Introduction: How to Make Healthy Dog Food

My dog has lost interest in eating dry dog food. I noticed she would eat it only if she is very hungry and there is nothing else to eat period. A friend of mine shared how he feeds his dog which is about the same size as mine.

Step 1: Get Ingridients

1. Kirkland Normandy vegetable mix
2. Organic gluten free brown rice
3. Extra lean ground beef 

Protein can be varied. Rotisserie chicken, Chopped lean steaks or your dogs favorite protein of your choice.

Step 2: Cook Rice in Rice Boiler

Rice is the ingredient that will last you for months so don't by cheap rice. $13 will buy you organic brown gluten free rice.

Step 3: Cook Protein and Steam Veggies

Make sure you cook the meat well and don't overcook the veggies. I just defrosted them and brought the water to boil before I removed and drained all water.

Step 4: Chop the Veggies

Your dog will pick out all the meat and leave most of the other stuff alone so you need to chop and mix well so it is not possible to pick and choose :)

I used food processor. Only chop the veggies and then do the mixing by hand in a large bowl.

Step 5: Store the Food in Pyrex 2.6L Glass Containers

I did not make enough of it to freeze. I have a big dog so cooking for more then a week is not possible. Don't use plastic containers to store food.

Step 6: Sit Back and Watch Your Dog Lick That Bowl Clean!

Comments

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saosport (author)2014-08-22

I just started doing something similar to this. I have a weim who is a picky eater and does not like eating unless he is very hungry. I normally add eggs to the mix and found he loves peas and blueberries. He still gets some dry food mixed in. I make his food each day and found if I heat up his dry food for about 30 sec on the stove top with the meat and veggies he does not pick it out.

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zchampine (author)2011-02-17

Just wondering,why is it not ok to use plastic containers?

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ngtx (author)zchampine2012-02-01

because toxic chemicals seep into the food from the plastic. Same with new cars, gadgets, anyhting that has plastic it has this scent. THis is the byproducts of polimer reaction evaporating. Most plastic goods directed at food have no BPA lables but there are tons of other chemicals you dont want in your body or your dog.

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Denger (author)zchampine2012-02-01

Plastics start breaking down at the molecular level when subjected to heat, in some cases, even very low heat (like a hot summer day). One must ask oneself, do I really want that plastic container's chemical gases (released during the heating process) entering the food chain?

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jessimata (author)2010-10-05

thanks for the instructable. super easy and simple! my dog is also my "composter"! i mix in all my fruit/ veggie scraps and my juicer pulp when i make her food. sometimes i also add egg for protein, roll in balls, bake and freeze. since i like to measure her food i freeze portion sizes in muffin tins for easy accessibility. i do recommend making your dog food as a supplement unless you intend to fully research and add all needed vitamins and minerals. thanks again!

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