The Canine Classroom – BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) Diet for your Dog – Part 1

In this video we are discussing and introducing you to the idea of feeding your dog a BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) Diet.

Food plays a major role in our lives with regard to health and wellness, yet many people don’t realise just how important this is for our dogs (and cats).

It’s indoctrinated into us by slick marketing as well as Breeders & Vets alike that refined and processed dry dog food is a complete and balanced meal for our dogs when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

Most commercial dry dog foods, even the so called ‘premium’ brands, are nothing more than the equivalent of ‘junk food’ to our dogs. They are manufactured (for the most part) with poor quality ingredients that are generally the discarded or left over components of human grade food manufacturing and abattoir left overs.

Pictures of chicken legs along with images of corn and peas (since when are these kinds of grains and legumes biologically appropriate for a dog) give them impression of a healthy and balanced meal. But the reality is that it is generally these foods ‘by products’ that actually end up in your dogs food.

When you look at the listed ingredients on these foods you will often notice the words ‘meat by products’ and ‘cereal by products’.

If they don’t list what it is then it is any bodies guess as to what it actually is??

Whilst I am not a Veterinarian, I have been working in this industry for over 15 years and have done a lot of research into appropriate dietary and nutritional requirements for dogs, so please take this information on board and do some more investigating of your own to ensure you are feeding your dog the diet they deserve.

Having said that, I deal with a lot of dog owners whose dogs have considerable behaviour problems, a lot of which stem from a poor diet that, once they change to a BARF based diet, along with some Behavioural Modification plans, makes a huge difference. I’ve also rectified one of my own dogs IBD by switching for poor quality kibble diet to a 100% BARF based diet.

There is a 2nd part to this video so please watch them both together.

I hope you find the videos informative and if you have any questions about the information contained here in or would like some additional advice about this, please feel free to contact us to discuss.

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8 replies
  1. nealpek
    nealpek says:

    The first 4 ingredients on the bag are oats, barley and oats. In traditional dog food these are used for fiber, but primarily as "filler". Because you are feeding fresh veggies and fruit, looks like a 1 to 1 mix with the grain bag, they are getting all the fiber and enzymes required. The rest of the bag's ingredients are fine, but in essence you are basically feeding a good dog food without the "meat protein". The whole point of BARF is to get away from the "grainy filler carbs". As the oats and barley, the grains, take much longer to digest than the fresh meat, you are creating "digestion confusion". Point is with all the fresh veg and fruit, they are getting everything they need. Variety of meats, organs, small amount of veg and fruit is fine(no more than 1/5 to 1/6 of their meal is necessary). 2-3 times a week throw in a raw egg, and a tin of sardines, and you have basically covered everything on the "meatless" bag of dog food.
    Just my opinion…

  2. Rohan David
    Rohan David says:

    Can I substitute ground beef with mutton… Unfortunately, in my stupid country, possession of beef is illegal. And if I can use mutton as a substitute, which parts are of the goats body are recommended ? PS: I have a 1 year old Lab retriever

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