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Old 12-10-2013, 03:54 PM
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Yep! Quest gets about 90% of his meals frozen. He's a careful chewer/no gulping, but I like to take advantage of it taking him longer to eat. Plus, I forget to thaw things on a regular basis.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:26 PM
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Oh yah, by the age of 2 she'd be fine with the occasional weird meal. Just start her slow to be sure her system will take it.

And yup, frozen is fine. Apollo prefers frozen actually....
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:48 PM
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Yay! This sounds like fun. She's a big chewer so I'm sure she'll enjoy that on bigger pieces, plus then I don't have to thaw stuff XD

I gave her a few small pieces of pork today to test the waters. She was very, very excited. And focused.
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Dogs have survived for thousands of years living off our table scraps...

The one thing I would be VERY careful about, is to not reinforce begging, not even one little bit. I don't know about you, but I can't stand it when dogs beg, or even stare at me when I am eating. I would suggest putting the scraps away and using them for a training session later, or a separate meal. I give Yogi bones and things, but always separate from cooking or our meal. He know when I say "human food", he gives up and lies down.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:04 AM
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I know dogs have survived perfectly fine off table scraps and raw before, but I don't want to risk her being the silly one once and hurting herself. And it'd be nicer to not have her get fat at all-she's so perfectly sized and muscly now that I don't want to ruin it lol. A friend came over the other day (professional athlete) who agreed when I said I was jealous of her legs XD And he's not exactly scrawny. Just want to keep her health first, since I can afford decent food for her.

Koda came to me with a huge begging problem. I don't mind her staring, it's pretty funny to watch her stare at other people actually, but the counter surfing and attempting to grab food from my hands (rare but it happens..not even for the best stuff...and when you're trying to make snowballs for her) are bigger issues. It was way worse when she first got here but she got the hang of it, for the most part.

I did put the scraps away though and wait before feeding, or at the very least she has to wait until I'm done. If I catch her fast enough I can call out leave it and things are fine. Mostly she likes sitting under other people when they eat-I'm pretty clean and don't drop things often but other people are messy and she manages to get crumbs even when they aren't sharing -_- But that's another topic lol. She's not that bad or I'd have looked around/asked for help sooner.
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Storm will ONLY eat frozen meats... I think anything softer feels like living tissue - fingers, toes... etc... lol

He'll whimper, keep giving it to me, and whimper... After a while I freeze it, and he's happy...
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So...we tried a small meaty piece that was raw.

Stool etc is normal, farts smell TERRIBLE. She only had one or two but compared to normal they were bad xD Maybe a smaller piece next time to get her more used to it first...? Or a different type of meat. We'll see what I can find.
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Go smaller, and if you can stand the smell do so for a couple days and see how she does.
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Oh yes, anything that falls on the floor is fair game--Yogi loves Taco night
And if I'm cooking in the kitchen, he's there on cleanup duty.

But will he ever get anywhere by begging? --noooooo

I've forgotten how bad dog farts can be--Yogi had them bad before we switched him to a better food. Haven't had one in a while. Hopefully it is just a matter of getting the right digestive enzymes cranked up, and next time will get better.
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Fair enough, I do try to not reinforce begging :P Her begging is mostly hard stares at your food but every now and then she still tries to creep in my lap and I have to stand/remind her to not steal XD

To be fair to poor Koda, they could have been much worse-it's not like I had to clear the room. She normally smells good though so it was a big change. XD I think trying less will help but we're gonna keep trying in small amounts.
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