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Alright. So I finally got everything prepared, got to the point in my research where I felt comfortable making the switch and spent probably close to 4 hours preparing chicken and pork meals for him (I'll be getting goat in the next week or so). Bandit absolutely adores liver which is something I was worried about because it seems like a lot of the pups on this forum can't stand it so that's good. But this morning I tried to give him chicken and he picked some up, walked away probably two feet and spit it out. I was so frustrated because of how much time I've put into this but I absolutely refused to give up and just give him kibble. So I took the chicken, heated a frying pan as hot as it could go and seared the chicken with an egg for probably 30 seconds and then topped that off with a scoop of un-flavored yogurt. Luckily, he really enjoyed that and gobbled it up. I don't know if it was the texture of the chicken or what but I'm going to have to figure out something to keep him eating. I don't think there's any real question here lol. I just felt really welcomed to this community so I wanted to share mine and Bandit's progress! :huddle:


Also I swear I will post pictures of him soon! I keep logging on here from my work computer but I'll try to reply to this post from my phone and see if I can post a few pictures to this thread!
 

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Here''s some pics of him! I'm getting a DNA test for him for my birthday :) the pup on the right is Molly my parents 9 y/o pug
 

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There are many ways to switch dogs over to raw, some switch easier than others. Heating often works, or try cutting it up into small cubes. Sometimes the texture throws some dogs off, so the smaller pieces are easier for them. You can also try frozen chunks. you can also skip a meal or two, get him good and hungry. As long as your dog is healthy that is. Just keep at and good luck.
 

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There are many ways to switch dogs over to raw, some switch easier than others. Heating often works, or try cutting it up into small cubes. Sometimes the texture throws some dogs off, so the smaller pieces are easier for them. You can also try frozen chunks. you can also skip a meal or two, get him good and hungry. As long as your dog is healthy that is. Just keep at and good luck.
Thank you! I'll have to try some of that. I'd like to keep it as raw as possible, so the more ways I have to making him eat it that don't involve heating it the better. I think I will save heating it as a last resort. I'm going to buy some pumpkin today and see if I can mix that in to make him enjoy the chicken better. He had absolutely no problems with pork that I saw, but something about the texture of chicken really throws him off.


I don't want to skip meals because him and Molly eat at the same time and they get confused and upset when the other one eats and not them. We're already having issues with Molly being jealous of what Bandit gets to eat because she's on kibble until my dad gets the all-clear from her vet to switch her to a raw diet.

Also, has anyone had any experience with dogs getting food aggressive when they switch to a raw diet? My mother is convinced that is going to happen and no matter how much I show her that he'll let me do anything to his food and doesn't care she still thinks it's going to develop. I've stuck my hand in while he's eating (He ate around my hand and looked confused), I took his food away while he was eating (He sat pretty and begged for it back) and I even let Molly sniff his food bowl and he let her basically push him out of the way. No sign of aggression with anything. Is this something I actually need to be cautious of? Or is my mom being overly- cautious?
 

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It just depends on the dog. I've never had an issue with food aggression with any of mine. Some dogs will become a bit more food aggressive after switching if the meat is a very high value item for them, but they get over it with training and as it becomes a more normal thing. Most dogs don't have an issue. But the raw meat has nothing to do with it. It's still a popular myth that if a dog "tastes blood" from having raw meat, that it'll make it "blood thirsty" and aggressive. That's simply not true. Any food aggression that may pop up is because the meat is a more valuable item. A dog may become the same way over a chew, or toy.
 

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Thank you! I'll have to try some of that. I'd like to keep it as raw as possible, so the more ways I have to making him eat it that don't involve heating it the better. I think I will save heating it as a last resort. I'm going to buy some pumpkin today and see if I can mix that in to make him enjoy the chicken better. He had absolutely no problems with pork that I saw, but something about the texture of chicken really throws him off.


I don't want to skip meals because him and Molly eat at the same time and they get confused and upset when the other one eats and not them. We're already having issues with Molly being jealous of what Bandit gets to eat because she's on kibble until my dad gets the all-clear from her vet to switch her to a raw diet.

Also, has anyone had any experience with dogs getting food aggressive when they switch to a raw diet? My mother is convinced that is going to happen and no matter how much I show her that he'll let me do anything to his food and doesn't care she still thinks it's going to develop. I've stuck my hand in while he's eating (He ate around my hand and looked confused), I took his food away while he was eating (He sat pretty and begged for it back) and I even let Molly sniff his food bowl and he let her basically push him out of the way. No sign of aggression with anything. Is this something I actually need to be cautious of? Or is my mom being overly- cautious?
As he eats the chicken seared more, start to back off the searing until he is eating it raw. Sometimes it just takes them some time to learn what to do.

All dogs are already wired by nature to eat meat. Its a myth about it making them aggressive.
 

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thanks guys. I assumed that it was a myth. But my mother is so convinced that its hard to tell her otherwise. I suppose over time she'll see that it hasn't changed him
 
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