So you want to know a little more about how to raw feed - great! Please take your time to read through the whole of this thread, there is alot of information in each section.
May I also suggest you download the book in this link and read it all - http://www.achinook.com/dogs/2009/6/18/ol-sheps-well-being-a-natural-perspective.html
It comes in 2 parts - part 1 http://www.achinook.com/storage/ndcbook/NewOSB2upPart1of2.pdf
and part 2 http://achinook.squarespace.com/storage/ndcbook/NewOSB2upPart2of2.pdf
and also have a good read of the following link: http://rawfed.com/myths/feedraw.html
Much of the following info is based on a 'prey model' style of feeding, but please note that there are different versions of raw feeding around which may differ to the info given here.
How much to feed:
dogs are feed at a rate of 2.0 - 3.0% of its total body weight
. The percentage is lowered or raised according to the dog. In many ways it is best to look at your dog and gauge what suits - if s/he puts on weight, cut back, loses, increase - it's as simple as that really!
Ruby is fed 3.0% although some days I take it up to 3.5% if she has had a lot of walks or done an agility class. Ruby has a fast metabolism and she burns up energy very quickly. Roddy is a much slower paced boxer who is prone to putting on weight. I had him on 3.0% but have recently cut it back to 2.8% as he was putting on weight.
To give you an idea of how much to feed your dog, there is an easy to use calculator here: http://www.raw4dogs.com/calculate.htm
So, Ruby's weight is 28kg x 3% which gives her a daily amount of around 840g of food. Roddy's weight is the same - 28kg but x 2.8% gives Roddy a daily amount of around 784g.
I feed both my dogs a diet comprising of roughly 80% muscle meat 10% bone and 10% liver and offal/organs Muscle meat
Any type of meat - chicken, turkey, goat, lamb, beef, goose, bison, pork, kangaroo, elk, partridge, duck, pheasant, rabbit etc. Also classified as muscle meat are the hearts of an animal, lung, tongue, tripe which is the stomach of an animal, eg, raw green tripe of beef & the gizzards of a chicken. Bone
Bone is edible bone - many raw feeders use chicken bones and frames [carcasses] for their main bone source, but most poultry bones, rabbit, pork & lamb necks & ribs are quite edible for dogs the size of boxers.
Bones do not include weight bearing
bones of large animals, eg, the leg/shin bones/knuckle ends of cows/bison/deer/kangas/goats or any large animal. These bones are also sometimes called soup bones or marrow bones or simple recreational bones. For more info on these, see thread here: http://www.boxerdogforums.com/index.php?topic=3595.0
These bones do not count and should not be offered as edible bone.Organs
Organs are 10% of the diet split into 2 percentages - 5% of the diet must be from liver, the other 5% from organs. Organs are kidneys, thymus, brains, lung [sits in both camps - some argue it is muscle meat, some say organ], pancreas, spleen.Vegetables
Are not part of a prey model diet. Other raw diets such as "barf" do add them. Very interesting link here - http://www.boxerdogforums.com/index.php?topic=3571.0Fruits
Fruits – yes, there is evidence from their scats [poops] that wolves do eat some fruit, mostly berries. Whether they do this because they are hungry and there is little else around to eat [they are mostly observed doing this in ‘hard times’], or whether they need them nutrionally is a rather debatable point. Suffice to say that most 'prey model' feeders do not give their dogs fruit either.