5 Reasons to Consider Switching to Homemade Dog Food

As a dog guardian, we all want the best for our canine buddies. While the idea of switching to homemade dog food can be intimidating, it’s important to remember that feeding your dog a balanced, nutritious diet is crucial for their health and well-being.

Here are five reasons why you should consider making the switch to homemade dog food:

  1. Better quality ingredients: Homemade dog food allows you to control the quality and source of the ingredients you use. This means you can avoid additives, preservatives, and other potentially harmful substances commonly found in commercial dog food.
  2. Customizable meals: Homemade dog food allows you to tailor your dog’s meals to their specific needs, such as incorporating more protein, vitamins, or minerals. This can help address any dietary deficiencies or health issues that are unique to your dog.
  3. Improved digestion: Homemade dog food can be easier for your dog to digest, as it doesn’t contain as many fillers or artificial ingredients that can upset their stomach.
  4. Enhanced energy and vitality: Feeding your dog a nutritious homemade diet can improve their overall energy and vitality, leading to a happier and more active pet.
  5. A closer bond: Preparing homemade dog food for your pet is a great way to bond with them and show your love and care. It’s a chance to spend quality time with your canine friend and make them feel special.

Switching to homemade dog food may seem daunting, but with the right guidance and support, it can be a safe and rewarding experience. Consider consulting with a veterinarian or canine nutritionist, and start small by incorporating fresh ingredients into your dog’s diet. Your dog will thank you for it with a longer, healthier, and happier life.

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Instant Pot Dog Food Idea #2: Brown Rice for Dogs

Watch how to make perfectly cooked brown rice for your furry friend using an Instant Pot! Brown rice is an excellent source of nutrition for dogs, as it is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that can help keep your pup healthy and happy.

After making hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot for Ruger our Bullmastiff, I make brown rice for her using the leftover water that was used to cook the eggs. This is the easiest method to make brown rice without burning it on the stove or creating a mess with all the sputtering when using a rice cooker.



  • Brown Rice
  • Homemade Broth or Unsalted Broth (any flavor)
  • Water
  • Herbs (optional)


  1. Add 1-1/2 cups of your dog’s favorite broth to the leftover water.
    • If you don’t make hard-boiled eggs before making this recipe, then add 1 cup of water to the broth (for a total of 2-1/2 cups of liquid).
  2. Add 2 cups of uncooked brown rice.
  3. Add your dog’s favorite herbs.
    • We like adding turmeric, basil, ginger, and parsley.
  4. Stir well to combine all ingredients.
  5. Set Instant Pot to the Manual setting for 22 minutes.
  6. When done, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the Instant Pot lid and fluff the rice.
  8. Serve as an additional flavoring to your dog’s meals.
    • NOTE: Rice is not a replacement for a dog’s main meal. I like to think of it as a garnish to my dog’s meals.
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Healthy K9 Dog Food Grocery Haul

Picked up groceries for Ruger our Bullmastiff to make her healthy K9 dog food:

Healthy K9 Dog Food Grocery List

  • Beef Heart
  • Chicken Liver
  • Black Beans *No Salt Added*
  • Pinto Beans *No Salt Added*
  • Green Beans
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Red Cabbage
  • Mussels
  • Pork Loin
  • Silverside *Unbrined*

Looking for a slow feeder dog bowl for large breed dogs? We use a purple slow feeder that we bought on Amazon, and although it is not featured in this video, it is larger than the pink and turquoise slow feeder bowls that you will also see in some of our videos.