What makes the best dog
food for a healthy dog? Certainly not modern dog food made by Royal
Canin, Pedigree and other similar pet food companies making corn-based
foods which are Genetically Modified and killing your pets.
See Gypsy's new article on feeding your adult dogs and puppies a
What Dogs Ate in the Past
was a time not that long ago when there were no mills, no bags of dog
food, and no milk bone or dog treats. For thousands, if not
years the dog, that was not a pet, but a means for human survival, ate
what he found, or found scraps from the table of the humans they worked
this time dogs, like their human counter parts, were healthier and
lived longer. Working dogs would eat the faeces of herbivores, such as
sheep, horses and cattle.
They found nests of chickens and
wild birds, they caught rabbit, and ate healthy table scraps that
contained peels and other parts of vegetables we now remove, and toss
away. They ate whole grain breads, and raw milk.
How to Feed Dogs Today for Optimal Health
all we can see the decline of our dogs following the same path as our
own human health has also declined in modern times.
The main component
in the canine diet is raw
foods. It is said the cooking of foods is
responsible for 70% of the illness now found in dogs.
foods are partially digested, leaving the dogs very strong digestive
juices to weaken. His strong internal digestive organs cannot work
properly and again, weaken.
In the past dogs were left to tear
large portions of meat often swallowing them almost whole. This allows
the digestive organs to work hard. This hard work also helps greatly
with parasite control.
The next thing to remember is that a
dog can't digest grains as easily as he can meat.
raw meat should make up 70%
of the dogs diet and is the best dog food to give them.
However some breeds of
guardian dogs have adapted to easting the droppings of the livestock
they guard, and in this case those droppings make up a larger part of
the dogs diet.
This may sound gross to some, but when you have
several 150-200lb dogs to feed, you will be happy to allow them to eat
as much poop as they want!
The last thing to remember is that
a dog does not eat every
day in the wild. He rests his digestive
system. To allow a dog to eat every day is not good for them.
guardian dogs have carcass of deer or rams that have been culled from
our flocks available at all times. They may chew on the bones every
day, but they don't eat it every day.
We do supplement with
other food, about every 3 days as they will leave the food to rot if we
offer it to them on a daily basis. Dogs are not humans, they don't need
to graze and eat constantly. They are predators, they are gouge and
fast type animals.
Feeding Puppies for Good Health
exception to this is raising puppies. They do need to eat every day
will want and eat grains. We save back rams to be used for feeding
puppies so they can have raw meat rather than began life with ruining
their digestive systems.
We do not buy dog treats. When we
butcher we dehydrate the organs we don't like to eat, kidney, lungs,
neck, and so on. This is dried for later treats for the dogs. Because
we have Akbash dogs
they are large enough to break even the thigh bone
in the leg of large animals. The marrow is excellent for them.
you have a smaller dog you may want to break the bones for them. Never
give your dog a whole carcass. Most will leave it to rot. We skin at
least half the carcass, so the dog can get into it easier and not eat
as much hair.
Most of the time we take the hides for tanning.
When we don't, we still skin a bit for the dog. Our dogs love to hunt
and I have seen them catch large snakes, mice, moles, and many rabbits.
All while leaving our own poultry and livestock alone. They do know the
Feeding your dog
naturally may seem like hard work
at first, its harder to think about what you are doing then to open a
bag of dog food. In the end you will find you don't have to think too
hard. Your dog, is after all a dog, and does know what he needs to
Watch him, and listen to what he shows you. He will teach you
how to do it best.
2 Akbash Guardian Dogs on
One Sky Ranch
By Gypsy, our resident homestead blogger