|Barked: Wed Jul 25, '12 8:25am PST |
I guess my questions are; Is it possible he doesn't like it? Or will it just take time for him to figure out how to eat something whole like that?
It's possible he doesn't like it, OR might just take time.... some dogs do not care for duck, some dogs don't care for gamier meats, etc.
He doesn't seem to be interested in ripping something apart.
This might just take time and practice. You might try something that could be more palatable to him like a chicken leg quarter (thigh & leg) or something like that...that's a good "starter" piece.
My other question is, is it always this messy? Will I always have chunks of meat flying and hitting the floor and walls?
Ew, I hope not! I can safely say meat does not make contact with my walls, heh.
Where does everyone feed? Someone told me to feed outdoors but the flies really start to swarm all over the place and what about winter?
Mine eat on towels or mats, or outdoors when the weather is nice. I live in Buffalo NY so perhaps that has something to do with it, but can't say that I ever see flies swarming them during eating... are you in a very humid climate?
I mean... do you sit and watch them eat a bone for an hour to make sure it stays on a towel? Also, doesn't the juice soak through the towel? Do you mop your floors every time your dog eats?
No, I don't...they are trained to keep their food on the towel. If the food comes off the towel, they are to pick it up and place it back on there. I place a meal on the towel and check on them every couple of minutes, depending on if it's something that takes a long time to eat. Mine both consume something easy like a chicken quarter in under 2 minutes so there's not much time or watching involved there. If they have something more recreational that takes a while to eat like a big pork neck or something, I just check on them now and again. I don't really have issues with stuff soaking through towels -- if it's something very juicy like organ meat or something, I just feed that out of a bowl. Average hunks of meat, barring things like bloody fresh venison, aren't super duper soggy enough to get through the towel.
We're planning to start a family very soon... what about kids crawling on the same floor the dog just ate raw meat on.
I have a 2 yr old and a 9 month old. I don't feed my dogs in locations where my kids crawl (like the kitchen), even though I gently wipe the area with some vinegar after they are done just to be extra clean. Many people feed their dogs in their crate, I feed mine outdoors or in the garage, or in the basement workshop/storage area.
I do want to do what's best for my dog but this first week has been pretty darn time consuming and messy.
Hey I understand. It can definitely be time consuming at first when your dog doesn't seem crazy about crushing their food and isn't a well-versed raw eater yet. Aside from tooth-cleaning meals, my dogs generally take less than 5 minutes to eat. When we very first started, Kolbe used to take what I felt was half my lifetime to crunch up a silly little leg quarter, but she quickly got better and faster at it, as well as neater.
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