SWITCHING TO A RAW DOG FOOD DIET
Raw feeding dogs is the most natural way to ensure they receive the nutrition they need to thrive. Making the change is really easy too. The first step towards making the switch to a raw dog food diet is to determine the right amount of raw food your dog will need. Our handy raw feeding calculator will assist you in calculating this.
Feeding your dog raw food
Most dogs don’t require a transition period when it comes to switching to a raw dog food diet. You simply do a complete swap from day one and 9 out of 10 dogs who are new to raw food simply can't seem to get enough of it.
There is a small percentage of dogs who will need a gradual transition from their previous food. If your dog is one of these, then we recommend giving your dog raw food for one meal and then feeding them their regular food for the other meal over the first seven days. If you are a current dry feeder and free feed (leave the dry food out all day) it is best to remove this and only put the dry mealtime down at set mealtimes; as this will be how you feed when you make the full switch to raw feeding.
Alternatively, when switching to a raw dog food diet, introduce the raw food alongside their current food. The best way to do this is by making up their usual bowl of dry food with around 25% of raw food and 75% dry. The overtime you gradually up the amount of raw and reduce the dry until you’ve fully switched.
Be assertive when switching your dog to a raw dog food diet
Dogs, like humans, can be a bit reticent when it comes to changing their diet or trying a new food for the first time. When you give your dog raw food for the first time, there is a change in the texture, taste and smell to what they are used to. This can sometimes make it a slow process for your dog to adjust to a raw dog food diet.
Dogs have a pack mentality, so it is important that you replicate the pack leader and just walk away if they refuse to eat. This demonstrates that it is not acceptable for your dog to refuse the food. You should never fuss over a fussy eater. Remain calm and neutral and your dog will eat once they are hungry.
After you have given your dog raw food, give them 5-10 minutes to start eating it. If they don’t, simply pick it up, wrap it up safely and place it back in the fridge. Then, after 30 minutes, place the food back down. Your dog will not starve itself and will always eventually eat. Do not give your dog any other food or treats until they start to embrace their raw dog food diet.
Another important thing to remember to do when raw feeding dogs, is to ensure you still give your dog plenty of water and keep exercising them enough to keep them interested in eating. You can also try placing some grated cheese on the raw food, as this will usually encourage their noses into the new food.
Raw feeding dogs with Uberpet
Starting your pooch’s raw dog food diet with Uberpet couldn’t be easier. All of our recipes are nutritionally balanced, providing a complete meal. There is no need to add other supplements. Your dog will love them and you will begin to see the benefits that raw feeding brings.
Simply visit the Uberpet online shop to view our range of complete raw dog food and order today. Then, once your hamper arrives, unpack the trays and put them in the freezer. Defrost a tray in the fridge overnight to start raw feeding your dog the very next day.
It really is as simple as that!