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Old 05-14-2011, 02:31 AM
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Smile Mmmmm....chicken!

My dogs ate raw for the first time!

Figuring it out.



Tango wanted to stay on the move with his, while Jazz didn't budge.




At one point, Tango moved to the bed Jazz was in even though I'd tried to keep them separated. It was funny to see them eating together. As though it was choreographed, they'd chew on one side then at some unseen signal change to the other side in unison




And Tango's on the move yet again.


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Oh, how cute.. Tango is so funny carrying his piece around like he is afraid someone is gonna try to take it away..lol
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Wow, they look like PROS! Love it!! All that chewing is what cleans and polishes those teeth! Awesome pics.
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Hey Tracy? Question. I got worried at one point, because after they crunched and chewed through the bone, it wasn't anywhere near as soft as I'd expected it to be....and in fact the one that Jazz was eating had a jagged edge that really made me nervous. I was watching her like a hawk while she chewed on hers because of it. Is that really OK?

I kept having visions of them swallowing the last pieces whole, jagged edge and all. It honestly made me anxious enough that I took away the last little bit from each of them, wuss that I am.
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Ronni, I did the exact same thing the first time I gave a wing to Brody. He was crunching away happily and got down to the last mouthful and I saw the bone poking out of the meat and just freaked out. Held him down and pulled it out of his mouth and threw it away vowing to never feed raw again!

Over time, my comfort level increased, especially after viewing videos and talking to experienced raw feeders whose dogs gave a chicken quarter a couple of crunches and then swallowed, seemingly whole. NO problems. Their GI tract took care of it just as they said it would.

Some people like to hold the chicken part and let the dogs gnaw on it on their lap, but that looks like it would be going backwards in your case as yours took to it so well and so instinctively. I'd keep on doing what you are doing. As your comfort level and confidence increase, you will find yourself interfering less and less. It's a learning process for all of you.
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Sparkles had chicken after her food but cooked. I considered raw but am terrified so she is on Taste of the wild. She chews on dentastiks and bullie stiks to keep the tartar away from her teethe.
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They seem to surely enjoy their chicken
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I was actually surprised at how easily they slipped into the raw meat behavior. I mean, they've only ever had kibble their whole lives, so to plonk down this hunk of raw, virtually odorless, slimy.....stuff......and expect them to know what to do with it, was a bit of a stretch for me, so it was particularly surprising that they went after the chicken with such gusto. It took a bit longer with Tango, but I expected that really....Jazz is the chewer, Tango doesn't care much for any of the chewies, bully sticks etc. that I've provided them both with.

Jazz started in on his with such enthusiasm that I figured it'd be gone in three bites! What did take me aback a bit was the NOISE! I should have expected it I guess, but I cringed the first few times I heard bone crunching, and had to restrain myself from checking things out and making sure that was chicken bone I was hearing cracking, and not their teeth!

And this morning, I was pleasantly surprised again. I'd expected some change in their poop....more smell and softer. Couldn't tell the difference! Which was good, because if I'm going to do this as a regular thing, I was concerned what schedule to feed them on so I could be around to deal with the runs after, make sure they didn't have access to the couch, carpet etc. With it not seeming to affect their digestion, it makes things easier.
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