Here are two ideas that may seem to contrast, but actually go quite well together…
Idea 1: Go slow.
It is important to introduce new foods slowly, one at a time, and build your dog’s body up so s/he is used to new foods, and change. If your dog is used to eating the same thing day in and day out, and then you dump a bowl full of new food in front of him or her, s/he will probably get tummy troubles. Unfortunately, I think this is often the cause for well-meaning parents to give up and say, “My dog gets sick on people food.”
Idea 2: Mix it up.
Generally, meals may consist of something like ground turkey, an egg (with ground shell) steamed kale, and pumpkin. Or beef, brown rice, butternut squash… there are basics I use most days. But I also add variety. Today my dog also had a little chicken, steak, peas, blueberries and olive oil. Today, I bought some beef liver for her in the freezer section of the grocery store. Soon I will cook that and parcel it out to her in her meals. Also while at the store I got more ground turkey, a can of red kidney beans, Greek yogurt, frozen zucchini and a couple more goodies for her. Basically all the food she needs is found in my local grocery store.
See below for my dog’s snack this afternoon. This was not a full meal – just an afternoon snack.
Bonus idea: Use common sense and lose your fear! One of the most common questions I get from dog parents is, “Is a homemade diet balanced?” It CAN be! It takes a little practice but in time, it really becomes second nature. Look at this way: Is every meal you eat 100% balanced? Probably not. But over time, you can create balance. And using a high quality pet supplement helps fill in the blanks – easy as that!