He sports a short easy-care coat to accompany his easygoing personality. The Frenchie likes to play, but he also enjoys spending his days relaxing on the sofa. That love of play and relaxed attitude carry over into their training sessions. French Bulldogs are intelligent, and training them is easy as long as you make it seem like a game and keep it fun. They are free thinkers and are not an ideal breed for competing in obedience or agility although some have risen to the challenge.
This freethinking approach can also lead to a stubborn nature, and if they decide to dig in their heels there is no budging them. Frenchies are loving companions who thrive on human contact. If you want an outdoor dog who can be left alone for long periods, the Frenchie is not the breed for you. This is a dog who enjoys lavishing love on his human companions as much as he loves the same treatment in return. They generally get along well with everyone, including children. They can, however, be territorial and possessive of their people, especially in the presence of other dogs.
Socialization is a must for this breed, but with their easy companionship this is an enjoyable task. With a nature that is both humorous and mischievous, the French Bulldog needs to live with someone who is consistent, firm, and patient with all the antics and idiosyncrasies that make him both frustrating and delightful. French Bulldogs make excellent watchdogs and will alert their people to approaching strangers, but it's not their style to bark without cause.
They can be protective of their home and family and some will try to defend both with their life. French Bulldogs do not need a lot of room and do very well in apartments or small dwellings. A couple of minute walks per day should keep them from becoming overweight. Keep the Frenchie in cool, comfortable surroundings.
He's susceptible to heat exhaustion and needs an air-conditioned environment. This is not a dog who can stay outside on a hot day. French Bulldogs are wonderful companion dogs with a gentle nature. If you work at home, the Frenchie is happy to lie at your feet all day or follow you from room to room. People who love them describe them as mischievous goof balls and can't imagine life without them. They are a constant presence, and they'll love you with all the strength in their small bodies, proving time and again that beauty is on the inside. The French Bulldog originated in England and was created to be a toy-size version of the Bulldog.
The breed was quite popular among lace workers in the city of Nottingham and when many lace workers emigrated to France for better opportunities, they naturally brought their little bulldogs with them. The French Bulldog thrived in France and Europe, and his charm was soon discovered by Americans as well. The breed was quickly nicknamed "Frenchie," and it is still an affectionate name that is used today.
Generally a French Bulldog is about 11 to 12 inches tall. Males weigh 20 to 28 pounds, females 16 to 24 pounds. This is a smart, loving dog who wants and needs to spend lots of time with his people. A fun-loving freethinker, the French Bulldog takes well to training when it's done in a positive manner with lots of food rewards, praise, and play. Not all Frenchies will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed. If you're buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you health clearances for both your puppy's parents.
Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. In Frenchies, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals OFA for hip dysplasia with a score of fair or better , elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand's disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation CERF certifying that eyes are normal. You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site offa.
French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise. They have fairly low energy levels, although there are exceptions to every rule. To keep their weight down, however, they need daily exercise through short walks or play times in the yard. Many French Bulldogs enjoy playing and will spend much of their time in various activities, but they are not so high energy that they need a large yard or long periods of exercise.
This breed is prone to heat exhaustion and should not be exercised in hot temperatures. Limit walks and active play to cool mornings and evenings. When training a French Bulldog, take into account that although they are intelligent and usually eager to please, they are also free thinkers.
That means they can be stubborn. Many different training techniques are successful with this breed, so don't give up if a certain method doesn't work; just try a different technique. To pique your Frenchie's interest, try to make training seem like a game with lots of fun and prizes. It is important to crate train your French Bulldog puppy even if you plan to give him the freedom of the house when he reaches adulthood.
Regardless of breed, puppies explore, get into things they shouldn't, and chew things that can harm them. It can be expensive both to repair or replace destroyed items and to pay the vet bills that could arise, so crate training benefits your wallet and your temper as well as your puppy's well being. NOTE: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are individuals, just like people, and they don't all need the same amount of food.
It almost goes without saying that a highly active dog will need more than a couch potato dog. For more on feeding your Frenchie, see our guidelines for buying the right food , feeding your puppy , and feeding your adult dog. The coat of the French Bulldog is short, smooth, shiny, and fine.
The skin is loose and wrinkled, especially at the head and shoulders, and has a soft texture. French Bulldogs can be any color except solid black, liver a solid reddish-brown with brown pigmentation on the lips and nose , mouse a light steely gray , and black with white or tan. Run from any breeder who tells you that a particular color is rare and thus worth more money. Conversely, remember that you can't just order up a puppy of a particular color and gender.
Having your heart set on a fawn female is a recipe for disappointment when the litter contains only cream and brindle males. French Bulldogs are fairly easy to groom and need only an occasional brushing to keep their coat healthy. They are average shedders. Begin grooming your Frenchie at a young age and teach your puppy to stand on a table or floor to make this experience easier on both of you. When you are grooming your Frenchie at any stage of life, take the time to check for any scabs, skin lesions, bare spots, rough, flaky skin, or signs of infections.
You should also check ears, eyes and teeth for any discharge or bad smells. Both are signs that your Frenchie may need to see the veterinarian. Clean ears regularly with a damp warm cloth and run a cotton swab around the edge of the canal. Never stick the cotton swab into the actual ear canal.
If the edges of the ears are dry, apply mineral or baby oil sparingly. The oil can also be used on a dry nose. French Bulldogs do not naturally wear their nails down and will need their nails trimmed regularly. This prevents splitting and tearing, which can be painful for the dog. Keep the facial wrinkles clean and dry to prevent bacterial infections.
Whenever you bathe your dog, take the time to thoroughly dry the skin between the folds. Bathe your French Bulldog monthly or as needed, and use a high-quality dog shampoo to keep the natural oils in his skin and coat. French Bulldogs should be easy to groom, and with proper training and positive experiences during puppyhood, grooming can be a wonderful bonding time for you and your Frenchie. If you're uncomfortable with any aspect of grooming, such as trimming nails, take your dog to a professional groomer who understands the needs of French Bulldogs.
Frenchies get along well with children, and they're not so tiny that they can't live in a household with a toddler. That said, no dog should ever be left alone with a young child. It's just common sense to supervise and make sure that neither is poking or otherwise harassing the other. When they are socialized to them during puppyhood, Frenchies can get along well with other dogs and cats. Overly spoiled Frenchies, however, may be jealous toward other dogs, especially if those other dogs are getting attention from the Frenchie's very own person.
French Bulldogs are often acquired without any clear understanding of what goes into owning one, and these dogs often end up in the care of rescue groups, in need of adoption or fostering. If you're interested in adopting an Frenchie, a rescue group is a good place to start. Below are breed clubs, organizations, and associations where you can find additional information about the French Bulldog.
Breed Characteristics: Adaptability. All Around Friendliness. Health Grooming. Exercise Needs. See Dogs With Low Intensity. Vital Stats: Dog Breed Group:. French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise, but they do need daily walks to keep them at a healthy weight. French Bulldogs do not handle heat very well and need to be monitored on hot days to ensure that they don't overexert themselves.
French Bulldogs can be easy to train, but they can also be stubborn. Be firm and patient when training this breed. If you value cleanliness the French Bulldog may not be the dog for you, since he is prone to drooling, flatulence and some shedding. He can also be difficult to housetrain. French Bulldogs can be a quiet breed and are not known as a breed that barks frequently although there are exceptions to every rule.
Because they don't tend to be excessive barkers, French Bulldogs make exceptional apartment dogs. Although it is important to always supervise young children and dogs when they are together, the French Bulldog does very well with children. French Bulldogs make wonderful watchdogs, but they can become territorial. They also like being the center of attention, which can lead to behavioral problems if they are overindulged. French Bulldogs are companion dogs and thrive when they have human contact.
They are not a breed that can be left alone for long periods or left outside to live. To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Hip Dysplasia: Hip dyplasia is a heritable condition in which the femur doesn't fit snugly into the pelvic socket of the hip joint.
Hip dysplasia can exist with or without clinical signs. Some dogs exhibit pain and lameness on one or both rear legs. As the dog ages, arthritis can develop. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred. Ask the breeder for proof that the parents have been tested for hip dysplasia and found to be free of problems.
Brachycephalic Syndrome: This disorder is found in dogs with short heads, narrowed nostrils, or elongated or soft palates. Their airways are obstructed to varying degrees and can cause anything from noisy or labored breathing to total collapse of the airway. Dogs with brachycephalic syndrome commonly snuffle and snort.
Treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition but includes oxygen therapy as well as surgery to widen nostrils or shorten palates. Allergies: Allergies are a common problem in dogs. There are three main types of allergies: food-based allergies, which are treated by an elimination process of certain foods from the dog's diet; contact allergies, caused by a reaction to a topical substance such as bedding, flea powders, dog shampoos, and other chemicals, and treated by removing the cause of the allergy; and inhalant allergies, caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and mildew.
The medication for inhalant allergies depends on the severity of the allergy. It is important to note that ear infections often accompany inhalant allergies. Hemivertebrae: This is a malformation of one or more vertebrae that causes it to be shaped like a wedge or triangle. This malformation can occur on its own or with other vertebrae malformations.
Hemivertebra can cause no problems, or it can put pressure on the spinal cord. This can lead to pain, weakness, and or paralysis. There is no treatment for the condition unless there is spinal cord pressure. Patellar Luxation: Also known as "slipped stifles," this is a common problem in small dogs. I know, disgusting, right??!!! He got down to 10 pounds. I give him a probiotic every other day and that has helped. He loves veggies and of course meat but it seems whenever he eats just a little of vegetables he gets sick,either throwing up or diarrhea.
He takes a Zantac and Benedryl every day before he eats. He still has issues….. Should you choose to switch to homemade food, make the transition slow to keep him comfortable. For instance, maybe add a tablespoon or two of the homemade food to his usual food and increase by a tablespoon every few days, while removing a tablespoon of his dry food. I hope he gets better!
Probiotics made for pets and digestive enzymes made for pets should help with stomach issues and may even stop a dog from eating poop. Since adding these products to my dogs diet her IBS has improved dramatically and she no longer snacks on poop. Also, be careful about not adding too much carbohydrates to a dogs diet as simple carbs, like rice and white potatoes turns to sugar in a dogs body, just like it does in ours and dogs have a very limited need for carbs. Dogs and cats are carnivores and need meat and fat. Fruits are also high in fructose so these should be limited also.
Oh, and I also give homemade bone broth to both my cat and dog as it is a wonderful vitamin and mineral loaded addition and wonderful for their digestion. Thank you for responding so quickly to my post. Or, you can add a tablespoon or 2 of yogurt to his food when you dish it up for him. We frequently do this with our dogs, and they love yogurt! Toby is doing soooo much better.
I ran out of the homemade and he had to eat his regular food for just ONE DAY but he threw up a little bit the next day and had diarrhea!! So no more running out! He was on a powered probiotic which I have not been giving him because I do mix the whey in his food now. Is the powder still necessary or will the whey be enough? Anyway I just wanted to let you know how well he is doing and how much happier we both are! Thanks again. And the instant pot makes it so quick and easy. Takes longer to weigh everything than to cook it…lol. Cherries are fine for dogs as long as the pits are removed just like we would do for ourselves.
Kris, all of the sources I checked including my vet warned against feeding dogs avocados. Also, this will be a great use of my leftover whey from making my Greek yogurt. Thank you. For any dog that has IBS or colitis issues homemade bone broth is very healing to the digestive tract. Making bone broth in the instant pot is a great way to make this healing broth. My dog has IBS and since giving her the bone broth she hardly has any symptoms. For the chicken, we bought bone-in.
We removed the meat and ground it while we toasted the bones at for 45 minutes. We put the roasted bones in each instant pot as the food cooked, at the end of the cooking time we removed the bones before blending the cooked food. We then used the bones to make Bone Broth! We feed a tablespoon of bone broth with once a day to the dogs. So glad I found this! My recipe is similar to yours, but I use 1 cup brown rice do I really need to soak? Would you suggest any changes in the timing?
Kristin, we always recommend soaking grains, including brown rice. Hope that helps a little! My first batch used ore-cooked rice. I used high pressure and 23 minutes. The rest of the recipes was intact and perfect. I agree with the stir-in of the eggs at the end. No need to stir rice or refrigerate during soaking.
It is a good idea to keep it covered to keep bugs out, though! Can I use jasmine or brown rice instead? The cooking time and water needed for brown rice should be increased. If you use jasmine rice, everything should stay the same. I do 3lbs meat, 2C rice and half a large bag of frozen veggies, 2c beef or chicken broth in IP and mix the whole lot by hand in a huge bowl. Then divide into containers for about 10 days worth of food.
I also add her supplements at feeding time. Enzymes a joint formula and some beef broth powder. We rescued Nellie last November and sheis very healthy and runs with the best at the dog park! I use 3lbs meat and do 2C rice and half a large bag of frozen veggies, 2c beef or chicken broth in IP and then mix the whole lot by hand in a huge bowl. We rescued Nellie last November and she is very healthy and runs with the best at the dog park! Out of curiousity, why not avocadoes?
She is giving something that has helped her in order to help others. Thank you for this helpful information, Mrs. We do not currently have the ability to own a dog, but in the someday when we can, this is very helpful to know. Again, out of curiousity, do you think this might work for a fox? The whey or vinegar are only needed as an acid for soaking the rice. I was really inspired by your recipe and have decided to switch to home made food.
I looked for cheap cuts of meat to have the butcher grind fresh and I have an attachment to my Kitchenaid mixer. I found some pork carnitas meat that I bought but after looking at the recipe, I noticed that you do not list pork as a good ground meat. Can you tell me why? Also, Why do you partially cook the meat and organ meat prior to adding the rice and other ingredients? I am merely curious about the browning, but the addition of pork meat might be a big deal. Thank you for the recipe and the advice. I partially cook the meat prior to pressure cooking because the meat requires longer to cook than the veggies.
The meat finishes cooking in the time it takes for the veggies to cook through. We have small dogs 11 and 16 pounds, respectively , so I can only speak to what we feed them — about a scant cup, morning and evening. My husband would question the use of making dog food in an IP and then using it for our food. There is no difference, right? Since it is all regular food? Hello, I am so excited to come across this recipe.
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I have a 50lb dog. I am unsure how much I should feed him if I use your recipe. I feed him twice a day. Would it be one cup 2xs? Or more? Dogs should be fed percent of their body weight. You need a scale to weigh food to be accurate. HI Lindsey, Wondering what size instant pot you have? I am doing your recipe and when it just beeped I looked and it never came to pressure?
I use the 6-quart IP, Sue. I had that happen one time. It was a freak thing and never happened again. I just took the veggies and steamed them chopped a bit and put it all together…. The good news…both dogs ate it? Our one dog has been having seizures and trying to stop them so hoping this helps. I would try adding a cup of water next time.
Hi Lindsey, I just bought my instapot and I am so excited to make this for my Dog. I have two questions, 1 can you subsitute brown basmati rice for the white? Can I use them? All the organ meats are good but I would mix the hearts with your basic hamburger and see how it goes. Hi Marie! Congrats on getting an Instant Pot! You can sub brown rice, however you will likely need to increase the water. And you can use chicken hearts. Your dog will love it! I made my first batch and I had the same experience as others where it never came to pressure.
Any suggestions? That happened to me the last time I made food. After I added some more water it came to pressure and finally cooked all the way. Here is the recipe that I used. Any help would be really appreciated. Always make sure the seal is clean and fitting properly in the lid. Always make sure you have at least 1 cup of water so the IP can come to pressure. Stop the cooking, open the pot, and add more water. If I lightly tap it, it will come up and my IP will start the cooking cycle. Thank you, Lindsey.
No worries, Beverly! I wish I had a better answer as to why IPs are coming to pressure for some and not for others with this recipe! I had trouble having it come to pressure and it was definitely because the pot was too full. I scaled the recipe down I have the original smaller size not the 8 qt. I also have stopped pre-cooking the meat — I just stick it on top and break it up and mix it all together once cooked. I throw everything in I had to scale down the recipe to fit in my size IP with the meat on top and sweet potatoes or butternut squash on the bottom and cook for 6 minutes — then add the flax, blueberries and coconut oil.
Works like a charm. Curious if anyone knows why cooking the meat some first is recommended and why 12 whole minutes??
One way I keep the cost down of feeding real food to our dog, is to ask friends and family, especially the hunters for their freezer burned meat. I keep a milkcrate in our freezer of just meat given to our dog and pull out what I need. I have a question. When you board your dog, what do you do? I suspect you have to keep it fresh. Sending dry kibble is easy, but how do you send the fresh food?
We actually have never boarded them, come to think of it. Typically, if we leave town, they go with us or we have someone house sit for us. I would look for boarding that was willing to feed the food I provided for my dogs, no matter what form it was in. And if they have a refrigerator, it will stay fresh!
Thank you for this post. I love my instant pot and will be trying this!!! My cocker spaniel throws up when he eats the commercial brand foods. So excited to try this!! We are on our 3rd batch of this food. I used sweet potatoes in two batches and in the 3rd I used spaghetti squash. We have a 2 year old beagle and she is a bit on the plump side. Thanks so much for this recipe and encouragement. I too have made your recipe twice in the IP and never coming to pressure. I did add more water with no luck.
After reading all the comments and how to properly soak the rice, I am wondering if not soaking the rice enough can cause lack of pressure? I believe I only soaked mine for 3 hours max instead of the 7 to 8 you recommend. I hope that is enough.https://palacarno.tk
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Thank you so much for posting your recipe. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts…. Hi Cheryl I have tried many times using different amounts of water but have not had any luck making this recipe come to pressure in my 8 quart instapot. I now saute all the meat and livers, and take out half of the meat and set aside.
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I put half the rice in with 2 cups of water and then half the veggies. I set it for 12 min manual and It takes about 20 min to come to pressure. It should not cook for more than 12 minutes. When I cook it in two batches it comes out perfectly. I add the coconut oil, flax seed, fruit and crushed egg shells after it has cooled. I freeze it in 4 weekly portioned bags. Hope this helps. I am a veterinarian who works with and was trained by Dr. I have been home cooking for my pets and teaching my clients to feed fresh, home prepared foods to their furry family for more than 10 years.
This is a very high-meat diet. Meats are high in phosphorus, and thus require additional calcium supplementation to balance out the phosphorus. This can be done by using crushed egg shells there are many online references that teach this or by vitamins that provide calcium. Variety is very important to avoid dietary imbalances. Be careful when feeding your dog that you are not feeding the same recipe over and over again. Excellent post! I too ended up cooking for our Golden Retriever about 20 years ago because he just refused to eat.
I ended up buying Dr. Never looked back. Your suggestion of cooking in the insta-pot is a real time saver. I found Dr. Pitcairn had updated his book, which makes sense. I eventually discovered that a ready-made supplement supplied the same ingredients as I had been making. They still sell it and it is called Glycoflex. As soon as I added back in, he lost the limping and problems with his hips. I always used brown rice as a base and rotated the protein ground beef, chicken, salmon, tuna, liver, etc. Reason I say this — when I was at the vet when our dog was about 9 or 10 old, a couple came over and asked if he was from a particular breeder because of his head shape and build.
I was surprised that they could recognize the line. They asked how old he was and commented that it was amazing he had lived as long as he had since that line had much cancer and most of the dogs died by 6 or 7 years! Thank you for sharing your great experience. I think it will inspire many dog owners to start cooking for their pets.
I truly believe that it made our beloved Golden live a longer and healthier life! Lindsey- I need help. I have tried this recipe 5 or 6 times and it overheats every single time. I am so frustrated. Can you please help me. Sorry to hear that, Will! Or reducing the cooking time?
Are you using frozen veggies? Thanks Lindsey. We have the biggest Instant Pot. Smart version. I have added LOTS of water. I have even halved the recipe. Am I doing something wrong? And, are you using frozen vegetables? Put lid on IP and set to pressure cook for 12 minutes sealed. Approx 7 minutes later IP beeps several times and says burn. Rice is still hard and vegetables are still frozen.
Pot never reaches pressure. Same thing happens to me. So what winds up happening is I have to reset the IP each time and eventually it all cooks but I have to stop and reset x. Hi Lindsey, Would you happen to know just about how many calories are in a cup? Serenity my Lab weighs just about 80lbs and I wanted to make sure that she was getting enough calories.
Thank you Tracy. Made a version of this recipe today for my overweight chihuahua Bella. She loved it! Cooked in Instant Pot for 10 minutes and it had a gravy-ish consistency which she loved. Made about 12 days of food. That seems like it may be a lot of liver. I have read that you can overdo the liver to the point where it can become toxic. Just something to look into. I have also read that dogs may have a hard time digesting and taking advantage of the flax so I still use it but add sardines. I am also trying to figure out how to get the right amount of phosphorous and calcium so I may add the eggs with shells as you have done!
Do you grind your egg shells? Before I try making this recipe, can you tell me about how much this cup recipe costs to make? So to calculate, can you tell me how many ounces are in one cup of your completed recipe? Our dog currently eats grain free so I could do butternut squash or sweet potatoes.
I cooked the sweet potato right in with the meat and veggies for same time and they came out perfect. I chopped it quite small. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Can you or one of your readers tell me the average total cost of this cup recipe? And how many ounces one cup weighs? Lindsey- I have to tell you that this recipe is the best thing since sliced bread! She eats her food and there is no more begging…at all! She is satisfied. Her energy level is up and her collar is looser. My one question is, what about calcium? I love this recipe and have been making it for a while now.
I do wonder why mine almost never comes to pressure though. The meat and rice are cooked in the end and the veggies are usually ok, but I just made a new batch and used fresh instead of frozen carrots for the first time. The carrots are rock hard still. Also the meat is always stuck to the bottom.
Am I doing anything wrong. I always make sure the meat is only. Hi Lindsey, Our little Yorkie-poo Tucker just finished his first batch of the original recipe and it was a hit. I have several pounds of steak that was cut into strips for fajitas frozen and was thinking of using that in the new batch. I only ever see ground meat mentioned in the recipes. Do you think it will be ok to use the steak as long as it is cut into tiny bite size pieces.? Hi Lindsey, I have been feeding my dog this recipe for a month now. She really likes it. Thank you for posting it. His back legs had no fur and were always scratched up and flaky.
Now the fur has completely filled in! Thank you so much! I left a comment yesterday looking for help and it never posted properly. We need help trying to streamline this recipe. Second… We kept getting a burn warning message from the instant pot. We tried splitting the mixture into two and using a 2nd instant pot but it kept giving the burn warning.
So then we used the slow cook setting for 4 hours. After 4 hours the rice was still hard. So we added water and let it sit for another 4 hours. After that it mostly resembled mush but at least the rice was cooked. Please help explain where were went wrong. We followed this recipe to a T and would like feedback from people who have successfully made this recipe.
I used a 6-quart Instant Pot when I developed this recipe. This is the point when you add the flax seeds. We cannot say how much you should feed your dogs based on weight, age, or any other factor. We recommend speaking with your vet about the appropriate amount of food to feed your dog. We repeatedly tried to avoid the burn warning but it kept happening. We tried to cool down the Instant Pot First… then we tried to add more water… it got to the point where after 30 minutes of not being able to get past the burn warning… we just put it on the slow cook setting.
So in the end.. Do you think that it is going to be edible with that?
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We thought it was diluted enough that it should be ok. I hope there are no negative effects for my boy. There are things we would do differently… like cooking the veggies separately, cooking the rice in a pot and even searing the meat on the stove top… then combining it all for a short stint in the Instant pot. Here is my main concern.. I need to be able to cook this stuff twice a month and do it quickly. I cannot dedicate a massive amount of time to doing this. I havetried this twice and it scorched in the bottom of the pot. It never got to pressure.
I added more water this second time and still no luck. I moved it. Pot o the stove and will try to finish it that way. Yup… same problem I had. I am sorry to hear you had the same difficulty. I feel confident that if we all work together that we can figure out a way to work around this problem. Hang in there Luisa! Actually the myth that you cant give avocado to your dog has been disproved.
Avocado is actually very healthy for your dog. Because her breeder was feeding her a puppy chow I introduced the homemade food slowly, amd she had no trouble adapting to it. We also live in an area inundated with ticks and fleas, as well as being very hot and humid, but she has neither ticks or fleas, and we use no poisons to prevent them. Thank you for this helpful article and recipe! I have 2 questions — if I wanted to substitute sweet potato for the rice, how much would I use?
Also how do you know how much to give them — my dog is 35 pounds. I saw an earlier post that said use cups sweet potato diced. Add them to the partially browned meat along with a cup or 2 of water. It will make a smaller volume because sweet potatoes shrink up whereas rice expands. No where does it suggest to drain off the grease after browning the meat and liver. I will definitely drain off the grease in future batches. Any suggestions as to why not? Can you use quinoa instead of rice if so would you still do the 3 cups of both.
Also do you have to soak that in the apple cider vinegar. We recently rescued a beautiful loving red golden retriever with allergies. I thumped along making dog food until I found your recipe. All I can say is WOW. Red is allergic to rice so I substituted barley and it worked fine. I had to add more water because it did not want to come to pressure.
I also used two pounds of ground beef plus one pkg. Honestly the pressure cooker was chocked full. And Red thanks you too. I figured out how many frozen dog food cup cakes would last for Red and marked it on my calender. Today I made my second batch. I use it as a supplement to his dry food otherwise he will not eat the dry food alone. Red says thank you for the recipe. I never had any luck with this recipe in the Instant Pot at all. I tried twice and neither batches cooked right. The 2nd batch I threw out.
I resorted to using a small Nesco roaster for the meat, I use the microwave for the veggies and I cook the rice on the stove top in a pot. I would still like to find out if there is another method for using the instant pot to speed up the time.. So far… doing it this way is not sustainable for me. I have a friend who is a chef and he said I should brown the meat in the oven on a flat pan and then pulse the meat in a blender after its cooked to break it up.
Then I can still cook the veggies in the microwave and the rice on the stove top. He said doing it like this should save me at least an hour. Reporting back. I finished my first batch of dog food. I decided to brown the meat in my le cruset dutch oven instead of the PC. First I lightly browned the chicken hearts and then pulsed them in the food processor.
Anyway I had to use barley instead of rice allergies and I did add the vinegar. It would not come to pressure. So I added more water and that did the trick. I forgot to add the coconut oil but that is an easy fix as both dogs will lick it off my fingers. When it cooled I took an ice cream scoup and filled enough silicone cup cake pans for 24 days.
I am using the home brew as a chaser for his allergy free dry kibble. He will not eat it plain. Previously I was doing another PC method that I made up but believe me this is much easier. Yes it is an effort but well worth it to see a red golden retriever with a shinny healthy coat. Considering he was a rescue he has come a long way. The other golden retriever should know that red is getting such delux treatment! Do you travel with your dogs? We have a 70 pound hound, a large beagle and a small beagle. Additionally, neither of us have large cars so space for a large cooler would be difficult!
Any suggestions?? I am trying to find a balanced diet. This recipe sounds great, but will I need to add any supplements to this besides a calcium supplement? Also, can I use quinoa instead of rice? And Is this a low sodium diet as one of my pups has heart disease. Bonnie, can you share your recipe or email it to me? Thank you sooo much!! Kathy maxmilomilton at gee male. Great recipe!
How many sweet potatoes do you put in when you are not using rice? Many Thanks. I love this recipe for my dog.. He had an itch problem that I have been trying to cure for several years. I use 3 cups soaked brown rice with 3 lbs lean ground beef with flax, Coconut oil and a little over 4 cups water.
No browning.. I dump it in a huge Bowl.. Works perfect every time. When you set the IP on manual, do you select pressure high or low? Do you cook the meat before mixing with rice? Dear Lindsey, My 15 year old Dachshund, Sadie, would no longer eat dry food or canned food. One day, I scoured Pinterest for homemade dog food. I found your recipe that I could make in my pressure cooker. I started it on September 29th and Sadie took to it immediately. She absolutely loves it!
She gets so excited when I ask her if she wants breakfast or supper, she jumps up and down!! Thank you for your wonderful recipe!! This is probably a stupid question, but I found this page looking for Dog food recipes and something popped up to get a free recipe for sourdough cornbread in the instant pot. At the vet a women told me to try feeding her cornbread. Is there a way I can make it healthier for her? Do I make it from the mix or does that contain ingredients that will harm her? Do I leave the sugar out? My dog is currently down to 2.
So glad your recipe popped up on my search.
We have a Jack Russel that eats her food no problem so it is causing a feeding time problem when food is left in one bowl. New pup is also overweight so this will hopefully solve the problem of stinky breath, chubbiness and not wanting to eat, thanks! I apologize if someone already asked but what do you do about calcium? Do your dogs get raw bones? I have just purchased an instant pot Ultra series. When I checked the inner pot, the food burned on the bottom. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can avoid this? I have a similar issue. From what I have read when you saute meat and then go to manual to cook more, you have to deglaze the bottom of the pan.
Website is nutrivite. I had the same question but I think it makes sense to just add it at the end when you stir in the coconut oil. I am curious why the meat needs to be browned? Since it is ground it would cook at least as fast as the veggies. So I have to take the meat out and cook the veggies. Appreciate any thoughts! How do you know how much to feed you dog? I have the same question.
I calculated the calories and protein in the recipe and I use 3 cups of Sweet potato instead of rice and no liver and the vegetables she recommended 32 ounces. Hi, My dog Red is a sixty something golden retriever. Just enough to wet his whistle. The recipe makes enough for 3. I make it because he has tested for food allergies and all dog food except the above has something in it that bothers him.
How do we know? When he came to us he had cauliflower ear. The surface of the inside ear looks like the surface of the cauliflower. And he would lick his butt. All that is gone now. I have a huge vat of food that my pup is gong nuts over!! I also could not get it to cook properly either. I will definitely be experimenting to see if I can get it to work! I tried adding additional liquid too, to no avail…it heats up, counts down, but rice and veg are still not cooked I tried three different times.
Is your pressure cooker a ten cup? I always pour the water down the sides and make sure there is enough. My last batch the barley did not cook so I added some more water and let it rip for more time. Then it was okay. Temper it down with a glass juice glass and it makes a compact disk. I think I have finally got it to work! I kept having issues, so I have settled on this route with success:.
Cook as directed! I have the same pot, and keep getting the burn notice. Did you also pre-soak the rice, and then just add in 4 cups of water in addition? I have had issues with everything not fitting in my 6qt IP, I am going to try it in the 8qt, hoping that will make a difference. I am going to try it with sweet potato this time instead of rice. Got a brand new 8 quart ultra and this was my first recipe. Epic fail as it burned 3 times…. The rest cooked on the stove. I guess the newer pots are really sensitive to burn but they were indeed burnt.
Mixing the liquid didnt put enough between the meat and the pot and if you dont fully deglaze after saute, you are doomed. Gonna have to try a different approach. However, I have heard the newer ones ARE oober sensitive. I have a 7 in 1 8 qt, years old. It is extremely important that calcium is supplemented to a home cooked diet. A multivitamin and probiotic supplement is also highly recommended.
Folks should always consult with a vet before jumping in and converting to a home-cooked diet. I have been cooking for my 12 yr old 20lb terrier mix for 4 years now variations of your recipe. She has been doing fabulous. Previously I fed various grain free kibble which kept him fat and itchy.
I thought homemade dog food was too much for me until I found this recipe. I started out following the recipe exactly but gradually tweaked it. My Dobie is now a much slimmer, healthy dog with no itch problem! I set my IP for 34 min. I leave cooked mixture in my IP to cool down.
Then dump into large bowl and mix in cooked veggies and raw fruits. I let all 3 pots cool overnight and next morning they are just right to handle. I dump all in a HUGE bowl, add cooked veggies and fruit. I would much appreciate any help or suggestions from others — especially those with larger breed dogs! I have thought and thought about this myself. I feed my 68 pound, not very active lab Sheppard mix. He did need to lose weight, which he had but now seems to be maintaining nicely.
He seems happy, content and satisfied. He just saw the vet and she seems to be happy with his current weight. Thank you, Kimberly! My Dobie also needed to lose weight which was impossible on kibble. I think he is just about right weight at the present. I may need to increase the amount a little for maintenance. And he will love that! Not much left for my compost pile! He has pancreatitis so his fat intake and meal portion needs to be on the smaller side. With all that said he seems satisfied. He is a bit of a piggy and would eat all day if I let him.
I, too, experience that, so I no longer brown the meat. I also add in Tumeric which helps with joint stiffness and pain. My dogs love the blueberries! Then I pack it into 3-day portions and freeze individually. Love this recipe! Makes enough food for 10 days for my 80lb Chessie and 18lb mini poodle. Hi, I am still having trouble with getting the burn food notifications with this recipe… first time it worked like a charm… for that past 4 weeks I get the burn food indicator and have to start all over!
I am not giving up on this recipe, both my dogs were getting so sick on kibble! But need to figure out where What I am going wrong… should I use 6 cups of total water?? Layer differently?? Sorry I must be a slow learner! I also use sweet potato instead of rice. I add the flax, coconut oil and blueberries after it is done. It comes out perfectly now. This is a great recipe and our dog likes it very much. Thank you so much. I feel so much better feeding him this than the worthless and expensive kibble. Hi I had put this into a nutrition calculator Myfitnesspal and using 6 cups of chopped sweet potato instead of rice, I came out with calories a cup with 22 grams of protein a cup when I made the recipe it made 14 cups.
This was without the organ meat. They say your dog needs about calories per pound of body weight. Here is what went into that calculation for 14 cups the broccoli normandy is a frozen mix from BJs Kirkland brand of broccoli, cauliflower, squash and carrots I think! I have tried twice.
I figured the first time I browned the meat too much. So frustrating. And help is appreciated. I tried the full recipe several times and it never gives came to pressure but would start the countdown. I realized after much frustration it was because the pot was just too full. I also n longer bother browning the meat as it cooks just fine without doing that extra step.