I got this recipe from a local Australian Shepherd breeder. She emailed this great dog food recipe to me; this is what she feeds her Aussies along with a raw food diet and she has crazy healthy dogs. I tried it with our dogs (not the raw portion), mixing it with their kibble and they enjoyed it. I love that she included the cost. I got everything at Costco and made enough for three dogs that lasted a week.
LONGSHADOW AUSSIE DIET RECIPE (DOG FOOD RECIPE)
Diet doesn’t include seasoning chicken as shown in the image above.
- 6 CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS*
- 4 CUPS WHITE RICE
- ½ CUP BARLEY
- ½ CUP OATS
- ½ LB. CARROTS
- 1 LARGE APPLE
- ½ LARGE YAM OR SWEET POTATO
- 3 EGGS WITH SHELL
- 6 FISH OIL SOFT GEL CAPS
- 6 FLAX SOFT GEL CAPS
*I use chicken thighs instead of the drumsticks, because it’s really hard to get the bones/tendons out of the mixture.
A good blender is a necessity for ease of preparation…This will make a large quantity of natural, high quality food, meant to be fed once a day. The requirement of a larger percentage of protein is met by the 2nd daily meal being a raw, fresh, bone in chicken thigh, breast or an equivalent sized meat serving.
Precook chicken in 8-10 cups of lightly salted water until fully cooked. Remove chicken, let cool add all dry ingredients and simmer on low until rice and mix is fully steamed.
Chop carrots and apple and put in blender. Add water to cover and blend until smooth. This is important; carrots in pieces are difficult for dogs to digest. Micro yam or sweet potato 3 minutes, cut in pieces, add to blender mix. Next add whole eggs with shell. Don’t worry, the shell will be pulverized in the blending and is a high natural source of calcium. Add blender mix to rice.
Remove chicken from bone, discard bones, chop or tear into pieces and add. Cool sufficiently before serving. It only takes one “whoa, way too HOT!” experience for your dog to decide to pass on this stuff… I have even found they prefer it cold. I’m the one that has a problem with that!
This will make approximately 8 servings and can and should be refrigerated. Freeze in serving size bags or containers, if not consumed in a 24 hr. period. I feed my adults about 2 cups each. I make it as easy on myself as is possible. Feed this am or pm as long as the other feeding is raw meat. I do keep a reasonable amount of kibble on hand for schedule screw ups… or I admit, an occasional bout of laziness!
Lastly, here are a few choices I have made for my own dogs:
- Once a day multi vit.
- Once a day probiotic (acidopholis) added to each individual serving, available at any drugstore and most grocery
- Butcher bones, the best for teeth and front end muscle development. If not bones then large Milkbone type biscuits the harder the better.
I have a liquidator grocery supply store near me so I am able to minimize the cost of a lot of the ingredients. Here are a few prices I pay for your comparison.
10lb. bag of chicken legs and thigh pieces $7 @ Walmart
20lb. bag of white rice $12 @ Grocery Outlet
Fish and Flax $8-$12 @ Vitacost.com or Drugstore.com