In my 20 plus years as a Dog Chef, the #1 reason why people tell me they can't take the time to prepare natural food for their dog, is because "they are too busy."
If we had that same attitude about putting the right fuel in our car - "well, honey, you be goin' no where."
I created the idea of "road food" because it doesn't sound like we would be slaving over our kitchen stove. We, Americans, like the concept of being out on the open road, even if we primarily live in a 10 mile radius.
Here are two Road Food suggestions:
Raw Meat Bones - preferably large ones like knuckle bones,
beef marrow bones. Never cook bones, you kill the enzymes AND you weaken the bone making it easier to splinter when chewed. ALSO, when giving your dog a bone for the first week, take it away after 10 minutes. You want them to chew the bone, not inhale it. After a week, your dog will figure out that this is going to be a daily ritual and he won't be greedy.
Why Bones? They are what your dog's ancestors ate daily. They clean a dog's teeth and relieve stress. In many breeds of dogs, the ritual of "burying (or hiding) a bone" is as important as going in circles several times before laying down in their bed.
Sardines in Water - sardines give your dog the necessary Omega 3's that are needed for joint health, organ health, healthy fur and skin. Sardines are loaded with sulfur and a whole list of minerals that you would have to pay a lot of money for in the form of supplements. This way, it comes packed in a small fish. Thank you Mother Nature for that convenience!
The fat in a sardine is rich, but it is a good AND necessary fat. Always count a sardine as daily calories. I recommend a 1/4 fish
a day for small to medium sized dogs and 1 fish a day for a large dog. That equals out to about a can a week, give or take a fish.
The unfortunate thing, here in the United States, is the very last company that canned sardines just went out of business. So the slack will come from Canada, which means the price will go up. But a sardine is worth every cent compared to the junk that is put into dog treats. Your cats will love them too! And sardines come in a handy tin can - perfect for the road!
Reminder: I never recommend that you combine real
food with commercial pet food. I know people do this all of the time, but commercial food demands a lot of digestive juices and putting the two together is the cause of a lot of intestinal problems. Always separate the two
by at least 3 hours.