Your Paleo Pooch

With Thanksgiving over, Christmas fast approaching, and the Paleo Challenge in full swing, one could say we’ve got food on the brain. Food for ourselves, our family, and our friends. However, what about “man’s best friend”? Even before moving out to Chico I had looked at adopting a dog. I’d talked to adoption agencies, took a look at the available dogs, and finally, upon moving here, welcomed one into my home. That of course brought about conversations on training, exercise, and food.

Now, this isn’t my first dog. I’ve traditionally bought from breeders, so I’m use to the whole “this is the best brand of dog food for the breed”, “give 1 & 1/2 cups per day” response. Instead, I was told the dogs at the agency were on a “Raw Food” diet, and that they only went to packaged dog food towards the end of the month (if the shelter was really full).
I fully admit to geeking out on this whole “Paleo” thing. I frequent a host of websites, have my fair share of reading material, and logs of my own food going back over a year. We can talk food, your experiences and mine, all day long. Admittedly, however, I glossed over nutrition for pets. Why would I focus on it? At the time I didn’t have any pets, but now I do.
So now the question. What are dogs suppose to eat? (Well they’re not ruminants. So, much like people, I’m guessing grains are out.)

Here’s the basic recipe that was given to me:

3lbs ground beef (use more fatty rather than lean)
1 zucchini
1 red potato
2 raw eggs
1 tomato
1-2 apples (cored – no seeds)
2 carrots
Small broccoli florets (1/2 cup – 1 Cup)

* Feed 1 lb mixture for every 50 lbs of dog a day. If feeding twice use 1/2 lb mixture twice a day*

*Other fruits and vegetables that can be used (like leftovers) are: celery, spinach, lettuce, pears, watermelon, and cantaloupe (no seeds).*

* To change things up you can use raw chicken, bones and all, as a snack or if it’s a big piece of chicken a whole meal. A leg, thigh, or wing could be a snack.*

DO NOT FEED THESE ITEMS:
Onions and garlic
Grapes and raisins
Chocolate
Coffee grounds, coffee beans, and tea
Pear, plum, peach, apricot and apple seeds
Tomato plant leaves and stems
Rhubarb leaves
Potato peelings
Alcohol
Yeast dough
Macadamia nuts
Avocado (all parts)
Mushrooms
Raw salmon

It seems simple enough… and more importantly, it seems like food I’d eat myself. Truthfully, I need, and will be doing more research on this topic. I did start by dropping by the local PetCo and doing some reading of nutritional labels (I won’t spoil the surprise, or lack there of). Take a little time yourself. I’m curious to hear what you find.

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Written by Justin

Justin Scott was Southern born, East Coast bred, and Midwest educated. The only constant being a love of athletic, martial arts, and competition. While earning a Bachelor and Masters degree from Purdue University he competed as an amateur boxer, endurance athlete, and trained Krav Maga (an Israeli self-defense system). These activities led to coaching a variety of athletes in everything from combative sports to endurance events. As a Krav Maga instructor Justin has had the opportunity to train not only civilians, but military, law enforcement and first responders on how to appropriately react during violent and life threatening situations. Due to his diverse experiences, Justin is able to bring a unique understanding of people, goal setting, achievement, and motivation to his coaching. He knows achieving one's goals in health and fitness can be difficult, but believes anything is possible with the right resources, programming, and motivation. With an eclectic background and rich steeping in fitness and nutrition Justin is able to coach a variety of clients with phenomenal results. "I find each individual comes to me with their own strengths and weaknesses, goals and aspirations, and perceptions of their ability to achieve them. I live for these moments when I see a client do something they never thought they could, or achieve a goal they always wanted to." Justin is a Certified Crossfit Endurance Coach, Phase B Certified Krav Maga Instructor, and Phase B Certified Fit-To-Fight Instructor.

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4 Comments

  1. Jenny

    Great post Justin! I am very much a dog lover too and have 2 muts of my own. I have them on a grain free dog food, but don’t actually make the food myself. I do however frequently give them the rinds and left overs of my avocados…will stop doing that immediately! Do you know what it is about them that’s not good for dogs?

  2. I make my dog’s food too! I use ground beef or pig, and sweet potatoes. most of the time, that’s it, though sometimes i throw in other veggies. the one thing i have a problem with is the raw chicken/bones statement. i lost my boy this summer to a ham bone that he swallowed without chewing, puncturing his esophagus. i asked the vet afterward, and was told that giving dogs bones at all was not a good idea. just wanted to pass that on, since losing a buddy is something we all want to avoid!

    • Justin Scott

      I feel the same way about small bones and my dog too. He pretty much swallows his food whole… sadly, much like his owner. So I never give him small bones because I’m worried he’ll choke. He chews up medium bones well enough, but it could be because he’s use to it from being on the streets.

  3. P.S. good post. it’s nice to know i’m not the only one that geeks out over my dog =)

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