4 Guides on Homemade Dog Food Recipes for Your Dog
Step 10 of 14 in the Dogly Home Cooking Channel
with Cory & Jane of Dogly

Have you been wanting to start making homemade dog food for your dog but not sure where to begin and how? You've come to the right place! When it comes to the healthiest food for dogs, homemade dog food recipes from canine nutritionists are a great starting point.

Our Dogly Nutrition Advocates, all certified canine nutritionists, are here to guide you with their favorite, balanced recipes and how to make them easily for your dog's specific nutritional needs.

In these 4 guides in the Home Cooking Channel here on Dogly, you'll learn:

You can jump into any of these guides from the links above.


Or take a quick look first at an overview of what you'll find in these 4 guides to making your own dog food with recipes from canine nutritionists...

Homemade Dog Food Recipes Guide 1: A Favorite Ground Turkey Recipe from a Canine Nutritionist for a 35lb Dog

Now that you know from previous guides how to figure out your dog's metabolic weight for the right balance in your dog's diet, you're ready to prepare nutritious homemade dog food recipes dogs love. (If you haven't seen the guide with translating your dog's weight into metabolic weight for his/her nutritional profile or need a refresher, you can find it here.)

In this step-by-step guide, certified canine nutritionist and Dogly Nutrition Advocate Alicia Boemi shares a favorite homemade dog food recipe - her ground turkey, cod, veggie recipe, specially formulated to fit the needs of an active, 35lb adult dog in this example.

In addition to this homemade dog food recipe, Alicia shares what you need to know about how to prepare a homemade dog food recipe easily and to maximize the nutrients for your dog in the process.

What you'll learn in this guide on homemade dog food recipes:

  • To cook or not to cook to maximize nutrients in ingredients when making dog food
  • Why nutrients in vegetables (from sweet potato to green beans to kale) are more accessible to your dog when steamed/cooked or, second choice, run through your blender or food processor
  • Why to mash up lightly or pop your fruit ingredients in the blender
  • Why you'll want to overcook grains like brown rice
  • Why it's easier and better to prepare your go-to dog food recipes in batches and how to do it
  • How to include any additional supplements as you prep homemade dog food in the simplest, most effective way

Plus 3 pro tips from a long-time nutritionist's experience to make your life easier, your homemade dog food experience better:

1) All food measurements are listed as cooked or dry weights. You don't want to switch the two.

That's because dry weight of a food is different from cooked. (You'll learn why in this series of guides.)

2) The first time you purchase recipe ingredients, it's a good idea to buy 25% more than you think you need.

Why? Just in case you run short. You don't want to have to interrupt your cooking process to run to the store for ingredients. You can always freeze any leftovers!

3) Use a mortar and pestle or a clean coffee grinder to crush tablets, empty capsules, and grind batch supplements together.

It's so much easier and makes for more even, safe distribution for batch (not daily) prep.

You'll also get helpful notes on ingredient and supplies as well as a complete nutritional analysis for this homemade dog food recipe from Alicia. You can get started with this guide here.

Or see what's next with a lower calorie, fresh dog food recipe...


Homemade Dog Food Recipes Guide 2: How to Make a Lower Calorie Recipe for a 65lb Dog

Like all dogs, your dog is an individual and may do better on a lower calorie homemade food diet for a number of reasons. That's part of the beauty of homemade dog food - you can control how your dog gets quality, needed nutrients at the best calorie level for her or him.

In this guide, certified canine nutritionist and Dogly Nutrition Advocate Savannah Welna shares a nutritionally balanced, lower calorie dog food recipe she created using a 65lb adult dog formulation as an example. Included with the dog food recipe are details on how it delivers on nutrient, calorie, and balance goals as well as useful pro tips for making this recipe - and others when you make homemade dog food.

What you'll learn in this guide on homemade dog food recipes:

1) How to serve eggs to your dog

It's totally good, safe, and easier to serve your dog's eggs raw.

2) How to cook your plant ingredients for digestibility

Savannah details how to cook sweet potatoes as an example (even when you're serving raw dog food otherwise).

3) How to add supplements to your dog recipes

You'll learn how to turn your supplements into a powdery mix for even distribution.

4) How to carefully and slowly mix your powdery mix from #3 into just your sweet potato

Savannah explains why it helps to mix your supplements in this way.

5) How to combine ingredients marked blue in this dog food recipe

You'll want to mix well. Some items like the beef liver will need to be finely chopped or thrown in a food processor or blender.

6) Why and how to portion your prepared dog food recipe into 14 days' worth of food

Savannah explains how it's easier and saves time - and shares how to do it.

7) Why and how to feed ingredients marked green in this recipe

Savannah underscores the importance of feeding these "green" ingredients as fresh food and feeding them in daily amounts.

You can check out this guide and recipe here now. Or continue on to see 4 more dog food recipes from Savannah.


Dog Food Recipes Guide 3: How to Make 4 of the Best, Nutritionally Balanced, Dog Food Recipes

To give you more experience and more options in making homemade dog food, canine nutritionist and Dogly Nutrition Advocate Savannah Welna brings you 4 of her best, nutritionally balanced dog food recipes in this guide. You'll find a dog food recipe created for each of four different weights: 6 kg/13.2 lbs, 21 kg/46 lbs, 40 kg/88 lbs, and 58 kg/128 lbs.

The recipes use both raw food and cooked foods to create your dog's homemade meals. In addition to the recipes, how to make them, and a breakdown of their nutritional analysis Savannah also shares important knowledge and pro tips about how to make homemade dog food with real foods.

What you'll learn in this guide on homemade dog food recipes:

  • Why giving your dog real, homemade dog food matters
  • How you're making your dog healthier by making homemade dog food
  • What happens when you're preparing clean, fresh dog food instead of feeding commercial dry dog food
  • How to think like a canine nutritionist as your prepare your dog's food

Plus a couple pro tips to maximize the nutrition in your homemade diet:

1) Know your good sources.

Savannah shares how to pick your high-quality proteins and antioxidant vegetables and fruits.

2) Prep for bioavailability - so your dog's body can access all the goodness.

Dogs' digestive systems can process most foods either raw or cooked. The big exception is fruits and vegetables. You'll learn why they need to be prepped either by light cooking/steaming or lightly pureed in the blender/food processor. Of course, grain ingredients should also and always be cooked to be digestible.

You can start enjoying making these dog food recipes here. Or continue on to see a recipe that's super healthful for any size, any age dog - bone broth.


Dog Food Recipes Guide 4: How to Make Bone Broth for Your Dog - an Easy, Collagen-Rich Recipe from a Canine Nutritionist

If, like many dog parents, you've heard about the almost magical healing and preventive powers of bone broth, thought about making your own, but felt rather daunted by the prospect, this simple recipe is for you. (And your dog!)

Certified canine nutritionist and Dogly Nutrition Advocate Alicia Boemi takes you step by step through how to make homemade bone broth for your dog with this easy recipe. Alicia also shares the nutritional facts about what makes bone broth so useful in keeping your dog healthy and why.

What you'll learn in this guide on recipes:

  • What makes bone broth so good for dogs
  • Why collagen is the key to bone broth
  • What it means to get your bone broth to "gel," why it matters, and the KEY to how to do it
  • How collagen and the amino acids in your bone broth go to work in your dog's body to support the immune system, joint health, overall wellness
  • What are the best bones for bone broth
  • What role organic apple cider vinegar plays in making the recipe work and in your dog's wellness

Plus a few pro tips to maximize enjoying your homemade bone broth:

1) Store extra bone broth in right-sized portions to make life easy

You'll learn how - in both the refrigerator and freezer.

2) How and why to warm your bone broth to serve to your dog

You'll learn why dogs love it warmed and which health conditions particularly benefit.

3) How to add your favorite, nutritious extras to your bone broth

Includes super supportive additions like turmeric along with vegetables, fresh herbs, greens - plus a word about what you do NOT want to add.

If you're ready to start making your own bone broth, you can jump into the guide and recipe here. Happy cooking and enjoy watching your dog love every healthful bit of it!

Check out the Home Cooking Channel on Dogly

Once you've mastered these homemade dog food recipes, check out the many other step-by-step guides if you haven't already in the Home Cooking Channel like Homecooking Basics: Understanding Ingredients & Nutrients in Your Dog's Food or Homecooking Basics: Understanding Vitamins & Minerals in Your Dog's Diet.

If you want to keep learning about how and why to cook for your dog, you can continue in the Home Cooking Channel or jump to the Basic Nutrition Channel or any of the other channels in Nutrition to learn all things nutrition for your dog's best health.

And if you need help, you can ask the Dogly Advocates in any channel or work with them one-on-one through Dogly.

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Cory & Jane of Dogly

Dogly started with our own dogs and quickly became about yours. We want our dogs to live long and we want them to live well, to go where we go and do more together with us. That’s why we created Dogly. To help you live well with your dog.