>> even if i can't follow her full plan and disagree with some aspects, she
>> helped me figure out a food allergy with my dog.
>> In my case, I couldn't raw feed totally (irrelevant why to you) but
>> converted to a food that doesnt cause issues for my 'pups' (only 1 of
>> which seems to have food allergin issues).
> Yes you can feed raw totally. You just won't deal with the gulping issue.
My apologies Char. I think you are the resident expert on how to feed raw. I
meant only that there's some issues here that are causing complicatuons.
I haven't seen any advice other than a good grade grinder that can handle
bones to turn the cheaper chicken into a part of the diet here.
My trainer of current time is no expert on this 'gulping behavior' and how
to shift it. His as***t (while saying he's no expert in this specifc area)
is 'there are some spots you are going to have a really hard time if they
learned a behavior that they think is a deep survival need'.
It's not a matter of 'won't deal with gulping issue' as a total lack of idea
how to even start to retrain it.
I'd love some actual ideas on how to do this. Because I respect you highly
in this area, maybe if I give you more information you can give me more
things to try to adapt his behavior?
Specifics: Breed is mixed but behavior is 'beagle' a known fast eater (among
many). Proper weight is about 50-52 lbs (mixed breed). Will slow down on
fish or beef/pork marrow bones. *VERY* strong jaws. Can easily pulverise
raw chicken but does not percieve poultry bones as needing to be chomped up
before swallowing. I have a funny feeling they seem so soft he doesnt
recognize the danger while fish bones are 'spiky' so he catches on ands
others take 'work' to get through.
What I lack is any idea on how to 'slow him down'. Frankly my friend, 3
times of rescuing a dog trying to ***to death by fishing the bone back
out is about 'enough'. Lucky he's a good fellow so no one lost a finger.
I'm all ears if you have any ideas or web sites that show how to retrain a
dog who's learned bone-deep to his soul to 'eat fast'. Meantime my friend, I
will do the best I can. What that is, is adapt to as much raw feeding as
possible with the best kibble (blue wilderness) that I can find and
grain-free trats (much of which are just my own dehydtaor beef jerky).
Serioisly, if you can help me with something on gulping behavior, I am all
Oh and Sammy has no issues there but lacks the jaw (or has arthritis in the
jaw) to chomp more than 2 necks or wings a meal. He's normal though with no
'gulping' issues. Sammy is getting 3/4 raw and 1/4 blue wilderness because
his jaws seem to get tired on bone-in meat too fast. He'd convert fast to
'all raw'. Sammy as a reminder to you is estimated age 17, may be 19. He's
been fed all his life before this on kibble or a little canned dog food cold
from the fridge. He came here 5 weeks ago and is very happy at not just
getting 'purina brand kibble'.
No one is perfect Char. I do not claim to be either. Meantime, I am doing
the best I can.