Whole Prey Troubleshooting
Updated: May 15
Whole prey is such a great addition to a raw food diet.
But when it comes the time to feed, your dog might turn its nose up to it.
Pickiness surrounding whole prey can be addressed with these tips. Remember...every dog is different. What works for one dog may or may not work for you, and that's perfectly okay!
Here are some tricks to help your dog to get over its whole prey strike.
Before Feeding Prep:
Make sure that the whole prey is high-quality and fresh. If the whole prey is rancid, don't expect your dog to eat it.
Make sure they are going to be hungry. Introducing a new food shouldn't be done after a long training session with lots of treats. You want your dog hungry and ready to eat what I put in front of them.
The most common reason a dog will refuse whole prey is its new and unusual texture of the fur/feathers. They're not used to eating the pelt of an animal, so it makes sense they'd be a little hesitant.
Sharp scissors or knife
A dog who refuses whole prey (for now)
#1 Expose More Meat
The first approach is to expose more of the muscle meat by pulling the pelt back. Make a small incision, usually by the chest at a pullback, to expose the meat. After exposing the mean, tear off a bit of the muscle meat and feed it to show this foreign meal is somewhat familiar. Since your dogs are used to eating muscle meat, they usually have no objections to this part.