou Jefferson


#20: Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yields: 45 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 300g wheat flour
  • 150g whole meal wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, peanut butter, banana, and eggs in a medium bowl until dough is formed.
  2. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface. Cut into 0.5 cm slices.
  3. Place raw cookie dough onto baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Allow cookies to cool.
  6. Serve.
  7. Store leftovers in fridge or freezer.

from Dog Food Homemade by Catherine McGraw

#21: Liver and Sweet Potato Trail Mix (Grain-Free)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 4 hours

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1lb chicken livers
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cooked
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash chicken livers with warm water and cut off any excess fat, Cut into strips.
  3. Cut carrots, sweet potato, and banana into strips.
  4. Line baking sheet with aliminum foil. Place chicken liver, vegetables, and banana on baking sheet.
  5. Leave oven door slightly cracked.
  6. Dehydrate trail mix in oven for about 3-4 hours or until it reaches diesired texture.
  7. Remove from oven and cool.
  8. Serve (bon apetit!).

from Homemade Dog Food Cookbook by Erica Russel

Conclusion

Well, there you have it, a complete list of the best homemade dog food recipes to feed your hungry canine companion. I hope that you try some of these recipes. If you do, let me know what you think in the comments!

Resources:

The Healthy Hound Cookbook by Paris Permenter

Dog Food Homemade by Catherine McGraw

Homemade Dog Food Cookbook by Erica Russel

Cooking for Dogs by Lou Jefferson

25 thoughts on “21 Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

  1. Reply
    Edgar - January 11, 2019

    For one to prepare dog food, this would be the ideal site. It presents a number of recipes that would be quite helpful.

    I particularly liked the section that highlighted the food we should not give our dogs.

    Nice post.

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hi Edgar!

      So glad you liked the post. It’s definitely crucial for dog owners to know what foods to avoid feeding their canine companions.

      Thanks for reading!

      B

  2. Reply
    Irma Mireya Yu Way Vega - January 11, 2019

    Interesting, I never knew that dogs could eat the same things we usually do. I like the recipes and they look delicious, but I never would do it for a dog. Just my opinion.

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hi Irma!

      I’m glad you liked the recipes. And that’s perfectly fine that you wouldn’t enjoy cooking for your dog. 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

      B

  3. Reply
    Michael - January 11, 2019

    Hey Britney!

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. My black lab is allergic to wheat, so purchasing store brand products isn’t always optimal.

    Plus, like you mentioned, the price isn’t so appealing. 🙂

    You’ve given me plenty of ideas for food I can feed my Chucky! Thanks!!!! 😀

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hey Michael!

      Your lab would definitely benefit from some of the grain-free recipes I’ve shared in this post. Finding a good brand that’s wheat-free may not only be daunting, but also not the best for your pockets.

      So glad to help!

      B

  4. Reply
    Nancy - January 11, 2019

    That is such a smart idea of making your own food. It’s so true, a lot of the commercially processed food for our fur babies is not so good.

    Some of these recipes I might make for myself. 🙂

    I don’t have dogs but have kitties so I might look into making homemade food for them after reading this.

    Thanks for doing the research.

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hey Nancy!

      While not all commercial dog food isn’t processed, it’s still great to have control over what ingredients your pooch consumes.

      I hope that you do try some of the recipes. If you do, I’d love to know what you and your kitties think of them!

      B

  5. Reply
    Carolyn Roy - January 11, 2019

    Thanks for the inspiration. Our dog is such a picky eater that it’s hard to get her to try anything! She’s been like that for 10 years! I’m going to give some of these a go. I had no idea about some of the things on the naughty list! Thanks for the info.

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hey Carolyn!

      Unfortunately, some dogs are picky eaters, just like children once they get a certain age. My dogs are like that. Maybe it’s because I’ve spoiled them. (shrugs)

      I’d love to hear how your dog likes the recipes. Good luck!

      B

  6. Reply
    Donna - January 11, 2019

    Hi Britney,

    Love your post! I have a furbaby and have often told my husband that I wish we could make Chance homemade dog food. Your recipes sound delish! Made me hungry! Lol! We buy him the “All Natrual” dog food, but you are right, it ain’t cheap that’s for sure.

    He already has to have chicken every night with his dog food.

    Thank you for the great information,
    Donna

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hey Donna!

      So glad you love the post. And as the Nike slogan goes, just do it. What are you waiting for? Haha.

      All natural dog food is great, but like you say, it isn’t good for your budget in the long run. Besides, who knows for certain the ingredients in all natural dog food are the best ingredients? Remember, it is an industry, and profits are king.

      Thanks for reading!

      B

  7. Reply
    Liliana - January 12, 2019

    This recipes are so useful!!! Thank you so much as well for the tips!
    Lily

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hi Lily!

      It’s definitely my pleasure!

      B

  8. Reply
    Dale - January 12, 2019

    Unfortunately, we lost our dog last year, but you sound just as passionate as we were. Our pooch was a loving member of our family and got treated like that. We prepared many of his meals from scratch as well and he loved them. We got to enjoy him for over 13 years and his health was always important to us. I wish your website would have been around a little while back and I’m sure he would have got to enjoy plenty of your recipes.

    Dale

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hi Dale!

      I’m so sorry to hear about your pooch’s passing. I’ve lost a couple of four-legged friends in the past as well, so I definitely feel your pain. I’m so glad to hear that you fed him like he was a human member of your family. I know lots of people who say they’re just dogs, but they’re like us, except with four legs and fur.

      I wish my site was around a while back as well. I would’ve been honored to give you recipe ideas for your canine companion.

      Thanks for reading!

      B

  9. Reply
    Sujandar Mahesan - January 12, 2019

    I have my own pet dog at my house. Now and then, I want to give my dog something that I made instead of just buying canned foods from the supermarket. This article has so many choices of homemade food. I love all of them and I am going to try one by one.

    Thank you so much for sharing this article.

    1. Reply
      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hi Sujander!

      There’s definitely nothing wrong with giving your dog your own creations. The important thing to remember is to make sure you’re feeding him a balanced diet so that he’s getting all the important nutrients. So glad you enjoyed the recipes!

      Thanks for reading!

      B

  10. Reply
    Paul - January 12, 2019

    Dear Britney,

    This is an interesting and helpful post. Thanks for the article I enjoyed it and I got great insights from your post.

    What I liked about your post is you are not just giving the homemade dog food, the additional information you have provided such as, why we need to make the dog food at home and the benefits are awesome.

    Also the 21 recipes seem very easy to do and you explained them very well in-detail. I am going to share this post with my friends who are have dogs in their home.

    For sure this post is going to be beneficial for many.

    Much Success!

    Paul

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      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hi Paul!

      So glad you enjoyed this post.

      I thought that it would be extra helpful to provide some additional information about homemade dog food for people who are unsure about the benefits. And yes, the recipes are very easy to make. They do require a few ingredients the average person may not have on hand, but when bought in bulk, you can save a lot of money and time grocery shopping.

      I would definitely appreciate you sharing this post with your friends. I’d love to help as many folks as I can.

      Thanks for reading!

      B

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    Dave Sweney - January 12, 2019

    Love the name of your website, first of all! I was expecting something like “The Dog Pound” or similar, but “The Paw Institute” has a great ring to it that people will remember! Now on to this post…

    I had no idea that you could make up homemade dog food. As a kid, the dogs wanted to eat everything we ate at the dinner table, and often they did get the scraps, but since I have been grown and away, I have not done that with our dogs…

    We buy the standard fare offered in the market, and although the dogs eat the stuff, I am not sure they are really crazy for it (I sure wouldn’t be!).

    I like that you can control the ingredients, the end product is fresh as opposed to being who knows how old, and it is not processed like most of the dog food varieties available in the market.

    Add to that the cost (it is getting more and more expensive, have you noticed that?) of the dog food, and like many things, you realize at some point that you will save time and eat better preparing it at home (okay, the dog will eat better)…

    You also have offered so many tips and advice that is really useful to get started preparing your own dog food. The recipes also are innovative and sound pretty good even to me as a human!

    Thanks for one of the most informative and useful posts I have read this week. I have bookmarked the website because anyone having this much sense (regarding putting this article and complete guide together) likely has a lot more I need to read and learn about!

    I have one more suggestion: You obviously have a very creative mind and an excellent set of writing skills. I believe that you could easily package your content into a successful launch of an eBook on Kindle or some of the other book sales sites that are out there. Let me know if you are interested, I may be able to help you with that! 

    Cheers! 

    Dave : )

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      Britney - January 12, 2019

      Hi Dave!

      Thanks for that! I was surprised when I found out the domain name was available.

      Like you, I’ve given my dogs leftovers of my food. There’s nothing wrong with that. Where some pet parents mess up is not giving their dogs table food. It’s when they fail to give them all the nutrients they need. For example, if you’ve got a few pieces of steak left over and give it to your dog, but don’t leave some broccoli or carrots, that’s where you mess up.

      This is why dog food is so convenient. It’s packed with all types of essential nutrients, especially with the all-natural ones they advertise these days. The dog food industry has definitely evolved since I was a kid. All I knew was Kibbles ‘n Bits, Gravy Train, and Purina. But there are so many new brands out now. Unfortunately, they can be pretty expensive.

      The recipes are pretty much meals we would enjoy as humans. That’s what makes it so appealing to our furry friends. I’m honored that this post has been informative and useful to you. The fact that you’ve bookmarked it motivates me to keep writing content that is helpful to my readers.

      I’d definitely be interested in writing an eBook. I’ll actually be working on one very soon. 🙂

      B

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    Rosie the Roadie - January 12, 2019

    What a fantastic post.  I often fed my dogs leftovers from the evening meal and always thought that I was giving them a treat.  Now, from your post, I know that I was actually giving them essential nutrients.

    I fed them offal, chicken, various types of red meats and filleted fish. They were well fed, but never fat or unhealthy.

    All the years that I had hens and I never thought to give my dogs eggs.  Thinking back, I had one dog who used to raid the hen house and eat their eggs.  She obviously needed something that her diet was missing and was smarter than me. 

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    Ivan - January 29, 2019

    Hi Britney,

    I have to say that I am amazed by your presentation over here. Homemade dog food is a brilliant idea. I come from a family where we feed our dog with dog food as well as leftovers from lunch or dinner. However, my mom will be thrilled to see your post. Great work, thank you.

    Ivan

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      Britney - January 30, 2019

      Hi Ivan!

      I’m so glad you love my presentation. I agree, homemade dog food is a brilliant idea. I’ve often thought of doing it myself, but never got around to it. We feed our dogs scraps too. Now they won’t leave us alone when we’re eating.

      And I’d love to hear your mom’s thoughts about the post!

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