While transitioning our dogs from having raw ground chicken in their diet and replacing that with leg quarters, we noticed a distinct rejection of the new alternative. From some of what I have read they should have welcomed this new food. Half of the dogs just could not seem to get the hang of it, one not even trying. Our dogs are too important to us to just let this go; had we been thinking wrong?
I have to admit that when I offered this same chicken to the lot of them except this time I roasted it and striped the meat from the bones, they all gobbled it down. I had even mixed in some old egg noodles. The only difference from something I might prepare for myself was the lack of seasoning and mixing in the chicken fat.
I don’t know what this means but I am willing to employ a little dispassionate common sense to the problem. You see the real problem is we tend to invest ourselves in a position we have chosen to take in the past and filter all new data thru the prism of not wanting to admit to being wrong, misinformed, not wanting to change.
In that spirit, I have observed from a number of different dogs, in different sizes and breeds, over several years’ time, that dogs do in fact prefer meat. Furthermore, they do not as often as one might expect prefer it uncooked. Also, I have noticed certain beneficial effects of feeding small amounts of cooked rice or pumpkin. Additionally, there seems to be no ill effects from sometimes feeding macaroni and cheese mixed with a favorite meat. I use these specific examples because of the enthusiasm in which the dogs eat those meals.
Of course roast chicken is not a balanced diet and we will continue to offer raw meat if for no other reason than to see if they eat it. We will still feed organ meat as well but no longer ground, sliced instead. We will offer it raw but if they don’t eat it we will cook it for them. Our goal is to feed our dogs as best we can, see that they consume at least a minimal amount every day and if that means cooking for them, well, I would do no less for any farm workers we might employ.