Cooking for dogs

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Pandora has become quite the little culinary snob. We are on our third kibble and second canned selections. I was so thrilled she seemed to have found the canned that she liked so I bought a case of it and now I have 11 cans she won't eat. It made me wonder if, since I only use canned as topping maybe I could cook something for her and I can change it periodically. She eats Fromm Gold Large Puppy. Any thoughts or suggestions? 

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Hi I've been lurking for a while and thought I would respond to your post.  I have a 1 year 4 month old red doberman named Osso and he is quite the culinary snob as well!  We buy him a large bag of kibble (Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato) and a small bag of a different flavor of the Acana to mix into it...we add about 1/4 of a cup and mix it in with his regular kibble. Once we run out of the small kibble we buy a different flavor because he gets sick of it and isn't very excited to eat.  He definetly likes variety when it comes to his food flavors and it's how he's always been...he will like it for a while and then gets sick of it!  We've also on occasion mixed into his kibble canned pumpkin, chicken stock, plain yogurt and boiled eggs to try to change it up for him...we always say to him..."you're something else" :)

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Here's some pics of my boy :)

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Oh goodness, what a face!!! I don't know how he doesn't get steak every night!!!

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Welcome to the Forum OSSO

Osso sure is cute and what beautiful long ears!

I would suggest using some warm water or broth in their meals. 

Our Bella is also rather picky about what goes into her Princess mouth.

We feed a combination of 2 kibbles, 2/3 TOTW Pacific Stream, and 1/3 Kahoots Salmon and Sweet potato, + cooked chicken leg meat about 2 tablespoons of it and 1/2 cup warm chicken broth from chicken leg meat boiling. This combo has really stuck for her. 

It sounds like alot of work but really it is not, because I mix the kibbles and put it into gallon double zip-lock bags, and one chicken leg lasts 3-4 days. She is 3 and fed 2 x a day and eats 2 1/2 cups of kibble, when she was younger it was 3 cups. It seems she is a little bit more eager to eat now that we have cut her back to the lesser amount.

She also gets 1 beef back rib bone raw. There is a little knuckle bone I chop off the rib end and when I have alot of those waiting in the freezer I cook them up and get all the little bones and fat out then freeze those as meatballs in 'serving size lumps' ( thawed in warm water) to feed her instead of chicken +broth.

Yes she is spoiled but ....... she enriches our lives in countless ways with her love of life and lovingness. Her condition and teeth are fab! 

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Great ideas everyone, thanks for the advice. The idea of a small bag of a different flavor is smart. I will do that today.

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Yep.. same here.. we cook for our kids and they love meal times.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. A dollop of pumpkin, brown rice, green beans with a half of a cup of kibble ( Bella gets Royal Canin Gastro Intestinal.. for a street dog she has an uber sensitive stomach) Sofia gets Kirkland Nature's Domain chicken and sweet potato ( a TOTW wanna be) I mix it up at times with ground round, fish and eggs.. They get a supplemental vitamin and brewers' yeast. Sofia gets a tablespoon of honey for breakfast and lunch.. ( they both eat three times a day)

Zero or low sodium has kept Sofia's DCM at bay.. although her dear heart is twice the normal size, there's no fluid build up around it or her lungs.

when i roast the chicken, I save the juices and boil the rice with it.. makes for a lovely taste and smell..

When I remember I give them coconut oil ( tablespoon) that they think is desert.