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Homemade Dog Food Recipe from the Dog Lovers at Calico June Designs

Here is a homemade dog food recipe submitted by Bonnie of Calico June Designs!  Thanks, Donna


Our Homemade Dog Food Recipe…

Serves 3 for approx a week; thaw out if frozen

  • Boil 2 4-packs of chicken thighs in a big pot of water (about 2 gallons? we use our biggest pot)
  • Remove once cooked and add several cups of rice, lentils, quinoa, or any other combo of grains
  • You want the water to be about 2 to 1 ratio of the grains put in.
  • Then add in shredded carrots, bag of frozen peas, any other vegetables, like shredded zucchini, squash, or any other seasonal veggie, some dried fruits like cranberries, blueberries, etc., and some fish oil caplets
  • Cook on med low until grains fully absorbed, stir occasionally
  • You can mix it up, with the grains, veggies, and fruits, but you want a combo of meat, grains, fruits and veggies, and fish oil
  • Once everything else is cooked, and the chicken has cooled, shred it off the bone and add back in.
  • Sometimes when we plate the food we’ll add in a raw egg

Two tips…

  • We also take the chicken bones and puree them with some water in the blender…they can actually eat this (and it’s very good for them!), if it’s all pureed…they can only not eat poultry bones if they’re whole, as they can splinter, but if they’re pureed, they’re good to go!
  • Also, the grains, we buy bulk (fairway and whole foods are good for this), and they have a good variety like quinoa and millet, which are both very good for dogs

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As with any change to your dog’s diet, please double check with your veterinarian.


  1. A little work saving tip…..the nutritional value of a cooked chicken bone is not equivalent to the work involved in SAFELY grinding it down to a non-hazardous form.

    Heating the bone dehydrates it of most of its useful nutrients, and the calcium that perhaps is left and not made totally biologically unavailable, is in such small quantities that its really not worth it. Enough calcium can be obtained through vegetables at that point from the other ingredients.

    Vegetables on the other hand need to be heated and broken down because dogs do not have the right enzymes to obtain nutrients from a whole raw vegetable, and need the digestive process to almost be started for them.

    Cool recipe idea, and incredibly practical and easy to serve up!
    Should I feel weird that it looked good too? Maybe I should have eaten breakfast today 😉


  2. Thanks so much! I’ve had many people tell me about grinding down the bones and serving it in the food for calcium. I never thought about what nutrients might be lost in the process – the processes shared with me involved baking the bones until they could be ground down easily.

    And you response explains why carrots (our dogs’ favorite treat) pass right on through.

    • Your welcome! Ive been watching for years as the debates and conversations on dog nutrition have been growing, changing, and evolving…

      It all comes down to some very universal science and biology theories…

      Basically when it comes to anything related to prey animals or “meat stuff”, anything involving heat is going to diminish the value of the food. We need to heat and prepare vegetables because dogs traditionally would get that type of food from eating stomach contents of prey animals, thus leaving their digestive systems inefficient at dealing with raw unprepared vegetables. The deer already started the digestive process for the wolf by chewing and partially digesting the grass first.

      A great way to balance out a diet is to toss our dogs the occasional beef liver or other various organ meat. You can go to the grocery store and get frozen slices of liver for a very affordable price. It’s not an everyday thing, but a couple times a month is a great way to boost nutritional intake.

      Now that I have introduced liver and organs into the conversation, my earlier hunger pangs have nicely disappeared!


  3. I never thought about grinding up the poultry bones, but it makes sense. Good source of calcium.

    • Hi Sage – I’m going to have to look into how much calcium is in ground bones. I’ve now heard from a couple of people that the process of cooking the bones may minimize the calcium benefit. Another dog owner I know bakes egg shells then grounds them into her dogs food mixture (in the blender). I want to try that too.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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