what mistakes did you make starting out?

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ah..finally a- good life...
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 1:09pm PST 
i think this would help the newbies to raw...

so i'll go first!!!

Mistake number 1: too much variety too fast
Answer: feed chicken for awhile first, then gradually add other meat sources


Professional- Klutz
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 1:10pm PST 
Mistake #2 - Assume that your dog will know to keep his meat on the towel in the kitchen....

Solution: You have to TEACH it's not ok to prance off with a hunka chicken quarter on your living room rug. silenced

Awesome Dog
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 1:17pm PST 
Mistake #3: Too much bone!! Your dog shouldn't be pooping dust. wink
Solution: MORE MEAT!

Mistake #4: Too much organs at once. A half a pound of beef kidney or more is waaaaaay too much. Especially when you haven't been raw-feeding long.
Solution: Limit organ consumption to a couple ounces at a time spread out over a week.

Edited by author Thu Jan 24, '08 1:18pm PST


Rosie P- Tracy

I'll Have the- Steak Tartare!
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 2:48pm PST 
Great idea, Arko ..BOL

Mistake #1: I wanted to feed Rosie an occassional piece of chicken (cause my friend Vinita does) and I got on Dogster's raw forum. Now I am a fanatic.

Okay, that wasn't a mistake big grin

Mistake #2: Worrying. Worrying about choking. Worrying about weighing everything. Worrying about amounts. Worrying about packaging. Basically getting my panties in a bunch about every little thing. But maybe you have to go through that ...

Mistake #3: Not spending my feeding dollars wisely. I bought a lot of sharp boney bones, weight bearing RMBS, meat with too many bones.

That's it!
NuNu - {Nubert- Nubinsky}

adopt a shelter- dog!!
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 2:48pm PST 
we made mistake number four with nunu at first...

mistake #5
if you think that bone chunk is too big, please dont stick your hand in and go after it... i have the scar to prove it (thank dog he is only 10 pounds) ... if it was too big he will throw it up smile

Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 3:00pm PST 
Mistake #6: RMBs that are too small! It all ended well, but it was a nervous night waiting for the one-crunch chicken thigh to pass. BOL

Solution: Feel RMBs that are more complicated and larger, though still edible.

Mistake #7: Not believing the "wreck bone" warnings. Weight-baring bones really DO chip teeth!

Solution: Avoid them. It's not worth the worry, hassle, and resultant dentals for removing chipped or broken teeth.

Newest Project- "Sprinkles"
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 4:41pm PST 
Mistake #8: To feed liver for the very first time when you have to work an 8hrs away from home the next day.

Solution: Feed liver for the first time on the weekend or when you can have the next day off. Monitor the dog for when it needs to go out.

I solemnly swear- that I am up to- no good
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 4:54pm PST 
Mistake # 9: Forgetting to defrost the food for the next morning

Solution: When feeding, I always pull out tomorrows portions out of the freezer and put it in the fridge smile
Sheila, MAD,- MR, MS,- JCH-Br, S

I'm so glad the- puppy is- gone....!!!
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 6:49pm PST 
Mistake #10:

Get overexcited with ordering food through your co-op and other resources AT THE SAME TIME and then run out of room quickly in your extra dog-food-freezer so you have to sneak pounds of meet into your work freezer big laugh
Sheila, MAD,- MR, MS,- JCH-Br, S

I'm so glad the- puppy is- gone....!!!
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '08 6:50pm PST 
Mistake #11: run out of freezer baggies in the middle of bagging 40lb of chicken backs...
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