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DIY Homemade Dog Food

Keep your dog healthy and fit with this easy peasy homemade recipe – it’s cheaper than store-bought and chockfull of fresh veggies!

DIY Homemade Dog Food - Keep your dog healthy and fit with this easy peasy homemade recipe - it's cheaper than store-bought and chockfull of fresh veggies!

I never thought I would be one of those dog owners who made homemade human food for their pups. Not in a million years.

But when Butters recently fell sick with an upset stomach, our vet advised us to feed him a bland diet – chicken and rice without any kind of seasoning. So that’s what we did – we poached a chicken, shredded it in a food processor, and mixed in some white rice and fed him this bland diet for 3 days.

That’s when I started to do some research on homemade dog food, and I have been so amazed as to how many different kinds of vegetables dogs can have. And with the help of Balance IT, you can create so many different recipes for your pup!

Now the best part about making homemade dog food – just like making anything at home – is that you know exactly what is going into the dog bowl, and not any of that questionable gelatinous gunk from the canned food.

But it’s important to note that dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans for their proportional body size, such as:

  1. High-quality protein (meat, seafood, dairy or eggs)
  2. Fat (meat or oil)
  3. Carbohydrates (grains or vegetables)
  4. Calcium (dairy)
  5. Essential fatty acids (egg yolks or oatmeal)

Now this recipe here has a balance of 50% protein, 25% veggies and 25% grains, but the ratios can easily be adjusted to suit your pup’s breed and/or needs.

Once you’ve made your batch, you can divide them up into single servings, note the date, and freeze it. When ready to serve, you can defrost it in the fridge overnight and nuke it for 15-30 seconds. That’s it! Now who knew that making dog food would be this easy?

DIY Homemade Dog Food

Keep your dog healthy and fit with this easy peasy homemade recipe – it’s cheaper than store-bought and chockfull of fresh veggies!

10 minutes45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3. Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 1 cup

Amount Per Serving
Calories 412.3 Calories from Fat 135.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.1g 23%
Saturated Fat 4.2g 21%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 148.3mg 49%
Sodium 152.2mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 31.0g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
Sugars 2.1g
Protein 36.1g 72%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Please consult with your pet’s veterinarian and use personal judgment when applying this information to your own dog’s diet.

 

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848 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pups weren’t too keen on the spinach. So I substituted corn but they didn’t digest that very well.  Just wondering, how much do you recommend at 1 serving. They are fed  morning and 
    early evening.
    Thanks, Vickie

  2. Great idea! I am going to give it a try for my pack 🙂

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Use only frozen or fresh peas. Canned peas have no food value for dogs. It is cooked away. Love your recipe website, Chungah. I use it a lot.

  4. If my dog eat 400g of dry food proformance how many gram should i feed my dog from that recipe 

  5. Just a note that homemade diets can be more dangerous than kibble. There are vitamins and minerals in kibble that are essential. And obviously ingredients that should NOT be included. Please consult your veterinarian if you would like to solely feed your dog homemade food. 

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much! My dogs live it and they’ve slowly been losing weight. 

    • We eat 2 and 1/2 cups of canadae dry foods per feeding 2x daily. My collie 14 mos old. He is 85 pounds.How much should I feed for fresh food?

      Robin

  7. Do you need to give them a vitamin supplement?
    Supplemental fish oil? If so liquid or pill?
    I’ve read in many articles brown rice has arsenic and to use  Oats instead ?
    Any ideas for toppers?
    Thank you

  8. Can you freeze any extra dog food you make for later.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    After reading an article about kibbles , how they are made and all the expired meats and dead animals being incorporated in it , I stopped feeding my chi any type of kibbles . For the past 4 years , she has been eating homemade healthy food . Brown rice , quinoa , oatmeal , cow raw milk , fish , fruits and veggies . She loved carrots and broccoli mixed with quinoa ❤️ If this is the first time you’re making homemade food, just make sure all you google all the ingredients just to double check your feeding not the toxic food ❤️❤️Thanks for this website . Good to know there are other pet owners who is feeding their dogs real food as well ❤️ 

  10. Is it okay to use white rice in the recipe? I can’t find any brown rice in my pantry and I was hoping to make it today.

    • I’ve been feeding my Maltese white rice for years with chicken, carrot and peas. She’s very regular and never ever had issues. 

  11. This is such a nutritious and easy to make food. My dog loves it! I’ve been struggling for years with his dog food, he never even like any of the and would be skipping meat times trying not to eat it. I should have done this years ago. Thank you for the recipe!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sure wish I knew how much to give them

    • Serving size is 1 cup and contains 412 calories. Check the bag of food you currently give your dog and compare to that nutritional information. For my dog, he is 60lbs and I had been giving him 4 cups daily of his old food which was 1400 calories. With this food, he only needs 3 1/3 cups for the same calorie intake. Hope this helps and good luck.

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Nice recipe!  Thanks!  It’s great to see what other people do.
    I have been making my toy poodle’s food for a long time now and use my slow cooker.  I switch up the meats, veggies, and grains.  I’ll often throw in a whole egg (shell and all!) into the slow cooker to add calcium.
    When it’s cooked, I will purée it in my cuisinart so it’s all soft.  Basically baby food.  The egg shell gets ground up super fine so that’s no problem.   If you’re worried about nutrients, your vet probably sells the supplements to add to DIY dog food.  Mine does but I haven’t bought any yet. 
    I freeze my dog food in blobs on a cookie sheet then put the blobs in a big Tupperware in the freezer.
    Easy!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    How do you know how much a serving is for each dog. I have 110# dog and a 24# dog. I really want to try this for the little because he won’t eat dry.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      My dog is a very fussy eater and does not like dry dog food. I feed him a very high quality dey dog food and I mix in a few tbls of this recipe. He loves, LOVES his meal times now!

    • Hi Laurie, I also have a toy poodle  and he is 7 months old. He doesn’t like any dog food I have bought. He wind eat the dried food either or treats are not his favourite. The person that gave the home cooked recipe said each breed has its own nutritional needs. Can you give me an idea of what veggies to give him? Thank you Brenda

  15. I have recipe close to this, I switch out baked chicken, hamburger and ground turkey. I use mixed frozen veggies, peas, carrots, corn, green beans.   I also add 1/8 cup of dry dog food.  She loves it. I feed her 1/4c AM and PM. I am concerned is she getting enough vitamins etc? She is a small dog. 

    • NO CORN. Bad for them

      • Can you explain why you think corn is bad for them? I asked my vet and she said in small amounts like anything else, is fine. 

        • They can not digest the corn. I once saw a dog poop out an entire pile of corn kernels while working at a shelter. I think it is used as a filler food. Thus, I don’t think they gain any nutritional value from the corn.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Have been debating and researching and deciding to do this for a long time for our 4, 50lb+ pitbull mixes and 4lb Chihuahua. You can imagine the struggles we have getting the entire pack to eat the same thing for more than 2 months. So for many many many reasons, I decided to finally pull the trigger and try. Holy. Crap. I figured I’d have leftovers to bag up for the freezer. Not. Even. Close. 8cup yield and my dogs had licked everything clean. They LOVED IT. My husband had to monitor them because they kept trying to steal each other’s. I am going to do more research on proper vitamins and calcium, and I also do see this one is fairly high in fat. So those would be my only long term concerns. Wonderful recipe! Thank you!!!

  17. Is this dog food okay for puppies?

    • I have been using a similar recipe since my puppies were transitioned from gruel at 10 weeks old. My recipe is 50% cooked protein 25% (2 cups ) cooked brown rice and pumpkin one small can 25% mixed cooked vegetables (no corn) and I only use 1 tbsp vegetable oil per 3 lb of meat. I also add the recommended calcium of 1/2 teaspoon per pound of meat. This is both the Canadian and American Kennel Club recommendation. I puree the vegetables simply because younger dogs cannot fully digest the outer skin of peas even though they are cooked. I freeze these in 1 Cup freezer bags. The six puppies and mama are very healthy have beautiful skin and Clear Eyes. It is one of the only foods that my 17 year old Chihuahua will eat. Mama gets 8 ounces her day she is 10 lb and the puppy’s which are 4 and 5 pounds get half a cup per day cable is always left out available for any snacking. The kibble is a very high grade Fraser Valley beef or chicken.

  18. How do I know how much to feed them? I have two pitty pointers who are overweight, so looking for a healthier option for them. One is 100 lbs, other is around 85.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    My 15 lb Chihuahua loves this recipe.  Sometimes I use Ground Beef, sometimes Chicken and sometimes, Rice.  Your instructions do not indicate cooking the veggies, but I do since my dog prefers soft food,  sometimes I swap a Sweet Potato for the carrots. My pet eats about 4 ozs
    Twice daily.  Thanks for your recipe.  And f you have others, I’d love to see them.

    Also, do you add vitamins to the food?

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    it would be helpful to know how much protein serving to give as per needs of the type of the dog! I think that would prevent the pup from always appearing hungry, as a good serving with appropriate amounts of protein etc should be then filling! Also for calcium, I put in egg shells! I cook them along when I make homemade dog food: brown rice, chicken breasts, sweet potato, mixed veggies. I will also add in blue berries after it is all cooked as well. I was told by an employee at a dog food store that if using brown rice to wash it really well). Also same employee told me that if the dog is pooping it all out, that means they are eating only nondigestable food or kibble! So the less they poop , the better for the pup and means they are getting full in their meals and should not have to worry about over feeding etc. Again, the one question I have is how much is enough!!?? great comments here thank-you! Thanks for this recipe, I will definitely be trying this, though it is very similar to what I already do and again I add in egg shells for calcium!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    I will make this recipe this week. During this Covid-19 my dog was diagnosed with severe allergies, the #1 being cockroaches. I do not have cockroaches in my house or around but my vet said they are in processed dog foods/treats. So immediately am cooking for my dog at home. Within 24 hours she was a changed dog. She is still allergic to many foods but I can modify this recipe. I love my vet and she has diagnosed many issues for my dogs over the years but I think this was the most eye opening ever. So thank you for this recipe and I hope my comments help other dog owners.

    • I made something similar for my dog because after hear health improved with Dr. marty’s probiotics, i still wanted to address allergies. Her nose also has that dry brown crust. i think it is because of the dry food from Costco so i am taking her off completely to see if that clears up. i also feel like there’s so much in the food that we don’t know about…that literally makes them sick.

  22. How do we know how much to give to our dog and how many times a day ? Like on any bag of food, there’s a portion guide. Also, puppy versus adult.

    Tanks for your help. My poodle keep vomiting with the food buys him.

    • My pup started throwing up as well with the store bought kibbles. Try giving your pup rice with cottage cheese for 5 days. It should settle its stomach

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe for a fussy little chihuahua 

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    I also have been making homemade dog food going on 3 yrs because when my son rescued lil Ms Emma Mai (she’s really not that lil) she pooped 5-7 times during the night and at first I thought nerves and being in new place but after few days she’s still pooping everywhere and my friend had said he had a dog that needed to be on a Grainger diet so we tried that and it worked Altho it was terribly expensive so I thought I would try making my own I used ground turkey or chicken 2 cans either black beans pinto and or kidney in a bag and when cooking them add the meat to it and baby carrots (had to mush the beans cuz shed spit am out lol) and brown rice and to this day she loves her homemade food I switch it up and will do turkey and sweet potato and have done oatmeal pumpkin and peanut butter for bfast, I’ve done several varieties like that and so far so good. Its kinda fun esp now were all in quarantine. Happy cooking

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe saved me tons of money. My dog loves it and her fur is thick and shiny.

  26. Forget the poor Hungry puppy. My teenage son and band mates thought I had made them up a snack and devoured the whole pan Before the pup ever had a chance to taste it. They all enjoyed it so much they’ve asked me to make it again and for the recipe for their moms.   My son has swore me to  Keep it a secret because “a teenager could die of embarrassment if his friends ever found out his mom fed them dog food“ Did not have zucchini and substituted coconut oil for the olive oil. Very tasty and someday the dog might end up getting some. 

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      That is so cute. I still find it funny that I feed the dogs and then lock the spoon i used to serve their food! But it really is good.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5

    My dogs all love this recipe. It is a great beginning for a better diet. The recipe, as is, is highly deficient in calcium and a few other key nutrients. I am adding bone meal to supplement the recipe. I also have found a local turkey farm that provides a pet grade grind with beneficial organ meat and costs about a dollar a pound. Thanks for the great recipe!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anyone know if white rice or canned beans promotes tear stains ? I was feeding my white Havanese dogs Stella and Chewys raw dehydrated beef patties which they loved but after both developed tumors my vet told me to make homemade food instead with 1/4 part protein and the rest rice and green beans/carrots/other veggies. I did but my dog is now tear straining badly and I’m trying to figure out what in the new diet may be causing this. I noticed this recipe doesn’t have beans or white rice and just made it now without the brown rice. Any thoughts?

    • Tear stains may be from allergies – can you substitute a different protein?

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Is it possible for my Chug(chihuahua and pug mix and I also have a Chihuahua)to act all sick when she wasn’t given real food but instead her dog food? Talk about moping for almost an hour acting like she can’t even walk and boom, I give her some rice and she is a changed dog!lol we are in transition and I ran out of their homemade food but not for long I guess 🙂 No more dog food, yay! Thank you for sharing this recipe, my little babies love it♡

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      I was feeding Stella and chewy in all kinds until we found out that it has turkey in everything. Now no fowl. And my havi allergies are much better

  29. Not wanting to be negative but I just called the vet after reading this thinking it would be a great alternative and they have said unfortunately it is ok for a dog with an upset stomach but long term it is missing a lot of key nutrients, calcium and additional benefits to dog food. 

    She strongly advised against it but said if they were ill it was a good idea for no more than 3 days. 

    • I wonder if this food would then be acceptable by a VET; if you decided to provide your dog a multivitamin specific to your dogs age and size that provides those key ingredients missing? After having had two pets who were diagnosed with cancer and one now as a surviving amputee, I feel like the difference has to be in the food. Let’s hope is as simple as changing our dogs diet from bagged kibble aka Dog McDonald’s to a more whole food method is all that it takes! Thoughts?

    • My vet said to crush up two tums so the dog receives enough calcium. That’s crucial. 

    • Your vet may not be very knowledgeable (it happens) or open-minded about nutrition.  I’ve taught a lot of medical professionals, including M.D.’s, & they get about 2 hours on nutrition in med school, so be confident in your own research.  It is simple to add supplements to your dog’s diet, & you easily can add natural calcium to home made dog food.  I use plain yogurt, which is easily digestible, in mine.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have a sheltie mix. I made this recipe for him to help him loose weight (he was over 60 lbs.) but when I discovered that even this was not helping I got him into the vet, turns out he had a thyroid issue. I have continued to make this delicious meal for him, he is on proper medication and has now lost 13 lbs with our goal to be another 7lbs. He is like a new puppy at age 8, the prime of his life! Thank you so much for the recipe, if not for this I would have not realized that my furry buddy had any health issues I just thought I was feeding him the wrong food for his stage of life and activity! By the way, I did do a taste test and don’t blame him for wanting to eat, not bad, not bad at all for human consumption! Thinking this might be a good diet for me! LOL!!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for this recipe! They charge us $45-50 for food we can make ourselves. After my sweet boy’s second tummy issue, I knew something had to be done on my end. I’m gonna use this recipe and some pinto beans to make my baby’s food from now on.

  32. What is the serving size for weight of dog?

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Am satisfied with this I want introduce this to my adult dog

  34. I am so excited to get this recipe can’t wait to try it !

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve never cooked anything- zilch, nada. I like building stuff- houses, boats, docks, those kind of things, and my opinion was that everything tastes better when someone else cooks. But my oldest daughter found a little Staffordshire Bull Terrier living on the streets in Nashville TN. He was under 2 years old, but was dehydrated, under weight and even had mange (hair loss). She nursed him back to health (she is a nurse) and SnapChatted me to death about taking him in. So he (Everest) came up for a trial run and we quickly became best buds, especially after he loved boating as much as I.

    So this is the rundown on this recipe:

    We have been buying Wellness Core Natural Grain Free dog food from Amazon for about $68 per 26 lb bag, and we give Everest 4 oz per meal, so that comes out to $0.65 per meal, two meals per day. I made this recipe today (under my wife’s supervision) for $15, which provides about 22 four oz meals. That comes to about $0.68 per meal. So going forward, we will probably give him the home made meal in the mornings, and the Wellness dry food for dinners. I’m thinking that should provide a great, well balanced diet, that he should surely love (not that he’s a picky eater, as he even ate my reading glasses once).

    My intro to cooking!

    Cost breakdown for one batch:

    0.40 rice

    0.40 carrots

    12.00 ground turkey

    0.25 frozen peas

    0.93 spinach

    0.96 zucchini

    $15 total for 22 meals

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is AWESOME! I made it for our miniature schnauzer, give her a little over a cup of food and she is all set for the day! I heat it up on low in a small non-stick pan and serve once warm. Thanks DamnDelicious.net!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Our dog loves this recipe and it is so easy to make!

  38. Can I double/triple My recipe for 4 dogs, mix it together and feed accordingly? And then what about some fruits? Do they need fruits as well for a balanced diet?

    • no they don’t, but they NEED calcium. Try egg shells and try consulting your vet for what to add to this for it to be well balanced for your type of dog

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    It was amazing. But how do you preserve the left over for the next meal?

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      I measure out enough for 5 days In a plastic container and leave it in the fridge,  then freeze the rest measured out in plastic containers. Also, I feed my 21# dog 1/4 cup dry and 2 tablespoons homemade food twice a day. 

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    My dogs absolutely love this homemade food and look forward to dinner every night. However, I know the vet always comments on my Shorkie’s teeth saying how healthy they are and we just adopted our Havanese two weeks ago. What would you suggest to keep their teeth healthy and strong? Thanks!! 

    • let me know your email address and I will share my dog research with you. email me at [email protected]. It is about what you should and shouldn’t feed dogs, aggression, training, medicine, problems, breeding and such.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Okay this recipe is bomb! First of, I had some myself and it was so delicious lol. My dog loved it even more 

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cooked this today for our 4 dogs. I’m sure they will love it.

  43. Used chicken, didn’t have spinach or zucchini used coleslaw instead. Gibbs only eats when desperate and I’ve been feeding him chicken breasts and rice for years. Couldn’t believe it, turned to rinse pan, when turned around his dish was empty. Wow

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much..
    I’m doing this recipe as I txt

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    How much of this recipe is sufficient for an 7 year old over weight pug mix. I really like the ingredients. I rescued him at 6 years old and he has gained a lot in a year. He’s 30 pounds and sluggish.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Badger has had intermittent problems with commercial dog food. Our vet also said he should be on a bland diet. He loves this recipe, but is not digesting the peas completely. Will either eliminate them from diet (pun intended) or smash them up…we’ll see.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you kindly. Goingvto try. My poor dog always suffering with skin issues.

  48. Question…Is the amount of rice the recipe calls for, for cooked or uncooked?

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Do you measure the meat before or after cooking it? 

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dogs loved it but pooped 

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this recipes
     For my dogs. To keep them healthy and fit. Thanks to post it here.

  52. Rated 4 out of 5

    Looks so good I might Eat it too!

  53. Is the serving size based on pounds my dog weighs 55 lbs how much should I feed him

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have been looking for a good wholesome recipe for y dogs who are a bitnoverweight,. On e dog 8s inactive and the other partly active if he finds a tennis ball. These recipes look good, so i will change to a different meat every day. Thank You.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    I started using your recipies and was blown away. My chis and slimming and o ly the right stuff goes it. Good proteins and nutrients. It’s incredible how much it worked. No more turned up little noses!! Thanx!

  56. It is great that you are providing a means for people to prepare a homemade diet for their pets. I would like to respectfully point out that this recipe is deficient in providing an essential ingredient: calcium/phosporus. I encourage you and your readers who are interested to visit Donald Strombeck’s website (DVM) has a wealth of recipes that are properly balanced. http://dogcathomeprepareddiet.com/ is a wonderful resource. By simply adding bone meal (which has the proper mix of calcium/phosphorus) to this recipe, it will become more complete–adding to the current freshness and wholesomeness. Failing to do so means that the dog’s body will get what it needs from the dog’s bones causing structural damage.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    So glad to see some exact measure recipes. This makes so much, I know the recipe could be halved. I am wondering what luck anyone has had with freezing this in serving sizes. My little pup is a terrier mix about 13 lbs. Currently eats 3/4 cup of commercial dry dog food. Would he get the same amount of this or more? Thanks for all the information you have posted.

    • I meal prep for our Miniature Pincher every other week, and i freeze his food. I use snack bags & measure using a digital scale, then seal all in a gallon Zip lock bag. I don’t measure my ingredients, just try to make it healthy for him. He had a serious reaction to Blue Buffalo, and then Prescription Dog food. He is much healthier now!

  58. Rated 4 out of 5

    I was very happy to find this recipe, as I was new to preparing my dogs food. I had no idea of the right ratio of what to what. My vet told me to use white rice though. Not sure what to think of that! But I was also pleased to see just how many veggies could be included. She eats 5 baby carrots and about 1/5 of a fresh pepper every morn but I wasn’t sure what elase was ok. Thank you again.

  59. Rated 4 out of 5

    NIce to see some quality recipes for our fur babies out there. i Have been making my dogs recipe for 12 years. She will be 18 yrs old this March. I use 3 lbs. ground turkey, or shredded poultry with grinder carrots, apples, and sweet potatoes. A little bit of oas and sometimes bulgar wheat. All organic as much sac possible. My girl Jenna weighed 75 lbs most her life and is 65 lbs now which the vet said is ok due to joint arthritis. IF anyone else has some good quality recipes, please put them out there, Our 4 legged families deserve the best. homemade cat food recipes too!, Thanks!!♥️♥️

    • Hi Lisa, I add turmeric to my puppy’s mix & coconut oil too. 

      • http://dogcathomeprepareddiet.com/ Dr. Donald J Strombeck has a wealth of recipes at this website for both dogs and cats to include special needs diets. Please consider visiting. I’ve been feeding homemade, raw diet, for 7 years. I have a commercial grinder, so I grind bone in leg quarters with equal parts boneless, skinless thighs. (40 lbs each) I also grind in 20% by weight of frozen vegetables (carrots, zucchini, green beans, cauliflower). (I buy at restaurant supply, so my cost is about $1 per lb combined).

        Daily, I make a starch that I add to the raw food. I use beans, potatoes, rice, macaroni, lentils. My pressure cooker makes short work of processing some of these. If not feeding bone in, it is essential to supplement with bone meal powder. I also use a multivitamin as recommended. Now my cats…they get commercial food…could never get them switched over. While a little more work involved, it has contributed to the good health of my dogs.

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        My dog isn’t a picky eater but for some reason, he doesn’t eat his dry food unless I mix it with wet food. I know his wet food isn’t exactly the best for him so I tried to make him a little something today.

        I had to substitute for some ingredients since I didn’t have them all. I used multigrain rice, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and yellow carrots. He really liked it and gobbled it all up. I will definitely add meat next time.

        For reference, I have a 11 lb Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. We feed him half a cup of food per meal.

    • How much do you feed her a day, my dog is 68 lbs

      • I feed my girl two cups a day one in morning at six and one in the evening around six. Due to some health issues  She is not as active as she used to be that’s why only two cups. 

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    How much should I fed my 3 dogs? I have a 65lb GSD, a 60lb Lab/Rottie mix, and a 14lb Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix.

    • If you go to the BalanceIT website it will help you. I did a quick run of this recipe for a 65 lb dog, caloric intake should be 1417, if feeding twice a dog that almost 2 cups per meal time just for the one dog. The 60 lb dog should have 1335 calories per day and the 14 lb dog should have 448 calories per day per balanceit.com

    • I weigh my food. I believe a food scale essential. How much you feed depends on the age and activity level of your dog. I might suggest that you try 20-28 oz of food per day for your larger dogs. I have a 65lb pit bull that I feed at that level. I have a 45 lb English SEtter. She’s geriatric (15), she gets 15-16 oz per day–and she maintains her body condition. Another English Setter (13-14) gets 11 oz per day. She’s smaller, and much less active. Your little one will need much less. Watch the body condition and adjust as appropriate. You can vary the protein/starch mix from a 1:2 to 1:1 ratio. I use the scale to measure and keep those ratios. A more active dog needs more protein (and calories). http://dogcathomeprepareddiet.com/ is the most comprehensive resource on the internet for feeding this way in my opinion.

    • My Harley loved this … 3lb of mince.. seemed loads .. unless I weighed wrong … I have now bought aniforte complete .. so now I can cook his meat and veg and add the essentials he needs in a meal .. wish you had more recipes for doggy meals .. I feed my Harley 9oz of food a day … he weighs 13.3 kg .. trying to lose weight .

  61. I haven’t made it yet but how much would I need to give my 3 dogs? I have a 65lb GSD, and 60lb Lab/Rottie mix, and a 14lb Long Hair Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix.

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    I tried and he loved it

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    I also have been making my dog Tori, a carin terrier, food. I was adding cauliflower to her food and noticed she was having loose bowels and not able to control her going in the house which she never before did. I took the cauliflower out of her diet as I read up that this could happen. She now is over the bout of problem bowels and back to her old self.
    It your baby is having bowel problems, check to see if it is cauliflour.

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m so thankful to have found this homemade recipe.  I started making this two weeks after noticing that my puppy doesn’t like much of the three kinds of puppy food recommended for her.  My 5 month old Peekapoo is happy and loves this recipe so much.  She weighs 8 lbs. and I feed her 1/2 cup three times a day.  
    Thanks again.

  65. Rated 4 out of 5

    Commercial dog food cant be good fo4 dogs just like processed food is not good for people. Toxins are produced when dog food for kibble is cooked at extremely high remperature to give it longer shel& life. Starting today i will cook his food just like I cook my food.

  66. Rated 4 out of 5

    I was wondering how much should be fed to a dog that is about 34pounds/14 kg?

    • Hello! Most dogs need about 25 to 30 calories per pound per day to maintain their weight, depending on how active they are. My 24 pound dog requires 670 calories per day and she’s a couch potato other than a daily walk around the block.

  67. Started making his about a month ago. I knew going in my dog had a chicken allergy but decided to try turkey. He seems to bE allergic to that as well. He loves it though and devoures it!

    Just wondering if I replaced the turkey with fish, if it would still be a good diet for him. If so, what kind of fish would you recommend- one that won’t entirely break the bank. Lol

    • My husband deer hunts and I use venison. My dog has really bad allergies and venison and fish are about the only meats he can eat.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Try lean beef. I had to give my border collie lean ground beef last week because he was throwing up something he should not have ate. I boiled it in water, drained it and mixed with rice and beef broth.

  68. Rated 4 out of 5

    I like the basic idea, but I want you to keep in mind that the current high quality food scare comes from the use of legumes as carbohydrate and protein provider. There is a danger that what is healthy to us humans (beans, peas, lentils) is not for dogs as they have a high need for Taurin. To further the issue, Poultry has lower Taurin levels than red meats to begin with. Starches from legumes are suspected to mask Taurin so that lesser can enter the blood stream.

  69. Rated 4 out of 5

    I decided to go raw, because one of my dogs is losing his hair and has bald patches in a number of places. For the most part, I got it under control with Freshpet and Blue kibble. However, its started again, so that led me down the raw food path. After pricing out a few raw brands on Chewy, which were ridiculously high, I decided to make my own. My dogs are picky, so I pulverized the veggies and rice in a food processor before mixing with the ground turkey. I also added a little season, and ground eggshells for calcium as well as fish oil to each helping. Its quick to make with frozen veggies and I make the rice in advance and freeze. It’s easier to run the rice through the food processor this way. I only just started this, so I haven’t noticed any hair growth yet but I’m hopeful. I prep my meals on Sunday, so it really doesn’t take much time to do this as well.

    • Helena I am just reading reviews because I am making this tomorrow, but saw your review about your dog losing hair. We have one too and my husband kept researching because we thought it was a food allergy but ours has Cushing’s. We bought this online product for him and his hair is almost 100% back.Just a thought. Read up on it. Good luck.

      • Hello Gayle, what is the product you bought online? My puppy is losing hair too. Also are there any websites you could recommend where I can read up on it? Thank you so much.  

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this recipe just wish it would specific how much i should be feeding my dogs? I have 2 coonhounds around 55-70 lbs.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      I have a 40 pound mix beagle, I feed her 2 cups in the morning and two cups for dinner. This maintains her weight which the
      Veterinarian says is good. She’s not overweight. I have a 16 pound chiweenie , feed him half a cup in the morning and a half a cup in the evening.

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great information! If we as humans would simplify our recipes like this, we all could live long enough to see Great Grand kids and to out live most of our relatives! I have been cooking for my dogs for years now and it’s the best thing for them. This is what the dog food industry doesn’t want to hear, so information that is like this hasn’t been distributed enough and dogs lives are being lost by greed with corporations putting profit over common sense. As soon as you change their diet to this you’ll never go back!

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    My roommate said. Bella is not going to eat that. 1 minute later 2 cups of food gone. She absolutely loves this recipe.

  73. My dog is a year old do I need to add calcium and a vitamin for this recipe?

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    So I eat dog food now. It’s delicious.

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    I will try, but wondering if I could can this in a pressure cooker. I could make a bunch of quart jars for a month of feedings as I am sometimes pressed for time.

  76. I do this but add pumpkin and sweet potatoes. And a mix of broccoli and cauliflower na celery. I sometimes add frozen veggies like corn, peas and beans.  
    How much should a 20 lb dog be fed a day? 
    My dog is eating about 1/2 cup of this twice daily. She  also has access to Acana dry dog food during the day- about 1/2 cup as well. Do you think I am over feeding her? 

    • Sounds like an estimate is 25/30 calories per lb so a 20 lb dog should probably be eating just over a cup per day.

      Obviously review the diet and serving amount with a professional that knows your dog but directionally it sounds like you’re in the right ballpark.

      Disclaimer: I am an accountant who uses google and my advice should not be taken as scripture. 🙂

  77. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is really great. I made it with a few alterations for our 4 dogs. I would like to know what the serving size would be for my dogs per day. The wight of my dogs: 68lbs, 70lbs, 40lbs and 12lbs.

  78. My dog LOVES it! She can’t wait to eat. 

  79. Rated 5 out of 5

    I Love this recipe for my Westie Marley.  I always give her an egg in the morning and add veg, fish or chicken to her diet of kibble.  I hope to eventually get her off the processed dog food.  I met a lady one day that had a Westie that’s was 19 years old.  Never had any store bought food.  She cooked every meal.  

  80. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this. I have made before but I got another rescure dog who needs some special attention sooooo.

    Now I want some pill pockets next on my search!!

    Thanks

  81. Rated 5 out of 5

    While this recipe may lack in certain nutrients, it’s the only thing my new puppy will eat and he LOVES it! However, I switched the peas with yellow squash since my puppy (8 week 9lb English Crm Golden pup) has a bit of tummy issues. We also used white rice instead of brown because of this issue, but it’s great for picky eaters!

  82. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipes!

  83. Rated 5 out of 5

    That sounds great and I’m wondering is there any for a French bull dog as they need to be on a grain free diet.

  84. Rated 5 out of 5

    I would like to know how much of this recipe to feed my 90 lb Golden. thank you

  85. I am extremely excited to start my two rescues on this diet. For their health as well as my pocket QUESTION: I have an overweight terrior/heeler mix she is 30lb and short like a terrior. She needs to lose 7-9 lbs. How much should I be feeding her? She’s used to her dry food twice a day so I’m hoping to stick to her schedule at least. Thank you in advance!! And for the recipes. Really excited!!!

  86. Rated 5 out of 5

    I tried this today for the first time. I have a 38 lb Aussie doodle. She is a very picky eater. if I mix anything in her food she will eat around it. I started to mix some ground turkey and rice with her regular dog food and she will eat the rice and ground turkey but not the dog food. This went on for weeks. My VET finally told me just trying to make my own food and so I did today and she licked the bowl clean. Thank you for the recommendation.

  87. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this!!! Thank you.

  88. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m going to try this for my 1 year old golden retriever that suddenly has a loss of appetite when it comes to her kibble. She loves the bland diet so she will be over the moon with this. What are some over meat and vegetable combos? When would you include lentils, beans, or oatmeal? Would either of those replace the rice or an addition?

  89. Rated 5 out of 5

    My French bulldog puppy her weight is 2 98kg I’ve been giving her white rice but I’ll get her some brown rice & spinach to cook with the chicken & carrots and peas I think I’ll keep her on it 3 times aday & ask the vet on the 23rd December what he thinks but I’ll get her some Turkey for a change

  90. Rated 5 out of 5

    My 2-yo French bulldog loves it!!!! Since she was a puppy, she has been a very picky eater. I have been trying so much different dog food. I mixed expensive dried fish patties with nibbles. She only eats the dried fish patties but leaves nibbles until she is very hungry without options (lol). One my friend just started making her own dog food, which inspires me. I found this recipe via google search. The first try was yesterday and my pup buried her head in the bowel until the bowel was sparklingly clean! Good job!!

  91. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m going to try this recipe! How long does it last? Can I make a bigger batch to save some in ziplocks?

  92. Love recipe and going to start my dog on real food due to allegies. He is 36 kilo lab cross, not sure how much to give him?

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Recipe(s) are right on! Our almost 14 year old is having a few health issues. Awhile back he just stopped eating. Out of desperation I concocted similar recipes and WOW-he is eating like a champ and doing much better. I rotate chicken and ground turkey, mixed with veggies (frozen in a pinch) and still a scoop of his dry kibbles. Never going back straight dog food again. It’s also so much fun to make for them. Whip up a weeks worth, freeze and take out as needed. Thanks for sharing!

  93. Rated 5 out of 5

    I followed the recipe but added other things, like pumpkin and dried cranberries. I get vegetables delivered to my door all organic, and I used them on the recipe. I used ossobuco meat, got rid of the tough parts. Boiled in low heat with minimal amount of liquid. Let it get soft. Got rid of the bones but kept the marrow. I know bone broth is good for dogs. So it’s on the recipe. Much cheaper than the “good quality” food I buy for my dog. 

  94. Rated 5 out of 5

    My 8# dog is crazy for this- b4 this it took 3 hrs every nite to eat her food ugh. Now it’s gone in 3 minutes!! And I know it’s healthy- it shows in her brighter 11 yr old eyes…more prancing etc.
    Thank you for sharing!

  95. Healthy recipes! such a piece of good information about homemade food for dogs,
    it will help tons of dog owners, who want to give their loved ones a healthy diet.

    Thanks for sharing!

  96. Rated 5 out of 5

    Are the portions the same as if you were feeding your dog kibbles?

    • How much do you end up feeding her per meal? My dog is 5-6lbs and I’m trying to figure it out myself.

      • I believe the rule of thumb is abiut 25-30 calories per pound of dog. My dog is 13 lbs, I feel him just shy of a cup per day.

        • Yea I feed my shih Tzu Bella a cup a day. She loves it. I just started a week ago bcuz she’s a picky eater. But now she sits at her bowl anticipating it every morning.
          I just give her a cup of her food, a tablespoon of chobani plain non fat yogurt 2x a week, & her greenie dental treat 1x a day. It’s so much better knowing what goes in & what comes out your dogs body. 

      • It’s suppose to be 1/2-3/4 ounces per 10lb weight.  

  97. My Molly loves this recipe! This is totally yummy for people, too. I add a little tamari sauce and toasted sesame seed oil to season my serving. Delicious! 🙂

  98. Rated 5 out of 5

    So I made this recipe and both dogs LOVED! I do have a few questions. Is the spinach chopped and then measured? The picture up top says chicken so I bought chicken quickly as I glanced at it in the store, then saw it said turkey! I hope ground chicken is okay too. And the brown rice is measured dry as well right? Thank you!

    •  Don’t use chicken and turkey interchangeably. One of my dogs has been eating chicken for years, but got sick when I gave him turkey. The vet said NO to turkey.

  99. I have been searching for balanced food recipe for my pupper. He is a very picky eater and real food would make meal time a lot easier. My major concern is getting the nutritions he needs into the bowl. It doesn’t seem like this recipe contains anything that provides significant amount of Calcium. I don’t think that this workS for us unless I give him supplements for Calcium. 
    My search continues…

    • I’m thinking of adding yogurt to his diet as a healthy probiotic, maybe that’s the answer for the lack of capacity on this dish! 

    • There’s a Facebook group that helps with these questions. Home Cooked Diet for dogs.

    • Spinach in this recipe has plenty of calcium for your dog. Spinach has more calcium than most dairy products. And I don’t believe dairy is in any way beneficial to dogs.
      Kale and Collard greens also provide a great source of calcium for you pup and they are safe for them as well.
      Good luck! 

  100. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just started making my own dog food but will also let them have some of the dry food for now with it. We are transitioning them into eating homemade food and do not want to upset the tummies. I made a whole bunch of bone broth from beef neck bones (our store sometimes has stuff like this) so I used that in place of the water when cooking the rice. Our dogs loved it 🙂

    They used to each get a whole can of wet food every day (half in the morning and half at night) and dry food. They will eventually eat less dry food as I increase the amount of homemade food I am sure. We are new to this.

  101. Yes, I have met with a pet nutritionist multiple times to ensure my dogs are getting the nutrition they need.

  102. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have been doing home made dog food
    For a year.  I have 3 that HAD severe skin allergies that nothing would help.  Prescription pills would calm it. But it never stopped.   No more issues and honestly the dog food is cheaper to make.   When I am pressed for time I do buy a non seasoned rotisserie chicken and strip it and use the drippings to flavor the rice.   I also incorporate flaxseed, cranberries, apples and bone broth.   I make a double batch and freeze.   My dogs will bug me until I feed them as they love it. 

  103. I haven’t tried this yet but is looks n sounds like it’s just what I need.i have two morkies. Bindi, who is 12 n very sick, n Connor who is 13 n in pretty good health. They now refuse to eat dog food. Connor  weighs 16lbs. Bindi has lost weight but because of her food mostly. My question is how much n when should I feed them.

  104. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have been making this for my westies for over 1 year. My old guy wouldn’t eat but would touch this. He died in Feb at age 16. I got Sonny in April and they all have loved it! Katie is allergic to chicken, so I use ground bison, venison or turkey. I even will combine the different meats for variety. Thanks for a great recipe!

  105. Thanks for the recipe…my 13 yo Chug has congestive heart failure. About 2 weeks ago she started to seriously decline and began refusing food. My husband and I started preparing mentally for having to put her down…I was heartbroken. However, I saw that she still begged for people food. So, I stumbled on this recipe in pursuit of trying to find something that I could make her that she would eat. We’ve been feeding a variation of this to her for the last 3 days and her energy is back and she’s like a new dog. It’s been an amazing transformation.

    • I lost my little Bindi to heart failure in March at 15 years old, they told me as a puppy she would only live 2-4 years.  I wish you all the best with this recipe, wish I had it when I needed it.  I’m looking because my new little sensitive soul just got out of intensive care after spending 4 days there with HGE, she had 4 blood transfusions.  Right now she can only eat boiled chicken.  But will need more as the days go on.

  106. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi!
    Thanks for sharing!
    My sweetie has tummy problems also, and even though I have been cooking for her since I got her, 4 yrs now, even some meats, veggies bother her, but your recipe i think will do her fine.
    Just be careful with the broths and sauces for humans because especially onion and garlic, msg etc: can cause serious issues. I read every single label anymore to make sure. Very few store broths don’t have onion. Don’t know if you know, or make your own. Just fyi.
    Best wishes and healthy happy days for many years to come for you and your family!

  107. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have a beagle and I have been making her food with these and similar recipes for almost a year and she doesn’t shed nearly as much and feels so much better! She’s 9 and playful like when she was 3!

  108. Rated 5 out of 5

    My little old yorkie has cancer and getting to eat is a challenge but he loves this stuff! 

  109. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy to make! Added chicken in the mix. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  110. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this. My dog is about 20kg. Just want to know how much per serving I need to feed and how much serving in a day.

  111. Instead of peas and zucchini what can I add? Pinto or kidney beans??
    Really wanting to make this, but don’t want peas for sure in it. 

    • Your dog wont know about the peas lol… hope you dont think this is a receipe for yourself

      • her dog may have a pea allergy, which is why she doesnt want peas

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        I think many don’t know how some veggies fit a dog’s diet. Each veggie has vital ingredients they need. Spinach has copper, peas are great proteins, and the list goes for miles.
        We might dislike some of the ingredients, but they may add healthy years to your dog’s life. Read up on safe and unsafe spices. Cinnamon and tumeric are great, as well as basil and ginger. Just watch out, you might enjoy your dog’s dinner.

  112. Rated 4 out of 5

    I’m looking forward to making this dog food, however I don’t know how much my Lab should have each day.  Ace is a big boy and will eat all day if I let him. I have to how much to feed him. Thanks . After reading other reviews I know now to ask the Vet.  There are some things I can add to this discussion. DO NOT FEED DOGS ONIONS. Maybe look up what they can’t have it may help. If certain foods are out of season you can use baby food. It comes organic! Just watch it to see the salt content. I have enjoyed reading all the reviews.        Thanks to all animal lovers

  113. I made this for my mini wiener!  (7lbs) she is 5 yrs old and has dripping runny eyes since I brought her home.  Hoping this fixes that.  She LOVED it.  I used canned carrots and peas….so I had carrots and peas left over, as well as some brown rice, so I thought I would be clever and mix those with some pumpkin as a treat…..NOTHING>. Not going for that at all. Although I was frying the turkey and she was well aware of that, I think she was disappointed.  I also did a GREAT dog mommy hack!  I stole about 1/2lb of of the turkey burger and in a SEPERATE pan I fried that up with some onion and some of the spinach, added about 3/4 C brown rice a little ketchup, mustard and Wercestershire sauce….not much, not runny like sloppy joes, just enough for some flavor…..and it was delish!

  114. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made this for my Beagle’s, added butternut squash to the recipe as they love a taste of sweet. They loved it!!! We have been having trouble trying to find a healthy food for them as they are getting old. 5 stars, let’s hope it continues

    • Hi!  I was thinking of doing this for my beagle too.  Do you have any recommendations for serving size?  Can a smaller batch be kept in the refrigerator for a week?

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        I have a beagle and I have been making her food with these and similar recipes for almost a year and she doesn’t shed nearly as much and feels so much better! She’s 9 and playful like when she was 3!

      • Dogs have a system like ours. Food left a week is not good for us, and not good for them. Freeze meal size portions and keep them safe and healthy.

  115. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am so happy to found this recipe! I am fostering ( hoping to adopt) a pup who did not want to eat the kennel dog food we were given for him. The poor guy is so thin and has a bad knee and will need surgery soon. I made this this morning, super simple, and the little guy ate it up! If he continues to like it, I will invest in additional vitamin supplements to ensure its a balanced diet and add liver and other goodies. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  116. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe use it my dog and my cat. My Rottweiler was 20 lb overweight no longer is. Thank you

  117. This is a great recipe and my corgis love it. We hunt deer and have an abundance of venison so they get mostly it for their protein. I add in some tuna and eggs for additional protein and the egg shells for calcium. I put fresh blueberries and apples for some sweetness. 

  118. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have a similar recipe but I added blueberries for the antioxidants.  She will leave all the blueberries at the bottom of the bowl.  Now I squash each blueberry and she eats everything! She loves it! 

  119. Rated 5 out of 5

    My yorkipoo loves this and no more doggie breath. Just not sure how much to feed my little 9# baby.

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      I also need to know how much to feed my dog. He is about 7 and a half pounds. He also has developed a terrible skin allergy in his later years. Nothing is working, keeps losing hair. Hooding this might work. Just started today and he loves it. How much please??

  120. Love this recipe going to use it for my 8wk staffie pup i have also bought some meat and bone meal 4kl how much do I add to his food before I freeze it thank you.
       Lynda 

  121. How do you know what portion size to give a dog for the day.
    I want to feed my labs on this kind of food as both have had tummy trouble recently and have been on chicken and rice which they love .
    Both big boys but I would much rather feed them this kind of food.
    Are there any guidelines as to how mu h for weight of dog?

  122. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for posting this, Yeah my Chihuahua has just woofed it down. The first homemade dog food she has eaten. She refused the rest. I feel now my fur baby will be healthier and happier and with me for more years to come. Thank you

  123. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just made this for my elderly dog. She’s going in for surgery Wednesday and I wanted to do everything possible to help in the recovery.
    I added 1Tblsp of fresh chopped rosemary per # of meat. Also used some shredded broccoli and blueberries.
    She gobbled it up!

  124. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excited to try this for our pups! Do you know the length of time this last for? 

  125. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am a certified canine nutritionist and this is a good recipe if supplemented with appropriate balance mix. I have fed my dogs, Charlie and Lisa (12 and 10) a homemade diet all their lives and they are happy and spunky dogs. Variety is key in a homemade diet. You need to make sure they are getting a variety of proteins (fish, poultry, meat), organs (about 5% of their protein intake), veggies, healthy and healthy grains, and supplements like calcium (I make my own from ground eggshells), spirulina, vitamin E, cod liver oil, and others. Charlie is a picky eater so I like to supplement with nutritional yeast when I am worried he is not getting all his vitamins and minerals. Just like humans, our pets need variety so choose lots of different types of foods! 

  126. I’ve never tried homemade dog food for pets. This is a first! Thank you for making it simple. Was wondering, is this receipt also for puppies?

  127. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wonderful meal for my finicky chihuahua eaters!!  Thanks so much, all 3 of them devoured it.

  128. Rated 4 out of 5

    Add a tablespoon of powdered bone meal, a tsp of dried, powdered kelp, 1 tsp of brewers yeast and 5000 mg organic fish oil to make sure they get all the essential minerals they need! My 14 year old beagles love it! I also give them a little organ meat as a treat every 2-3 days, and extra nutrients. I mix up the brown rice with organic oatmeal. I make my own bone broth from chicken or beef bones to cook the grains. My pups don’t like peas, so i switch the veges around. they love pumpkin or butternut squash and green beans. actually I cook for them, and I share some of their food with them!!! I take some out without the fish oil or brewers yeast for me 🙂

    • Where do you recommend getting these supplements? Any particular brand?

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      Although I haven’t tried this recipe yet, I gave it 4 stars because of the brown rice. I just spoke with my veterinarian today about rice and was told that dogs can’t process brown rice like we can and should be given white rice. It may be better for us, but not our fur babies.

  129. Rated 4 out of 5

    This webpage got me started on making homemade dog food for my 8-year old Pomeranian that we rescued from a shelter a year and a half ago. He has some heart damage from heartworms. For a year, I fed him a well-recommended dry dog food. He coughed up mucus, vomited, passed bloody, runny stools, and coughed all throughout the day and in the middle of the night. I switched him to homemade very quickly, not even mixing in much dry to aid in the switch. He go so much better immediately. Coughs in the morning and when he goes to bed. Very little during the day and never wakes us up in the middle of the night anymore. Never coughs up mucus, vomits, or passes blood. Stools are normal. His coat is so shiny now. He could hardly make it up the back stairs and now he tears around the backyard like a puppy. He weighs about 10 pounds and I’ve found I have to feed him a 1/2 cup in the morning and a 1/2 cup in the evening. I give him an omega 3 a couple times a week. Would like to add a vitamin, but haven’t yet. I looked up the list of recommended meats, vegetables, and grains on another website and rotate things, so he gets a variety. Not one problem from anything yet. He’s had brown rice, quinoa, hamburger, chicken, ground turkey, chicken gizzards and livers, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, peas, carrots, green beans, and some other misc. things. I do pulse everything in a food processor to break it up, but I don’t make it mushy. I do give him one “meaty bone” a day to give him a chance to chew on something. I don’t think he would have lived one more year the way he was going. I anticipate quite a few more years for him now. It’s not that hard if you make a large batch at once and freeze in one-week portions. Then I just scoop it out with a measuring cup. Individual servings frozen is too much work. Don’t forget to add enough olive oil or animal fat. He lost weight when I neglected this and was hungry all the time. It’s worth the effort!

  130. I’d be careful with the spinach, especially if your dog has any kidney problems. Here’s AKC on spinach:
    https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-my-dog-eat-spinach/

  131. Hi, with the threat of DCM in dogs and some breeds more so than others, that reports have linked to peas and lentils. Potdatoes they say are a nono. What dog food brand do you trust? What web site do you trust to gather information on home made dog food and how to store it properly to revent salmonella, etc type things. How long once unfrozen can you safely leave it out until your dog decides to eat it? What to do when your dog is picky and you want to change them over to home made dog food? Meat has to be top ingriedient because it has taurine which is good for a dog’s heart health. What of the supplements? How much do they cost? Bad when people can’t afford their dog’s food.
    Any help would be wonderful!
    Thank you!!!

  132. Rated 3 out of 5

    This is good as it stands, but is NOT a complete diet. Unless you are able to use a program to analyze the nutrient value, your dog may be missing out on some important stuff.  I began making the food for my dogs, but I discussed it with my vet, who gave me some good advice. I also add, at each meal, a powdered supplement (1 tsp per dog … according to their weight) that provides vitamins, minerals and probiotics that are normally added to any commercially prepared dog food. I intend to keep making my pets food for as long as they are around. Better tummies, better elimination, and gorgeous coats. They also shed less!!  But my dogs do not do well with brown rice … the hulls upset their stomachs, they do not do well with peas, unless I grind them up … and I make a great deal more than this in one batch. I do use the ground turkey, but there should also be some organ meats, like chicken livers. I use the squash, the spinach, sweet potato, finely grated carrot, chopped up no-salt canned string beans, and a host of other dog-safe veggies. I cook 3 cups of white rice. I add coconut oil.  The meat and veg gets cooked in my Instant Pot. when I mix is all topgether and allow it to cool a bit, I portion it on large cookie sheets in serving portions of ⅓ C. Then freeze. When they are solid. I bag them up and have enough for my 2 dogs for about 2 weeks.   It IS work … and it is a bit more expensive. But wre have no itching, no excessive shedding, no tummy upsets, and no gas!!  Win.

  133. Rated 4 out of 5

    Recipe sounds good. Can I replace turkey with Salmon?

  134. Rated 5 out of 5

    I really don’t mind making fresh dog food. the only problem is he won’t eat it, I haven’t tried this one, so I will check this out and see what happens. I still give it a high rating because I want to find something my dog will eat and get him away from those store-bought foods that aren’t good for any of our animals!

    • Most dogfood in the market isnt all to bad blue wilderness is really great has no wheat or grain which can lead to an upset stomach. If you do an 80% dry food with 20% wet food. Most dogs will love you for it

      • The FDA has stated that grain free diets for dogs causes cardiomyopathy and has listed 16 grain free brands NOT to feed your dog. Dogs are domesticated and have to have some grain.

        • No, That is not what the FDA says; you are misinformed.
          There is also absolutely zero nutritional requirement for grains or plants in the canine diet. You should especially read up on Dr. David Mech’s research.

  135. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe my two pugs love homemade food. But I have noticed less bowel movements and it does seem that they have a harder time doing it. Does this mean they are not getting enough fat ?

  136. Rated 5 out of 5

    Good recipe. I have been feeding something very similar to this to my 10-year-old golden retriever for about one year now. I believe he is allergic to chicken. His main protein now is ground turkey. I also occasionally give him fish and canned salmon. He seems to have difficulty with dairy products, so the soft bones in the canned salmon are a good source of calcium. I use a variety of veggies. Carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, frozen peas, fresh sugar snap peas, parsley, spinach, celery, zucchini,apples, blueberries, frozen green beans, canned green beans, canned pumpkin puree. I will never go back to commercial food. I also now give him one teaspoon per day of Seacure. His digestive woes are gone, his poos have returned to normal and are small and not stinky, he has gained a few much needed pounds and his coat is beautiful.

    • My boy weighs 80lbs, how much would you feed him? Would you give him the whole serving?

      • if your dog is allergic to chicken than he won’t be able to eat turkey My dog can not have chicken or beef only fish and she also takes a prescription drug for allergies

    • I also have a GSD with chicken allergies.  Would you share your recipie and directions?  Thanks!

  137. I did this with my smaller dog. I do this know becaus my boy dog got kindy stones. So I am making it know for two large dogs now.
    But I realized you ho through all that work and you put it in the Microwave, that kills all the good stuff. So now every morning I get my sauce pan out put we call it chicken soup for the dogs warm it up for two big dogs 60lbs and up,each with added dry food ,sometimes a raw egg and that’s it. I just want to put out their about the Microwave.

  138. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is great! I sub out some ditalini for the rice so she won’t get bored, and also throw in green beans occassionly. Eats every bit!

  139. Hi, do you not add supplements to the homemade meals?

  140. Looks great! Think I will be sharing from the doggie bowl with my furry baby

  141. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just want to say thank you so much for coming out with this. I have a yorkie and we have tried soo many foods for her, after a few weeks she stops eating. She has never ate all of her food plus licked the bowl clean! I have an appt set up with the vet to consult to make sure she’s still getting all her nutrients but so far so good! 

  142. Rated 4 out of 5

    Thank you very much for sharing this.  
    I’m having problems with my dog constantly chewing and scratching.  
    No fleas, and no allergies that we know of. 
    She’s a shorthair breed, but the hair is like a carpet all over the house.  We can’t keep up with it.  
    I was thinking, maybe it was the dogs food that might be causing it.  
    But I’ve never made human food either.  My recipe was similar, just not enough veggies.  
    So thank you for that insight.  
    I’m excited to see if this is her issue, because all I have left is a trip to the vets.  

  143. Rated 5 out of 5

    I recently read some pretty damning info about a link between grain free food and serious heart issues. We rescue our dogs so often we keep feeding whatever diet they’ve been on because “it’s been working.” Yet we’re still at the vet for skin issues, ear problems, and such. Why not give this a try? I tried this recipe and both dogs devoured it! (I admit I tasted it. Add a little ginger and soy sauce and you could wrap this stuff in a lettuce leaf!) Its early but we hope to update this post in a few weeks with some good news. Thanks for the great recipe!

  144. My 8 month old Cavachon devours this dog food!  But, I’m not sure if I’m giving her the correct daily a,punts. Currently, I’m giving her 1/2 cup twice a day, with little pieces of carrots, berries, sweet potato in between. Is that enough?  Do it need to add some kind of dairy for calcium?  Yogurt? Thanks

  145. I am highly againsts any of the so called natural commercial dog foods on the market, so your article hits home for me since I have decided I am going to start taking the ingredients dogs can eat which are fresh and natural and prepare their dog food myself from now on, since my 8 year old rottweiler was born I have fed him the so called natural healthy dog food expecting him to be healthy and live to a ripe old age. Well he has tumors growing all over and through his body, so I am convinced even the so called healthy dog foods are not healthy for our dogs……………I never gave him people food thinking I was doing a good thing but from now on my dogs will be eating people food on the good food list from now on.

    Thank You
    Jeff

  146. Can I substitute sweet potato for brown rice? If yes, will I need the same amount of sweet potatoes – 1.5 cups?

  147. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe, followed it to the T. Really helping with my dog’s upset stomach as this was our last resort. I only have 2 questions. What can I use in place of the baby spinach to mix it up from time to time? And also my dog has decreased in bowel movements…is that normal? It’s been greatly beneficial as my 10 year old, 38 lb. Staffordshire mix who was having diarrhea for over a week and now is back to almost normal thank goodness, but she’s maybe using the bathroom 1 time a day now rather than 3 times. Thank you for this great recipe!

    • You can try subbing in brussels sprouts for the spinach (I also recommend speaking to your vet about this) as they are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are great for humans and dogs, alike. But I recommend not overfeeding them to your dog because they can cause a lot of gas!

  148. Just made this! I added 2 eggs and a pat of butter.
    My 2 dogs have allergies and I’ve tried everything under the sun!
    This recipe cost me $11.00.
    The dog food costs about $30 per week.
    I’ll update how long it lasts and if they quit chewing on themselves.
    I have a Great Dane, and a black lab

    • Fingers crossed this does the trick! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • curious if this helps with allergies as i have a pitbull with allergies that is constantly chewing and scratching herself and nothing seems to help her. let me know if this helps for your dog! thanks

      • When my Chihuahua started to get a bald spot from scratching himself, I was told to look at all his food and treats and see what a common ingredient was. Well it turns out he has a chicken allergies (that was the common ingredient in all his food and treats). I stopped everything with chicken and his fur grew back and he is doing well. I suggest you take a look at the ingredients on all his food and treats and see if you see something similar. Apparently chicken allergies are very common in dogs! Who knew? Best of luck

    • Hi! I have a 100 pound Great Pyrenees. I want to try this with him as he has stomach problems. How many cup should do you feed your Great Dane per day? 

      • Rated 4 out of 5

        I don’t know what all the hype is about. I am in my 70’s, and remember when there was no such thing as store bought dog food, and we all fed our dogs the meat and vegetable scraps from our plates. I have NEVER bought the poison that they suggest we feed our beloved pets, and I have never had a dog that didn’t live to be 16 years or more. My last Collie girl was 19 years old when she passed happily in her sleep.

    • Any update on how your large dogs are doing and how much you feed per meal?

    • My dog has allergies as well.  Dairy is not good for allergic dogs.  I’m making his food at home now and he’s doing better.  Turkey meat, old fashioned oats, turmeric and veggies.  He cleans his bowl and the licking has stopped!!

  149. Rated 4 out of 5

    I’ve got two ACD’s (Australian Cattle Dogs), anyone else have this breed and if so what has been your experience with this recipe?  I’ve been making my own for a while now, similar to this recipe but I’ve been using beef.  Had a few issues with diarrhea in the beginning but has leveled off.  Will be trying this recipe on my next cooking day!

  150. Rated 5 out of 5

    My Wheaton was vomiting every day and would not eat. I took him to the vet several times because of stomach issues. Nothing worked. His stomach would make noises and he lost 7lbs. He also had skin issues. He has been on this diet for two weeks now, and he is loving his food and is not getting sick. I have to feed him small meals four times a day. This diet is working out great. Thank you!

  151. My dogs love this. I’m weaning them off of dry food and this will be their diet
    Its cheaper than buying bulk no nutrition dry food and it’s good for them. I have a Yorkie with allergy issues and I want to see if this will help him. His skin does seem to be better. I’ve been feeding them this for over a month now and there’s never any leftovers.

  152. I am considering using this recipe. I was wondering if it would be as good for the nutritional aspect of the dog if I substituted chicken breast for the turkey. Any opinions out there.? 

    • That’s a great question! But this may be best discussed with your pet’s veterinarian and/or nutritionist.

    • I think they would be better off with the extra fat from the thighs and legs. I used to get boneless/skinless chick and since Ive been including the skins their coat is better. I bake them in my “easy bake” counter top oven take the chicken out, put the liquid in a bowel and put in the freezer some the heavy fat rises and separates after about 45 minutes.

  153. Rated 5 out of 5

    Been giving him this recipe for a few years now and he still acts as if it’s something new… loves it! However, he’s now 10 years old now, so I was thinking of starting to watch his phosphorus levels. I’d substitute brown rice for white rice. But what would be a lower phosphorus substitute for peas and baby spinach? and how much? Thanks!

  154. Brown rice is nutritious for dogs. One can give their dog brown rice in addition to his diet, but feeding it sparingly will help them to gain the necessary weight. The green peas are good for dogs and contains vitamins and minerals and are good for dog’s vision, skin, digestion, immune system, nerves, heart, and more. Spanish contains iron that will help for good hair growth.
    https://devotedtodog.com/best-dog-foods-for-pitbulls/

  155. Rated 5 out of 5

    this is a regular recipe with me. My Rottweiler is 9 years old and has a bad leg. This recipe keeps him happy and full and helps with his weight. Thank you very much

    • I have a rottie that has decided she no longer likes kibble of any kind! How much do you feed your rottie daily on this diet?

  156. Rated 5 out of 5

    Can I use Chicken instead of turkey? It’s hard to find Turkey in my country.

  157. Rated 5 out of 5

    My Collie is 55 lbs. How much of this recipe should I be feeding her each meal. I feed her twice a day. She is a good weight right now and 3 year old. 

    • Barbara, this may be best discussed with your pet’s veterinarian and/or nutritionist.

    • Feeding food like this is based on weight, 2-3% depending on activity level etc. then converted to cups. I’ve been feeding my westie homemade since he was a puppy. Not a vet, but that was the advice I was given to calculate, leave some room for treats by feeding a little less than the total amount.

  158. This looks great. I was just looking into buying this pre made and it totaled about 200 bucks per month. This seems more sensible. I have a bulldog. How many servings did you give your dog per day.
    Thanks for the help.

    • We feed our 3-yr old, 18-pound corgi one cup of food each day, supplemented by treats. This was decided after consulting our vet and a nutritionist. I recommend consulting with your own veterinarian to see what is best for your dog.

  159. Rated 5 out of 5

    Planning on making this recipe for my Pomapoo. She’s a finicky eater and barely eats anything unless it’s what we’re eating. Do you add a supplement to this recipe to make sure they are getting the right amounts of nutrients/vitamins?

  160. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have the pickiest 12 pound chi-Yorkie mix ever. Think “refusing to eat the same food 2 days in a row” picky, even when it’s people food. She’s been like this since we adopted her at 4 months old, which was over 6 years ago. 
    Moxie had developed chronic diarrhea and was losing weight so I had to do something. I thought about ordering from a delivery service that makes food for dogs but the cost was way more than I could afford especially since I have 2 other rescues who need special expensive diets for urinary stones. I wasn’t sure where to start with making food for her but found this recipe and decided to try it.
    It’s been 4 days and she’s still happily eating it twice a day. I never thought she would like something with zucchini and spinach but she is eating more on it than she ever has on prescription or commercial dog food. There’s no diarrhea and she seems to feel better now that she’s eating regularly. It was painful every day to offer various foods and have her walk away, knowing she was hungry but not interested in eating anything while I stressed over her nutrition. 
    I’m glad I tried it. 5 stars from Moxie!

  161. I have not made this recipe yet. My commit/question is how much does this recipe make. It reads serving size is 1 cup, and servings per container 1 cup ??

  162. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have a 9 year old yorkie Pomeranian and she started have allergies to the food I was giving her and blood in stools so I made chicken breast no fat cooked with olive oil and then brown rice added squash carrot’s spinach string beans blend the veggies with the juices from them and my dog ate it so fast she will not eat anything else now and as a treat I give her small bites of cheese and she is much better and active

  163. I used this but substituted lower histamine poached salmon and added natural histamine reducers like spiralina, CBD oil, glucosamine, chrodrotin and krill oil. Added some oats and pureed into a blender and made portion sized rolls to freeze.

    After feeding this for 60 days, the stage one mast cell cancer (believed to be a result of high histamines in the system) diagnosed in my jack russel/lab mix appears to have gone into remission and her subsequent blood labs look great.

  164. I have a 12 year old yorkie that refuses to eat dog food. I made this for him today and he gobbled it up. Thanks for the recipe.

    • I have two Yorkies. I’m considering making this recipe because they have become somewhat finicky with their food. How much does your Yorkie weigh and what is a serving for him?

  165. So making this for my boys!
    Been looking for home made recipes to help increase energy level. Thinking to vary the meat, turkey, beef and chicken so they don’t get bore. Someone mentioned that chicken liver is a great meat option with high protein, is that correct?

  166. Rated 5 out of 5

    So I have a question well two.
    I have a 2 1/2 year old red nose Pitt Bull.
    And I have a 3 month old dalma doodle what serving size should I give them each? How many cups each? And how many times a day would you recommend?
    Can I also feed to my symeese cat? Again any recommendations to mall size are how frequently I’d feed her. Thank you for your help..

  167. Hi there, is it 1.5 cups of cooked rice or uncooked ? I followed your recipe exactly (1.5 un cooked) and it yielded 12 cups. Do you pack it tight in 1 cup? 

  168. Rated 5 out of 5

    My pugs loved this homemade dog food. Was spending over $400. A month on food for two pugs what a great way to save money and provide better quality food for our babies ! 

  169. Rated 5 out of 5

    How long will this last in the freezer? 

    • Hi Andi! Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with. Hope that helps!

    • I’m no expert at all here, but imo if frozen right after cooled and packed I’d give it no longer than 2 months. 1 being more ideal.

      Either way this recipe is killer and I can’t wait to spend a day doing up a huge batch for my pup, thank you!

  170. Should I drain fat off of grd. Beef. Some say drain others say it’s good for dogs.????

    • Yes, you can drain the excess fat if you wish.

    • That’s def your choice but be careful it isn’t too much. I thought it was okay but our boy almost got pancritis disease (spelt wrong). I’m sure in small doses its totally ok n they sure love it. Just be careful not to overdue it. Don’t want to see another pup in pain like ours was.

  171. So I have a question… my vet told me to boil any meat I gave my dogs.  I told him that I cooked ground turkey in the skillet as mentioned above and gave it to my dogs.  He said I should boil it because  it omits the sodium in the food.  Sodium can cause issues with their pancreas.  This recipe above doesn’t mention boiling the meat…??

    • Yes it does, read again

    • Our chihuahua was recently diagnosed with pancreatitis from too much fat. My recipe is similar to this but I use chicken and I boil his meat and vegetables instead of pan fry like i used to and mash it up a bit for easy digestion. Boiled chicken with white rice, pasta, peas, beans, sweet potato, broccoli, carrots and cottage cheese. Loves it and no more issues. So unfortunately no treats or table scraps!!

  172. Rated 5 out of 5

    Would you be able to post the nutritional breakdown for vitamins, minerals?

  173. Rated 5 out of 5

    Your recipe has been amazing. I am cooking for our 15 month old Great Dane. He has lots of allergies so we thought we would try this. The improvement is amazing!! He looks better than he EVER has and his stomach is better than it ever has been!! Our vet reviewed recipe and gave it a thumbs up. Only down side is that due to his size he eats 6 pounds of food a day over 3 meals…the improvement in his skin and stomach keeps me cooking!!!!

  174. Rated 5 out of 5

    WHAT IN GOD’S NAME!
    Now, I have to try this recipe because my dog’s name is Butters (and he too has an upset tummy so I want to switch him over to homemade food)

    I will be back in a few days to share my thoughts…

  175. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi can these recipe help dog loose weight? Or do i need to adjust it?

    • Alison, this recipe is not specifically tailored for weight-loss.

    • Alison – we have used this food to help our dogs loose weight. To do this you must know the target calories a day for your pet – I got this from my vet – and then using the nutritional information below I calculated what serving portions would be. I divided by the number of times we feed the dog.

      We feed the dogs this recipe at night and a commercial food in the morning – a combination of canned and kibble.

      My little one has lost 4 lbs – 25% of his body weight and the other 9 lbs – 22% of her body weight. It has been a challenge, no different than a human losing weight.

  176. Rated 5 out of 5

    How long will this be good in the fridge? 

  177. Rated 5 out of 5

    I like the recipe but how much do you feed per meal? I have a 70lb Lab & a daushund 19lbs

  178. How do you know how much to feed your dog? 1 cup can’t be a daily serving for a 4 pound dog, a 35 pound dog, and a 110 pound dog.

  179. I’ve never owned a dog and I’m debating buying a Pyrenees. I’ve heard that people have had success with giving dogs a vegetarian diet. Do you have any experience with that? What about feeding him cooked farm fresh eggs in place of meat?

    • Aaron-  I’ve had several dogs in the last 50 years including 2 Great Pyrenees.  They were truly magnificent dogs but if you’re inexperienced as a dog owner I would truly recommend that you not start there.  You should know more about dogs and you should also know yourself as a pet owner before you take on such a large and consuming task.  Consider building up to this.  

    • Please do more research before “purchasing” a dog, especially one such as a Great Pry. Also be speak with your vet before considering a vegetarian diet for your pets. Dogs are NOT vegetarians, they’re omnivores. Meat, bones, marrow, etc are very important for them. It’s unwise to base your opinions without actual research with skilled and licensed people.

    • Dogs are carnivores and in their natural environment are meat eaters. Making them vegetarians may not be best for the dog. As a human you have a choice; dogs don’t. Why would you force them to be something that goes against their nature? 

  180. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG!!!
    This exact thing happened with my dog James. He was sick and I had to put him on a bland diet of chicken and rice. It was super easy so I started making my own dog food!
    Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂
    I also mix in a powdered supplement called Azestfor. My dogs love it!
    Do you use any supplements with your pups?

  181. Rated 5 out of 5

    I always recommend simple and fresh food for my dog. Dry dog food provides breakthrough nutrition formulated to help your dog achieve a healthy weight and improve quality of life. Thanks for sharing awesome blog!

  182. Rated 5 out of 5

    As with a lot of reviewers my first attempt at this recipe came because of an illness for our 15 yo Westie, Gabby. Lethargy, weakness, lack of appetite due to an unknown cause prompted empiric therapy with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory Meds. Labs and vitals returned to normal but she still refused to eat. I started this diet 3 days ago and the difference is astounding. At 1 cup a day for a 15 lb older dog I believe that she will have an improved quality of life for the rest of her days with us. Thanks so much for posting!

    • Do you drain the fat ??

      • I use Butterball 93% lean ground turkey so there is minimal fat. I do not drain the small amount that is there- just made a batch tonight and was surprised at how little fat there is.

  183. Rated 4 out of 5

    Many pet parents turn to homemade food because of an illness – in the case where canine diabetes is an issue, swapping out carrots & peas (high sugar) with organic string beans & blueberries or canned organic pumpkin is a good lower-sugar substitute …

     Trader Joe’s frozen organic string beans & blueberries, and canned pumpkin are hard to beat values – Lundberg brand rice, whether white or another variety, cooked, also safe & healthy for pups – Just a thot & thank you for sharing !! Youre not alone in the k9 kitchen

    Great recipe!! 

  184. Rated 4 out of 5

    I will gladly feed this as a treat when I someday have my own dogs. I believe in both raw and BARF diets, but in the wild canines do eat fruit, tubers, a small bit of everything else from inside their prey, and also animal protein found from fires and left out in the sun for days, and so I do consider this sort if thing a very nice treat and a great vehicle for things such as supplements, and its just a nice changeup. This reminds me of some of the great dog treats in the pet refrigerated food (think those have yogurt added thou), but its homemade and so it is so much better. I really like the break-up of this particular version, thank you for sharing it. 🙂

  185. Rated 5 out of 5

    My dogs love it! Cooked it all in a slow cooker and going to try with salmon instead of ground turkey to see if the cats will like it too.

  186. There are many herbs you can also add and ground egg shells are a must dogs need calcium in the right portions to phosph for every pound of meat add 1/2tsp ground egg shell I also add thyme and oregano parsley.very beneficial.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      I was reading that calcium and calories in yo high if % or content is bad for your puppy or large breed dogs making them grow to fast and end up with hip dysplasia. I would like to try homemade food buy am concerned about that. If anyone he any information on making your food and keeping the portions balanced. Also how much is a portion for growing puppies Goldendoodle size she is almost 4 months on the 19th of April.

      • I took a great online class on making dog food by Dr Barbara Fox. I have a golden doodle   If the dog is going to be less that 55 lbs (or close to that)  they do need the calcium. If they will grow larger they don’t. 

        http://barbfoxdvm.com/

  187. Omgggg! This is one of the most famous dogs recipes. Congratulations, and I have to say, thank you for sharing it with was. I was looking for homemade dog recipes food. This one is amazing, and a lot of people like, I was reading all those comments.

  188. I haven’t made this yet but I’m just curious don’t you need to amend it with vitamins, fish oil or vitamin E ? I’m no expert but
    I thought this was necessary. Also I understand spinach and kale are NOT good for dogs as they are high in oxalic acid. I’d like to start feeding my dogs somehting like this but I’m not sure about it.

    Thank you !

    • I give my dogs pet-cal and pet-tabs for their daily vitamin intake!!

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      You need to be careful when giving your dog fish oil..from my experience with my 3 adult Labradors, whenever I give them fish oil gel pills (mixed in a small amount of  peanut butter), 1 of my labs will end up eating their poop. Doesn’t happen any other time, only with the fish oil. Sometimes I have to give her Benadryl and it’s with peanut butter and she doesn’t eat poop then. I’ve just started feeding my dogs with this recipe without fish oil and it’s AMAZING how much better their coats look and no scratching..and it’s only been 3 days!! 

  189. Rated 5 out of 5

    My Super LuLu loves home made food so as a schedule I prepare her food every other Friday. It’s fun and gives me peace of mind knowing what she eats. Thank you.

  190. What would your idea be to make this a dried food recipe? I would need to leave dried food when boarding my pup at my local vet while on vacation. Most renters do not allow pets or I would take her with me. I mostly eat healthy and she refuses “dog food” so she eats a lot of thing that I eat

  191. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for my 12 1/2 lb Chihuahua Honey and she loves it. She not a small Chi and is not overweight.  I put the whole mixture in my food processor until it was well mixed.  Happy with the results. Not certain on the amount to feed her, so I am starting her on 3/4 cup divided twice daily. 

  192. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow this looks great. Im going to try making it for my chihuahua. He’s 12 yrs old and has kidney disease. He recently stopped eating all processed dog food. Even the canned, wet one he used to love. This morning I boiled some chicken and plain white rice. He tore it up. He was so hungry. So i’m hopping as long as I keep feeding him good, h0mecooked food, he’ll keep eating.

    Thanks

  193. Hi, I’m curious how you manage the nutrient profile of the recipe? I’m looking into making my own dog food but am getting bogged down in the idea of her not getting enough vitamin, minerals, etc. depending on what I put in it. Is this something that doesn’t need to be focused on too much? It’s easy to determine calories and then the breakdown of protein, fats, carbs, etc. But I’m having trouble with the nutrition makeup of the food. Don’t want to make her sick by being deficient in something. She currently eats a fresh food that contains beef, vegetables, oil, and a “nutrient mix” to make up for any low vitamins/minerals so I’m wondering how to do that on my own?

    • Alex, I add supplements/vitamins (ex. Balance IT® Canine) as directed by our vet/nutritionist. But as always, please consult with your pet’s veterinarian and use personal judgment when applying this information to your own dog’s diet.

    • I’m just starting off but my vet recommended adding vitamins powder, it’s called superfood supplements and you can sprinkle plot over the food, also definitely add fish oil so you get all of the omegas 

  194. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super easy to make! My pit bulls are my world! I will start making all of their food from now on. i keep seeing how bad store bought food is for them and now they’re finding poisons that are killing dogs. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE DELICIOUS RECIPE.

  195. There are many nutritional and delicious vegetables and other raw food you can find in market and also those delicious organic foods are preferred by pet dogs as well. If you have well known recipes for your pet, then you can easily prepare any food for your dog.

  196. Heck, I’m eating this!!

  197. where is the calcium in this diet?

  198. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve been making this for my 9 pound toy poodle. I use boneless chicken breast. I also give her a daily vitamin. She is almost 3 years old. No more chronic ear infection, no more smelly breath!! Well, except for the two days a week that she gets baked salmon for lunch. It’s so much better to feed them healthy home cooked food!!

  199. Sorry if I missed it in all the reviews. We have an English Bulldog that weighs about 55 lbs. Looks like he would need about 3.5 cups a day. Does anybody know how many cups this recipe makes? Thank you in advance!

  200. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have made this recipe several times now.  My dogs love it and it.  Now I feel Guilty if I run out!  

  201. If I choose to use chicken breast as a replacement for the turkey, how many chicken breasts should I use? Also, how much per day would you recommend for a Great Dane puppy/young adult? I am thinking this may be cheaper and healthier than kibble for him. Thank you. 🙂

    • What a great idea! But unfortunately, without having tried this myself, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment when making substitutions and modifications.

      Regarding serving size, please consult with your pet’s veterinarian and use personal judgment when applying this information to your own dog’s diet.

  202. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super picky overweight Chihuahua loved this. What she didn’t finish our 2 cats did. Thank you for posting this.

  203. I have two chihuahuas , one of them is a very finicky eater . I made a double batch of this recipe and my two dogs absolutely loved loved it. I mixed it with there dry food. I put about a teaspoon on top of each serving of dog food and they ate it every time. My older dog, a Chihuahua mix is 8 years old and extremely finicky. But she loved every drop of that homemade dog food. I’m making a second batch now and I’m sure it will go over just as well as the first. It’s also great on the budget especially now that I have two dogs. Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

  204. My dog has been diabetic since June. She’s on a prescription diet and the cost of it is hurting me. I’ve been looking at a lot of recipes and I think this would be good for her. Her Doctor gave me different recipes but this one its only chicken and brown rice, 7/8 cup of chicken and 1/8 cup of brown rice, metamucil 4 tsp., corn oil 2 1/4 tsp., also 2 tsp. of Balance IT Canine. 383 calories is enough for a daily meal. Based on her weight she should have 369 calories, pretty close. So that means 4 oz. in the AM and 12 hours later another 4 oz. This recipe has 412 calories and she’s getting a better variety. Again 4 oz. in the AM and 12 hours later another 4 oz.

    I will run this by her Doctor and hope he agrees with this.

  205. Do you drain the meat before adding the rice and veggies?

  206. Rated 5 out of 5

    Although I added salt, ( all animals need salt) this was such a great idea.

    My dog has been on grain-free food since she was a baby and now has cancer, so grain-free is NOT the way to go. This is a great, simple recipe. I will also be adding an egg occasionally and swapping out the veggies, but the combination was perfect and it was so good, I ate some. LOL
    Thank you for the inspiration. I did cure a dog of cancer with a homemade diet.

  207. I made about 8 or 9 ziplocks bags with this . But was wondering how long is it ok to leave in freezer for? Not sure when it will go bad.

    • As I am not an expert on food safety, I cannot really say with certainty. Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with. Hope that helps, Jessica!

  208. Hi! My dog loves this recipe. The only thing I am not sure about is how much to feed her. She is a great Dane cross Labrador she weighs about 37kg. Can anyone help me out? Appreciated

    • Michelle, I just joined this site and have figured on about 2-3% of your dog’s weight per day. I have a 200 lb English Mastiff. That is about 5-6 lbs/day. You’ve likely got an answer, but just in case…. Hope it helps.

  209. Very good however is it enough vitamins and minerals for a dog ? And can I ask how muh to feed a small dog about 6kg a day I’ve started to make own homemade dog food because my little one is a very fussy eater and is very expensive for commercial dog food or to buy fresh on line . She was used to raw food and went off it do you have anymore recipe please?  Thank you 

  210. How much food should I feed a 100lb dog? He’s 12 years old so doesn’t have high energy anymore. He’s a golden so will eat any amount of food if given to him. I want to make his meals.

    • Barbara, I just joined this site and have figured on about 2-3% of your dog’s weight per day. For your older fellah about 2% of body weight – about 3 lbs/day. I have a 200 lb English Mastiff. That is about 5-6 lbs/day. You’ve likely got an answer, but just in case…. Hope it helps.

  211. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made a batch yesterday and thought my finiky dogs would never touch this…they gobbled it up!

  212. Do you drain the fat/juice from the meat before stirring in the veggies?

  213. I have made this. I wanted to get away from kibble, even though using for years a ‘healthier’ kind. (It is scary how unhealthy any kibble is for our babies.) This recipe was enjoyed by my dogs & I believe this is a healthier alternative by far to commercial kibble. Easy to make & one batch – or doulbe batch – frozen in daily consumption servings for your baby(ies) is definitely the way to go. That said, it is important to note that whether or not your precious gems have bladder/kidney issues or you just want to do what you can to prevent these issues, read up on how/why stones form. Two of my aging babies have had UTI problems, one having Calcium Oxalate DiHydrate stones removed from her bladder, the other recurring bladder infections which actually lead to stones. Since I have learned this I make my own ‘dog food’ as well (which is really people food that I give to my dogs). (Smiling aren’t you? It just sounds better {bc it is} better.) I printed out a chart from Greenopedia.com that lists alkaline vs. acidic foods. IMPORTANT: You will want to choose mostly from the alkaline chart. My non-professional though lengthy research results in an 80% alkaline 20% acidic balance for bladder health in susceptible dogs, 60/40 in non-susceptible dogs, or dogs w/o bladder issues as yet. IMPORTANT: RESEARCH what to NEVER give your dogs as this list, and many others, have most likely been created for people not dogs, i.e. avocados, grapes, nuts, dairy, etc. are toxic to our pets (aspca.org). Good luck & may God Bless all our furry friends w/ good health & loving cuddles!

  214. Is there a need to add nutritional supplements?

  215. Can you tell me why you need to heat the food up 

  216. Penny and Tucker love this recipe! They are satisfied for the morning and both not chewing on their paws. (They were both licking). Its so easy to fix. When it’s done I fill up cupcake trays and freeze them and when frozen I put  the frozen portions in a freezer bag. It then takes a day to defrost so I pull out tomorrows portion at the time I feed them today. 

    • Teri, how much of this food do you give to your dog? My dog is 70 lb german sheppard and border collie. Thanks 

  217. Thanks a lot for sharing this. I am definitely going to try this for my doggos.

  218. Sounds great but You can not feed dogs olive oil. It causes pancreatitis

  219. What would the daily serving size be for a 70 lbs dog??

  220. The recommended amount for the size of dog so as not to over feed or underfeef.

  221. So how many cups to weight of dog??

  222. I am very interested in getting all of your DIY
    dog food recipes. Thanks!
    Donna & Dusty

  223. what can you do with the portions? How long refrigerate? Can you freeze?

  224. This one looks really easy to make. I think my doggos will love this food.

  225. What about organ meat??? I’ve been making turkey with 3 types of green vegetables, kidney beans and other items, but I keep reading about organ meat. Any thoughts?

  226. The recipe is great and simple! But I wonder why the cholesterol content is so high? 49%

  227. I’ve made this recipe but not sure how much for each meal any suggestions 

  228. Thanks for the recipe, I was having major challenges with my dogs digestion and we were getting no answers from the Vet. I had her on a bland diet for far too long so I needed to do something fast, and that’s when I found your recipe. I made her first batch on July 15th and she’s had a healthy reaction and solid consistency ever since (knock, knock). I feed her 1 cup twice per day. I sent an email over to our vet with the recipe and asked if the nutritional value was right for our dog and she referred me to a “Veterinary Nutritionist” and/or “Balance IT… is it weird that she wouldn’t be able to tell me? Anyway I’d just like to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart. My Dog Bronx loves the food and its easy to make, especially when considering the alternative. You’ve changed out lives!

  229. my mom “homemakes” food for her dog, which usually consists of pieces of meat from a rotisserie chicken and some canned veggies like green beans. the dog is elderly and super picky, sometimes snubs her nose to the food and eats the cat’s instead. i told my mom this recipe — only because if she’s feeding the dog homemade food, i want her to have a balanced diet. my mom and sister were very skeptical about the recipe. they had seen the dog walk away from her food numerous times. however, she *loves* this food so much that she never walks away, eats it all, and eats twice as much as she was with the rotisserie chicken/canned veggie meal. when mom told me, i had to leave a comment. thank you! we’re very impressed. 

  230. How much do you feed your pup? I have a 55 lbs GSD mix that eats 2.5 cups of his dry food now. 

    • We feed our 4.5-yr old, 19-pound corgi one cup of food each day, supplemented by treats. This was decided after consulting our vet and a nutritionist. I recommend consulting with your own veterinarian to see what is best for your pup.

  231. Hello! My dog is allergic to carrots, what ingredient should I use instead?

  232. Hi, thanks for the recipe. We’re just at the beginning of thinking about changing our 7 year old Maltese’s diet to homemade. We recently tried some healthier options from some online sources (real food, prepared so even humans can eat it, frozen and shipped to us), but the cost is really high.
    My question on your post is that you provide a link to Balance IT but your recipe here doesn’t include any supplements. Do you have any suggestions on how to make sure we get the right nutrients into our dog food, preferably from whole foods without adding any supplements–we’re trying to keep the cost down as low as possible while giving our dog something better than dried kibble, which she detests.

    • Hi Brian. We recommend consulting your vet for those kind of questions since we cannot give any professional advice when it comes to pet care. I hope that helps!

    • Hi Brian, I have a 7yr old maltese as well did you find any good recipes? I just found out about the Taste of the Wild lawsuit so I’ve had it with commercial dog food.

  233. sounds very interesting, i will definitely get busy right away.

  234. Both dogs and cats require taurine – it is absolutely essential.  Where would the dog be getting taurine from in this food?  I don’t see it listed in the Nutritional Information. Apologies if someone already asked this question.  

  235. I would like to know what can I feed my dog. She is diabetic I have to give her an insulin shot twice a day every 12 hours. And what should I give her to keep her blood sugar levels low.

  236. How much does this make is it a week supply? How long can it freeze for

  237. My border collie weighs 20 kg. How many grams of the home made dog food do I give her ? Also do u give her biscuits as well ? If so how much per day Thank you
    Sarah

  238. Hi
    I am a dog owner from india.i tried ur menu and my dog just loved it.but the problem is that in india it’s difficult to get fresh spinach and , zucchini is a rare possibility.
    So this time around I tired something on the same lines but added my personal touch.
    White rice, four to five cubes of cottage cheese ,chicken roasted and shredded.

    Roast chicken pieces in microwave and dry it out of its water content.
    Add to mixer grinder along with cubes of cottage cheese.qucik grind to fine granules or shred them .

    In a pan take rice as per requirement .Add virgin coconut oil .Don’t exceed content of oil. Restrict to an.amount so that the rice is glistening. Heat for five min in low all the
    while stirring.
    Mix contents of pan and.mixi and make balls . The coconut oil acts as a good binding agent . It is good for skin coat and for digestive system.

    I made around 6 balls of table tennis ball size.

    My dog just gobbled it up.

    Sorry I forgot to take a pic.next time for sure.
    My sweetheart is a six month old small breed like apso.

    Increase quantity for larger breeds.

    Best part is that u can refrigerate it for future servings.

    Hope this helps

  239. How long does it keep in the freezer?

  240. Could you give me an idea of what the feeding ratio might be, (i.e. 8 oz for every xx number of pounds)? I’m anxious to try this for my pooch!

  241. Thanks for sharing this homemade recipe! I’ve been looking for a nutritious dog recipe for a long time, so I am getting the material today and make this recipe for my dog.

  242. I have small dogs and worry about too much protein which can cause liver shunt in little babies, I think I’ll third the meat and add more veggies!

  243. This is fantastic… thank you! I just got an 8-week old puppy. I want to do things right from the start. I see my vet next week and will clear this diet with him, but I’m sure it’ll be better than store-bought dog food. Thanks again!

  244. I am trying this recipe out for my 2 mini-dachies, as they have had some tummy issues lately. They weight approx 11 lbs each. Could you advise as to the daily serving amount that I should be feeding them. Thank you.

  245. This is horrible. You don’t have anything for vitamins and minerals. This is why making homemade food is hated by vets. If you feed this only you will have sick dogs eventually. You need two types of organ. Liver and brain, heart, kidney. You need zinc. You need bone. You do not feed any grain. And you don’t need to cook this. Don’t give advice to people if you don’t know what you are doing! It would be like someone giving you advice on feeding a baby and telling you to give the baby raw meat. Get educated and take this terrible advice down before someone else uses it. 

  246. I made your recipe and we even made a double batch our dog Apollo just loves it. I had been feeding him Merric kibble and caned combined a cup each meal, with your recipe would I still feed a cup each or adjust it up or down please advise.

    Thanks so much

    Gary Ewaska

    • Hi Gary! This may be best answered by your pet’s veterinarian as this can vary by breed and/or weight.

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      I don’t know what all the hype is about. I am in my 70’s, and remember when there was no such thing as store bought dog food, and we all fed our dogs the meat and vegetable scraps from our plates. I have NEVER bought the poison that they suggest we feed our beloved pets, and I have never had a dog that didn’t live to be 16 years or more. My last Collie girl was 19 years old when she passed happily in her sleep.

  247. I have a puppy who is 8 months, mix australian sheperd and husky. When I got him I took him to the vet and doctor found worms. He receive the pill to get rid of rhe worms. He was 3 days with diarrhea ans didn’t want to eat. So I prepare a soup with chicken and rice and blendet it like a pure and he love it and recover from hos diarrhea. I want to change his dietwith nutrients like spinach, vitamins, liver. Please let me know wich recipe is good for him since I want that hi grow up very heathy.

  248. do you also add supplements to your dog food? While I agree that commercial foods can be scary to give your beloved fur child, there are also added vitamins and minerals that I would assume are important to their health that are in those foods. In my research it seems people only make these homemade foods with the food and no added vitamins so i was just curious if that’s just something extra you do but didnt want to “advertise” so people don’t start asking you questions like you’re a vet about amounts and such or if you personally feel your pooch or pooches are getting a comfortable amount of nutrition with the few ingredients above.

  249. What the shelflife for this homemade dog food

    • As I am not an expert on food safety, I cannot really say with certainty. Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with. Hope that helps, Juli-an!

  250. Thanks for the recipe. Our adopted pup is such a picky eater. He was fed with table scraps and was malnourished when we got him. We tried to introduce him to dog food but he just eats a handful. Do you have other easy dog food recipes? Thanks again!

  251. My dog has calcium oxalate stones and was put on a very expensive restrictive prescription c/d diet by his vet, but he refuses to eat it whether it’s canned, stew, or dry. I’m looking into making him homemade meals and possibly supplementing, but assumed it would be costly and difficult to get the nutrition and calories right. This was encouraging and helpful, thank you! Any other tips would be appreciated, too!

  252. Thank you so much for this. My elderly dog is not eating well, I think he can’t chew his dog biscuits any more. I am going to the store today to buy the ingredients. I was going to pick up tinned food but it just looks awful so googled and found this! It sounds lovely. I cook all the family meals from scratch so why not the dogs 🙂

  253. Your homemade recipes are too high in carbohydrates, changes to the dogs PH levels causes allergies, which is not the same as humans PH. Grain free foods are also netter for dogs, as well as organic/grass fed meats.

  254. After thawing the food  in the fridge… can we serve directly or  do we need to nuke it? 

  255. I would suggest browning the meat first – whether you use turkey, chicken, or ground meat (either beef, lamb or pork). Then add all the vegetables, and let them cook together, adding beef or chicken broth to moisten. Add rice (brown or wild grain), let simmer until rice is cooked through – turn off the heat and add fruit (blueberries are my choice). Let cool and refrigerate. Simplifies a more complex task.

  256. Don’t you have to add certain supplements? Vitamins? Calcium? Fish oil? Probiotics?

  257. My dog has pancreatitis and the vet suggested we feed him a bland low fat homemade diet in addition to his low fat dry food as his appetite is hit or miss. One day he will eat 2 cups of food the next if my husband hand feeds him he will eat half his food. He’s lost 3lbs which doesn’t sound like much until I say he’s a pomeranian, he’s a big pom but you can now feel all his ribs. The vet gave me a list of foods I’m allowed to give him but I’m looking to see if I can find some recipes for him.
    I’m really hoping this encourages him to eat as we had to put in a feeding tube and we would really like to get it out.

    • My dog too was recently diagnosed with pancreatitis from eating too many table scraps. I have always cooked his meals but I only boil them now. I give him boiled chicken with white rice, pasta and I only add the following vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, broccoli and cottage cheese), I was told to over boil everything for easy digestion, he loves his food and never leaves anything in his bowl. He also likes dry food so I give him Royal Canin Gastrointestinal low fat prescription diet which agrees with him and loves it. No more health issues.

  258. We started using this recipe back in February and the dogs love it. We have noticed that they dropped weight and body mass very quickly. They were never overweight to begin with. One of our 16″ tall dogs was 17lbs when we started and is now 14lbs. This is after feeding 1 cup twice a day, we are upping him to three feedings a day. With four (4) dogs this is becoming extremely cost prohibitive. The recipe is costing us $25 for a 2 day supply, at this rate it will cost us over $300 a month. Is anyone else having this issue?

    Concerned in Connecticut

    • I would be curious to know the answer to this as well. This is really the way to go to keep our dogs healthy but we also have 3 dogs (not small ones). We want to the best for them…… We do garden so that will help, however What IS everyone spending a month for their dogs homemade food? I know it depends on size of dog, but i’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts.

  259. Chungah! Awesome recipe! I made this for my pup the other night and he loved it

  260. How much does a single batch make (how many cups?) Thank you ☺

  261. Where is the unsubscribe button?

  262. This article is a good one indeed because with so many commercial options available sometimes, we forget to give our dogs the homemade options of food. I personally like to give my pet baby homemade food. Great share and I will definitely try the recipe you have given. Cheers.

  263. It is good you are pointing people towards Balanceit for home made diets. It is essential that pet diets are balanced with all the vitamins and minerals they need. I have a small version of “Balanceit” in Australia with free balanced recipes – see https://www.vetlicious.com/choose-protein. Thanks Steve.

  264. When food is nuked all the nutrients and minerals vanish, please do not nuke for your best pals, they will be getting no nourishment for their health when food is nuked. Also I was reading about a cat eating tuna from a can above, and tuna from a can is too acidic for cats, a friend of mine had to pay tonnes of money for a UTI operation because her cat was eating tuna from a can, that’s what the Vet told her. For UTI problems for cats organic cranberry juice works, for dogs, just use cranberry extract with D-mannose for a few nights.

  265. How many cups does this make 

  266. I just made my first batch and the dogs are loving it! I have a 30 (+) lb Corgi and a 70lb Wirehaired Griffon and I am trying to figure out how much to feed them. I feel like they are both a little overweight at this point. I have seen people mention amounts of food in lbs but I measure their food in cups. Any thoughts? Thanks!

  267. DO NOT USE Brown Rice or Dairy in dog food EVER! It disrupts their digestion system. Dogs digestion is much quicker then in humans. Using whole grains and dairy can make your dog sick. Use white rice instead.

  268. Hi! I just dropped by to say that I linked from my site to here. I know that it’ll become useful for my future readers. BTW, here’s the link >> Side Hustle Ideas for Dog Lovers

  269. Is there a cookbook with dog food recipes?

  270. How long can it keep in the fridge ….and freezer?

  271. This recipe is fantastic! My very sweet, 12-year old chihuahuas HATE ‘dog food’ and I don’t blame them! This recipe makes us both feel good. They feel like they are getting a ‘treat’ and I feel so much better about serving this to them rather than some gross canned food. Thanks so much!

  272. Hi Chungah! I made a big pot of this dog food last week and my dog is STILL licking the bowl CLEAN after each meal 🙂 He loves it and it makes me so happy to cook something special for him. I substituted the brown rice for white rice (after reading about how it was easier for their tummies to digest) and right now I am halting the serving with his dry dog food to ween him off 🙂 But I wanted to pop in to tell you how much Felix LOVES his new food.

    Thank you!

  273. Can I replace zucchini with cucumber? If not, what can I replace it with?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, we cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications. And with this specific recipe, consult your vet if you are not sure.

  274. Do you feed this as dog meal every day or you have other recipes to rotate? (another then easy crockpot). If you have other, can I ask how many recipe variety you feed?
    Do you use supplements? how much and what supplement you use for your dog?
    Of course in the end I still consult my vet, but I want to know about yours if possible or if can’t its ok.

    Anyway, we both have corgi <3

  275. I have a question, do you add any supplements to the dog food you make like “ BalanceIt “ suggests dogs need. If so which do you add? I’d hate for my dogs to be difficient in vitamins. BalanceIt sells some, but they seem kinda pricey just wondering your take on this? Thanks

  276. Recipe looks interesting. Can u pls suggest any vegetarian recipes for my 12 yr old Shih-Tzu dog? I can add egg. No issue. Except no meat.

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications. Sorry, Radha!

  277. I differ with your advice that all starches are bad for diabetics. On a plant-based diet that includes lots of starchy vegetables, including white and sweet potatoes, I have reversed type 2 diabetes and done away with the medications for it and for high cholesterol. It is fat that causes the problem for diabetics. Starch is not the culprit. Our bodies use carbs and store fat. Fat is what keeps insulin from entering cells as it should and forces it into the bloodstream, thus insulin resistance and diabetes. That’s why losing weight ends type 2 diabetes.

  278. That’s an awful lot of vegetables and grain! You need to make sure the meat contains organs and such also 🙂

  279. Thank you for this recipe. My senior shih tzu has been picky ever since we brought him home from the shelter 6 years ago. I have switched between high quality dog foods to encourage him to eat. I added cheese, I started giving him refrigerated dog food…. still kind of picky. I thought maybe I should just let him eat junk dog food so he would enjoy eating his food. BUT!!Today I made this recipe, he ate two bowls even with his Nutro dry mixed in. The vet would tell me that he’ll eat when he is hungry, I believe that is true but I’m so happy he is enjoying his food now…..FINALLY !! Bubba the Shih tzu thanks you too.

  280. Thanks for this recipe, Chungah! I’m going to try this with my dog this week. I see a lot of people asking how much to give. As always just ASK YOUR VET what the calorie requirements for your dog are and multiply that by the nutritional information that has been handily provided!!

    My vet told me we should be shooting for 1000-1200 calories for his breed/weight. so divided 1100 by 412.3 calories per cup in this recipe that comes out to about 2&2/3 cups a day. So we’ll start with 1 & 1/3 for breakfast and 1 & 1/3 for dinner. Which is Actually very close to what we have been giving him of his dry food 😀

  281. Where is the dairy in this recipe?  At the first of the article you said they had to have a certain percentage of dairy. Just wondering. 

    • There is no dairy in this recipe.

    • Dairy: you can test the recipe w/ a few ounces of shredded low/no-lactose Cheddar or American cheese.

      Aslo, regarding the rice debate..

      The Difference Between Brown and White Rice

      All rice consists almost entirely of carbs, with small amounts of protein and practically no fat.

      Brown rice is a whole grain. That means it contains all parts of the grain — including the fibrous bran, the nutritious germ and the carb-rich endosperm.

      White rice, on the other hand, has had the bran and germ removed, which are the most nutritious parts of the grain. This leaves white rice with very few essential nutrients, which is why brown rice is usually considered much healthier than white.

      Brown rice has a big advantage over white rice when it comes to nutrient content. Brown rice has more fiber and antioxidants, as well as a lot more important vitamins and minerals. White rice is mostly a source of “empty” calories and carbs with very few essential nutrients.

      100 grams (3.5 ounces) of cooked brown rice provide 1.8 grams of fiber, whereas 100 grams of white provide only 0.4 grams of fiber.Brown rice is high in magnesium and fiber, both of which help control blood sugar levels. Research suggests that regularly eating whole grains, like brown rice, helps lower blood sugar levels and decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

      Simply replacing white rice with brown has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, high consumption of white rice has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes. This may be due to its high glycemic index (GI), which measures how quickly a food increases blood sugar.

      Brown rice has a GI of 50 and white rice has a GI of 89, meaning that white increases blood sugar levels much faster than brown. Eating high-GI foods has been associated with several health conditions, including type 2 diabetes.

      The list below shows a comparison of other vitamins and minerals:

      Brown (RDI) White (RDI)
      Thiamine 6% 1%
      Niacin 8% 2%
      Vitamin B6 7% 5%
      Manganese 45% 24%
      Magnesium 11% 3%
      Phosphorus 8% 4%
      Iron 2% 1%
      Zinc 4% 3%

  282. Can once melted frozen peas be frozen again?
    Usually frozen things should not be frozen again.

    • As I am not an expert on food safety, I cannot really say with certainty – sorry! Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with.

  283. So we just recently started this but we have two 50 pound dogs. How many cups do you think we should do for them and how many times?

  284. Thank you so much for this recipe! Even though we buy good quality food our littlest yorkie boy who’s about 7 years old suddenly stopped eating and got the runs. The only thing I could get him to eat for two days was part of a peanut butter sandwich. Then I found a packet of the dog food I had made in the freezer… one last one left. I thawed it out and held out a tablespoon of it to him and he ate it up! I was SO relieved! He ate half a bowl of it this evening no problem so I’m making two more batches. One just like the recipe says and one with egg yolks, peas, turkey, spinach, peas, pumpkin and brown rice.
    Much love from our fur kids and family!

    Wendy in Lexington TN

  285. I really like this recipe for my beautiful dogs. Homemade dog food is guaranteed fresh and nutrient packed! Thank you so much.

  286. I’m really grateful for your provided information. I will save this article for one of my favorite this month and if it’s okay to you I will share this to my friend.

  287. How much of the balance it canine supplement do you use with this recipe? 

  288. This is actually not a balanced diet for a dog and you can have problems if you don’t feed the correct ratios of meat and bone. Please let people know they need to do more research than just following this blog! Misinformation can harm puppies. Please research raw, prey-model, and BARF diets. The absolute best diet for a dog is raw, but you have to feed it correctly to make sure they get proper nutrition. Cooked diets like this can cause a lot of long term issues…

  289. I have a 15 month 124 lb Great Dane and have recently discovered he has severe food allergies that have caused severe bowl issues his whole life I am now cooking for him but I am concerned with getting the nutrients and calories right for him He is allergic to Wheat,Corn,Rice,Sweet Potatoe and Pork any help would be appreciated. I took him in to discuss the food with my vet he is determined that I need to feed him the 1 brand of dog food he can have it is 73.00 for 17 lbs he would need 5 bags a month this just isn’t feasible for us I don’t want him to lose more weight so a good recipe with advice on how much would be greatly appreciated. I am feeding him beef , Chicken Breasts, Chicken Gizzards and Livers, White Potatoes, Cottage Cheese, Greek Yougurt no sugar, Oatmeal, Eggs and ground egg Shells also add different veggies such as carrots, spinach,Parsley, peas, green beans, garbonza beans

  290. I have a 15 year old shih tzu. Ever since he broke his jaw 4 months ago i have to feed him canned food. That stuff isn’t cheap…. Do you know if I save money by making the food for my dog instead of buying can food? Also what’s the receommended portion to my little man? He’s never hungry in the morning. Only eats at dinner time.

    Any suggestions or opinions welcomed!

    Thanks!!

  291. I’m really confused my all the filler? I had German Shepherds which were used for protection work. They were big strong, very high energy dogs. I initially had them on Iams for ages, and it seemed to change.. both my cats and dogs started to lose condition. Several Vet trips and multiple food changes.. we wound up with the cats on Origen Red, and the dogs on a BARF diet. There was raw chicken with bone in for their calcium, their meats changed, I had multiple sources from rabbit, to venison, to beef, to goat, to pork (store bought only), we even got beaver, squirrel and tripe. Both of my boys got between 4 1/2 to 5 lbs a day total because of their energy level. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that dogs are primarily carnivores, yes they WILL eat vegetation, but their digestive system is not designed for it. That is why is causes so much gas and huge piles of poo. Your dogs body can’t utilize it, so it just gets rid of it. It’s amazing the first week of a true raw diet where you are only feeding raw meat, bones, and organ meat. The poos will bee so tiny even if you have a 200 lb dog.. and the best part, after about three days, they just vanish, they just dry up, crumble and  disintegrate. I only have a Chihuahua at the moment, she is very pampered. Filet, Ahi Tuna steak, whatever we have I cut some up for her before I start cooking. I’m looking for my next dog. Hopefully it will not be long. I would NEVER EVER buy any food that the first ingredient listed wasn’t an animal protein

  292. I’m soooo happy I found this recipe! My dog is such a brat and won’t eat hard dog food. We ended up switching him over to wet dog food of the same brand, and they sent me expired food! I didn’t notice for over a week of feeding it to him. I felt sooo bad about it. I ended up making this for him right after that, and he absolutely loves it! He used to never get excited about his food, and now he jumps around when I pull out a baggy. 🙂

  293. This is a great recipe, but cats and dogs also need specific nutrients daily. I make dog food, but my dog also gets regular dog food once a day. Also, be careful to those that give fish to cats. I learned the hard way that too much is not a good thing. It ended up costing me $2500!

  294. Easy to make & the boys loved it!!!
    Thank you

  295. It is ideal that you add organ meat (livers and hearts) and perhaps ground cartilage to this recipe. Organ meats supply a great many nutrients that the primary meat will not, and cartilage does this as well as give joint benefits. Depending on the dog’s personal sensitivity you might also want to cook the rice longer than directed and in extra water, and grind up it or it may cause irritation as dogs have a harder time digesting rice than humans do and will also not digest most of the nutrients found in brown rice anyway, oatmeal is also another alternative and may be better for the skin and coat. If you get your meat from a quality (Organic, not factory farmed) source it is probably safe to give it to your pets raw as well, my dog loves raw bloody chicken livers and they are very good for her too. Adding a probiotic to your dogs food is also ideal, you can easily do this by adding a spoonful or two of yogurt or probiotic powder supplement to your dogs food after cooking it. Peas and rice are both filler and do not benefit the dog much other than bulking up their food to make them feel full faster, the protein in peas should not be necessary if you are using enough animal products. You can also cook poultry bones in a slow cooker with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and enough water to cover until they become soft enough to snap and grind in a food processor for an excellent source of protein and minerals, but this can also be tedious.

  296. Thank you for the recipe and all those that have chimed in with alternatives and ideas. I appreciate the sharing! I look forward to making homemade food for my dog for her better health!

  297. Thank you for the recipe. I have six little Yorkies and the cost of going to the vet was starting to be too much. I come from a place where human food was shared with our dogs (our diet has white rice, boiled veggies, boiled meat, no oil other than the fat from the meat cooked and onions are not used though tomatoes, ginger, and garlic are used heavily). The dogs rarely have stomach issues or illnesses. Now with one of our dog having shunts which caused bladder infection and blood in her urine, needing high risk surgery, I decided to go with my gut and follow my peoples way. It is 3 months and the bladder infection is gone, no blood in the urine, their wastes no longer smells, no more upset tummys and diarrhea, more energy, reduced bad breath, the cost of food has been reduced hugely even with buying organic and all natural food and no vet visit as yet. My husband is happy that expenses have been reduced It is definitely worth giving them home cooked meals! 

    • Love your comment on this post. I have a 15 year old shih tzu and I was wondering how big of a portion do you give your little yorkies? I would love your input on that because I’m considering to do the same thing as you.

  298. I love this post! Thanks for sharing. I recently started doing home cooked meals for my dog too. I found he wasn’t digesting the veggies very well.  I put the rice and the veggies in my blender to make a soupy mixture and mix that with the meat, the texture of his poop became more solid after doing that and it seems he’s digesting it really well. I also alternate between raw and cooked meat and give raw meaty bones. For those who don’t know, dogs can digest raw meat easily but vegetables need to be cooked and often pulverized to increase digestibility. If you see pieces of undigested carrot in your dogs poop for example, best to put your veggies through a blender.

    Just in response to a few posts on here: For those who think that dogs are carnivores, they can be if you make them but that’s not what they are genetically. Dogs domesticated themselves by manipulating humans into giving them more easily digestible food and letting them sleep closer to the fire. The 10 key genes that separate dogs from wolves include genes for the digestion of starch, making them genetically omnivorous. Dogs are not wolves. They are more scavengers than hunters by their genetic code. I feel my dog needs the extra energy from the carbs I feed him. He’s a giant breed, I believe it’s a disservice to deny your dog of that extra feel good energy that’s encoded in his DNA, especially when they’re growing, which for giant breed can be 3 years. Would you feed your growing child an all protein diet?

    Anyway, awesome post! Thank you! 

  299. I have 2 Yorkies 3Lbs & 5Lbs how much should I give them…I can’t wait for them to make this for them! looks great… Thank you

  300. what breed is your dog and how much does he/she weigh. And do you feed him/her 1 cup per day?

    • We feed our 3-yr old, 18-pound corgi one cup of food each day, supplemented by treats. This was decided after consulting our vet and a nutritionist. I recommend consulting with your own veterinarian to see what is best for your dog.

  301. Im thinking of getting a rott puppy and I know they require a high protein diet would this recipe be good or do I need to add more meat or take out some grains? It says the recipe is easy to adjust for diets, but how?

    • Please consult with your pet’s veterinarian and use personal judgment when applying this information to your own dog’s diet.

  302. Chungah, this is absolutely amazing! My dog loves it and I feel so much better making his own food. Thank you!

  303. This recipe is great. I have been feeding my dog with only homemade food and hee is gonna turn 13 this year so i would love to share some recipes with you guys http://www.dogfoods.gr8.com His name is SNOWY 🙂

  304. Thank you so much for writing an informed post about home-cooked diets for dogs! I am a veterinarian and get so frustrated by the “alternative facts” out there about dog nutrition (SO.MUCH. misinformation!). I love that you reference Balance IT, which is my favorite website for helping owners create balanced home-cooked diets for dogs and cats. I will be trying this one for my own pup<3

  305. I have two coonhounds. How much should I put in each serving?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  306. dogs eat RAW MEAT, BONES AND ORGANS….and that’s it!!….they do NOT and should NOT eat vegetables or rice, or anything else that is in a human’s varied diet …..they are carnivores, and have made it thru millions of years being hunters and scavengers…..look at their teeth….should they be eating cereal nuggets or vegetables or rice????…..would you feed that human stuff to a lion?…NO!!… dentition dictates what they should eat…a lion has EXACTLY the same teeth as a dog…..dogs are NOT omnivores, and although they can survive on just about anything, that doesn;t mean that fruit veg and rice is the right food….and think about it….what about those dogs who can;t make their own rice, like the ones in |China can?….oh wait, THOSE dogs in China have no thumbs to be able to cook rice on a stove either….

    • Janice is 100% correct.

      ****THIS POST SHOULD COME WITH A DISCLAIMER****
      It is very dangerous to offer this type of information without doing proper research. It’s vital for dogs to have a certain percentage of RAW bones (never cooked), kidneys, liver etc with every meal in order to make sure they’re receiving all the proper nutrients.
      What you offer above IS NOT A COMPLETE DOG FOOD DIET.
      The recipe is void of those things (as well as supplements) and will longterm cause health issues and malnutrition (especially because the food is all cooked).

      Dog kibble is garbage but at least they are sure to include all the necessary supplements that dogs need in their diet.

    • While dogs certainly do not need rice, they are not entirely carnivores, they are omnivores. Dogs do naturally eat a diet of mostly meat, but they will eat the fruits off of shrubbery as well much similar to bears. Dogs also get a source of plant matter from their prey, unless you are feeding your dogs whole prey with bellies full of plant matter you may need to supply it in the form of cooked vegetables.

  307. How long can this stay in the freezer for after it has been made?

    • Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with.

  308. This recipe is amazing! my puppy loved it! my kids got a whiff of the aroma as I was cooking it, they asked to eat some! It’s hillarious because now they ask me to make dog food for lunch! jajaja

  309. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made it for my puppy and she loved it! I used ground beef and white rice and made it in my slow cooker to save myself some work – just dumped everything in except the spinch and frozen peas which I added for a few minutes at the end. I noticed that this recipe had double the percentage of protein compared to other recipes I’ve seen. So I did a little research to better understand how much protein dogs need. From what I’ve read, dogs only require between 15% and 35% protein in their diets (depending on their age, activity level, etc.). I will definitely make this again, but in future I will either cut the meat in half or double all the other ingrediants. Not only will this be in keeping with a dogs nutritional requirements, but it will be less expensive to make and the recipe will stretch a little further in feeding my large breed dog. 

  310. Thank you for this recipe! I am getting the ingredients today to make for my dogs.
    I’ve been looking for a healthy dog recipe.
    I love the versatility of your recipes.

  311. Hi there can you tell me what is the breed of your dog. I would like to know if these proportions are suitable as well for a shih tzu. Thanks!

    • We feed our 3-yr old, 18-pound corgi one cup of food each day, supplemented by treats. This was decided after consulting our vet and a nutritionist. I recommend consulting with your own veterinarian to see what is best for your labradors.

  312. How much in cups do I give my labradors per feed based on your recipe?.

    • We feed our 1-yr old, 19-pound corgi one cup of food each day, supplemented by treats. This was decided after consulting our vet and a nutritionist. I recommend consulting with your own veterinarian to see what is best for your labradors.

  313. This seems like a great recipe . Once the recipe is done cooking how many cups Of food do you get from 1 batch ? 

  314. I have 4 yorkies who are picky eaters. Every couple months they decide to boycott and stop eating their food. The most recent food they have been eating was Merrick canned classic recipie. My dog food bill was getting up in price so I decided to research making my own. I found your recipie and went straight to the grocery store. In no time at all I had enough meals for 5 days for all my 4 dogs. I feed them twice a day and each dog gets 3/4 cup for breakfast and dinner. They love the home cooked meals I make and its all done with love. The food is fresh and its much cheaper then the 6.00 I was spending per day on canned food. The only substitution I made was coconut oil instead of olive oil. Thank you so much everyone for the recipie, all the comments and suggestions. It’s clear we all love our fur babies.

  315. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it is amazing! I had my dog Josh try it out and he sends his compliments too 🙂

    The entire bowl was done in less than five minutes.

    I would like to add that depending on your dog liking, you could add mashed tunafish. My dog loves tuna in everything

  316. is everybody using the 80% lean or the 93% lean turkey?

  317. My senior corgi mix is diabetic for 4 yrs. I am cooking his food, chicken & gr beef, but want 2 add vegs. I consult his vet. It is very difficult to find any recipes for diabetic dogs, even for treats. Does anyone have a good recipe ? Thank you for your recipes, it is soo important to feed a proper diet to our pets. I am constantly looking at ingredients in dog treats. There is always some form of sugar, molasses, cane sugar, etc. Please watch , this will effect your dog later on.

  318. I cook chicken thighs in the oven with my dutch oven. Add water and shredded carrots and cook at 250 degrees until done.  Once cooked I shred all the chicken and set aside.  Then in the left over stock (water from cooking chicken) I add  frozen spinach (fresh would work too) and frozen peas.  The warm broth will defrost the vegetables.  Then I add cooked rice from the rice cooker.  Add chicken back in.  I make very large batches at once so I freeze some of it in glass topperware.  The homemade food is our dogs topper.  They still get an organic kibble with homemade stuff.  It’s about 60 percent kibble and 40percent homemade wet food.

  319. Can someone please mention how much am I supposed to be feeding my dog? Thank you!

    • 2% of body weight ..
      100 lb dog 2 lbs of food.
      75% meat 5 to 10 % kidney
      10% veggies and fruits
      5%sardines or muscles .. fish oil can also be used
      10% bone . . I give raw chicken feet.. Or you can use egg shells which have calcium as well.
      Dogs need calcium so dont forget fish and calcium are important..