Make Your Own Homemade Dog Food

November 20, 2009  
Filed under Dog Food Tips, featured

Homemade dog food is a trend that has exploded in popularity, as more people are developing ways to ensure that their dog receives the proper amount of nutrition. Because of the potentially harmful ingredients in many commercial dog food formulas, many pet owners are opting to take their dog’s nutrition into their own hands. If you want to make your own dog food, there are several different recipes that you can follow in order to make your dog food at home. Here are some general instructions that will allow you to make your own dog food.


The quality of the ingredients that you add to your homemade dog food formula is extremely important. Try to use organic, non-processed ingredients that do not have any steroids, growth hormones, preservatives or pesticides. As a general rule, you will need to choose one type of protein (per formula), two vegetables and one carbohydhome made dog foodrate. Depending on the recipe you are following, you can adjust your formula to include many different ingredients.


The mixing process for the ingredients in your homemade dog food formula is fairly straightforward. Chop the type of meat you are using (pork, beef, chicken, lamb, etc) into small bite-sized pieces, and add them to the bowl. Some people prefer to lightly cook the meat, but feeding your dog raw food is fine as long as you are certain that it contains no harmful bacteria. It’s essential that you do not use any seasoning ingredients, since there are some ingredients (garlic, onions) that are potentially toxic to your dog! If you decide to cook the meat, try to use a cooking oil that is high in omega 3 fatty acids, since this is the healthiest option for your dog. Vegetables do not need to be cooked and should be added to the food in raw form. If you decide to add grains to your homemade dog food, consider using high quality nutrient dense grains only, such as quinoa, millet or brown rice. Any grains should be cooked before they are fed to your dog.


Once all of your ingredients are properly prepared, you can make your dog food formula! You can either opt to mix all of the ingredients together to make a single formula, or you can keep them all separate, and add them together as-needed to feed to your dog. Since your formula needs to be refrigerated after it’s prepared, it’s important that you have enough space in your refrigerator for your dog’s finished formula.


If you wish, you can also add supplemental ingredients to make your homemade dog food formula more nutritious. This includes flax seed oil, cod liver oil, or ground vitamins. It’s important not to overuse these ingredients, however, since they can be detrimental to your dog’s health if given in large amounts. For example, if you use too many vitamin supplements in your homemade dog food formula, you run the risk of your dog overdosing on certain vitamins that are only designed to be given to your dog in small quantities. It’s best to carefully monitor the amount of any supplement you add to your homemade dog food formula, so that you are able to provide a diet that is properly balanced in nutrition for your dog.

Home-made dog food takes some time and effort to prepare, but you will sleep well at night knowing that your dog is not eating potentially harmful ingredients.

Have you ever tried making dog food at home?  Do you have any recipes that you would like to share?

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13 Responses to “Make Your Own Homemade Dog Food”
  1. ez says:

    Potatos?! as far as I know, dogs donwt digest it well! please check this recommendation before feeding your dog with potatos!

  2. shari l says:

    I make my Yorkie’s food every month. I buy organic brown rice, chicken, baby carrots and peas. I throw it in my crockpot, then when done I bag up 3-day supplies and freeze them. She loves it-and a few people who have eaten it (accidently) say it’s bland. Are there any seasonings that are good for dogs?

  3. Robert says:

    @ Shari (13 Dec 2009) Dogs do not have the same need as humans do for seasonings, Humans use it 9 times out of 10 to general mask the task of foods they either do not like, or do not find the bland taste palatable. The Basic nutritional guidelines stated here for Dog’s are almost exactly to the letter the same as those required for Human consumption.

    1 Protein, 2 Organic, 1 Starch.

    The article also states that some things we consider to be seasonings, such as garlic, onion, salt, pepper, are not good for your dog. Well they aren’t exactly all that good for us either, if not used in the proper dosage. Dogs are more resilient to the types of foods they eat, but they are prone to foods we as humans are not typically prone too.

    Chocolate for one, should never be given to a Dog as it builds to toxic levels in their system much more rapidly then in humans. Also keep in mind, that Dog’s like Humans can have food allergies. So when experimenting with new foods give the dog a very small test amount prior to using it in your new formula.

  4. Nate B. says:

    Hi, this is good to know. my only remaining question is how much of this whole made dog food should i feed to my 55lb dog, and she has 17lb puppies i’m still raising while waiting to get homes.

  5. Christine says:

    Rosemary and thyme are fine to add in small amounts to a homemade dog food. My veterinarian told me this, and I have been feeding these to my 7 lb chihuahua for almost a year now with no problems.

  6. Mia says:

    I have a couple of questions…the first one is for Shari: How do you heat up the frozen food? And the second question is for anybody that can answer for me: How much of these home cooked meals should I feed my 60lb and 40lb dogs? I’m just used to throwing cups in the their bowls.

  7. Stephanie says:

    It’s pretty silly to feed your dog vegetables, rice and potatoes at all. Dogs are carnivores, period. That means that while eating veggies isn’t going to do them any harm, it also has absolutely no value to your dog’s diet. Diet requirements for dogs and humans could not be more different. Once again dogs are carnivores, while we are omnivores. Everything from our digestive systems to our teeth are entirely different, in turn meaning that our diets should be very different. Dogs are meant to be eating raw meats and bones as their staple foods. That is exactly what their systems and teeth are made for.

  8. Junie says:

    Some dogs live to eat. I am all for giving dogs yummy homemade food, provided it is a well-balanced meal with all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Sometimes, I do think leaving it to the experts is best if we are not informed nutritionist.

  9. Bea says:

    Preditors get some vegetables (partially digested) from the digestive tracts of their prey. This might be one reason why their own digestive processes are not designed to do the work (breaking down vegetable matter). That doesn’t mean pet carnivores don’t need vegetables: they should be limited to the correct amount and type (not starchy), chopped very small or ground, and cooked as well as possible without being turned to brown ick.

  10. Lila says:

    Does anyone have a good diet for a Diabetic dog 14lb dog.
    Thank you

  11. Susie says:

    One of the meats suggested was pork. My vet. suggested very limited amounts of pork. I use a mixt. of brown rice,meat,mixed vegetables,sometimes cottage cheese,cooked eggs. One of my dogs is allergic to corn products of any kind so I leave out corn.

  12. toni says:

    Hi, to suggest zero vegetables for dogs is silly! they still have goodness that is an advantage to their diet provided its correct amounts and chopped finely!

    I just purchased the ‘Dog food secrets 4th edition and got tons of other guides with it for 39euro…for the first time following a home food diet for example i made puppy chicken chow for my 4lb over weight toy yorkie and she didnt bloat or go all sleepy after her dinner! she was still bounding around and ate all of her food! amazing…heres what i did! i even had a bowl myself and i didnt think it was bland! i used dill and coriander because it has known calming affects for puppies with a little aggression!

    Recipe for Puppy’s Chicken Chow

    Chicken, Green beans (fresh or frozen) Carrot Cabbage Brown (or white) rice Plain yogurt

    1. Place the chicken in a medium sized saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil then lower heat.
    2. Cook for 20 minutes, drain the broth (use in cooking the rice) and shred the chicken into pieces.
    3. Chop the carrot. 4. Boil the green beans, cabbage and carrot for approximately 20
    minutes until soft and drain (use the broth in cooking the rice. 5. Cook the rice with the chicken and vegetable stock over a low heat for approximately 30 minutes until the rice is tender and
    has absorbed the stock. If there is inadequate broth, then,
    make up the shortfall with water. 6. Combine the chicken, beans, cabbage, carrot, and rice in a bowl. 7. Stir in the yogurt. 8. Serve at room temperature.

  13. Shelley says:

    Hello all,

    I’ve spent a fortune buying raw food pouches from Darwin’s for my two collies who just turned one year. I decided to make my own but unsure as to why supplements need to be added if using well balanced food varieties-i.e ground chicken with bones, organ meats, eggs, veggies…? I’ve read three books on the subject and one says to make a mineral additive plus vitamin additive. If feeding appropriately why additives? Please advise-

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