How To Make Homemade Kibble Dog Food

Homemade Dog Food

In the spirit of trying to provide our dogs with food these days that is healthy and without fillers and additives, try this meatless recipe for dog food. Making our own dog food seems to be one way to ensure what our dogs are ingesting and knowing that they are not being subjected to poor quality dog foodsor harmful chemicals. The added food dyes alone are staggering and you have to wonder why they are putting them in.

My son, Jonathan has made this recipe many times for his lab breeds and forwarded it on to me although I am unsure of the source for it. Vote on whether it was a hit with your dog or not.

Photo: Audrey Kirchner
Photo: Audrey Kirchner

Kibble Recipe - Makes 20 cups

INGREDIENTS

Make in small quantities to keep fresh

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup soy flour (found at Walmart or some grocery stores in health food section)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup nonfat dry powdered milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup brewers yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons corn oil or other oil
  • 3 cups water


DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine the egg and the oil.
  3. Stir water into the dry ingredients.
  4. Then stir in egg mixture and mix all of this well. This will be a thin batter.
  5. Divide the batter between lipped baking sheets spreading evenly about 1/2-inch thick to about pizza thickness.
  6. Bake 45 minutes.
  7. Cool the kibble.
  8. Break into small pieces.
  9. Store in covered container in refrigerator or divide into individual servings. You can place in freezer bags and freeze.

What A Dog Needs

According to the articles I have read on dog foods, a good quality dog food should contain the following for dogs at different stages:

PUPPY

  • 28% protein
  • 17% fat

ADULT DOG

  • 18% protein
  • 9-15% fat

PERFORMANCE DOG

  • 25% protein
  • 20% fat

RACING/SLEDDING DOG

  • 35% protein
  • 50% fat

LACTATING/NURSING DOG

  • 28% protein
  • 17% fat.

However, remember that as in so many things in life, quantity is not as important as quality. The source of the protein is extremely important. They claim that 32% of poor quality protein found in dog foods could end up giving your dog too little protein, which seems a contradiction but that means that pet food companies can get away with adding low-quality protein products such as meat and bone meal by-products and corn gluten meal.  This will increase the percentage of protein (crude) that shows up on the label without making a decent food. Low quality proteins are hard to digest and therefore go right through the dog without being absorbed properly.  You may be paying for a dog food that your dog cannot metabolize

I have a large breed puppy - a malamute - and frankly have found Eukaneuba, Purina, Iams and the like lacking in the diet my puppy needs to build a strong body while claiming that they are perfect for large breed dogs. I had my now 7 or 8 year old malamute on Eukaneuba and found that she was not doing well on it at all. My malamute with Addison's disease could not tolerate these so-called high quality dog foods and we ended up switching him to a diet of venison and potato and adding in such things as brown rice, beef or chicken homemade foods and broths.

Making your own dog food is not for everyone and it is not the ONLY way to feed any dog at any stage in life. However, do your homework and if you do feed your dog a commercial dog food, make sure that it is a high quality dog food and that you are not throwing your money (and your dog's health) away on the wrong diet.

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Rat-Terrier123 4 years ago from Tenneesee US.

very nice hub, i'd say a good commercial dog food is Natural Life lamb flavor no by-prouducts, real lamb is the first ingrediant! i used to cook food for my dog, but now i have two dogs, and one i babysit, so i just bye natural life lamb food :) good recipe, but i would rather it have more meat in it.


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Dee - Thanks for being kinder in your comment. Actually I have looked at it from both sides and I actually have 2 dogs who do wonderfully well on corn but 1 dog who is horridly allergic, so I decided to "bag" the corn myself just in case. I do agree that most dogs cannot tolerate corn so have readjusted my thinking EVEN THOUGH we have a wonderfully all natural food made here in Central Oregon (Orion) who is getting rave reviews - and it is corn based. Go figure!


Dee 4 years ago

While I disagree with Sean on his abrasive tone he is right on his comments on the excessive grain content of your dog food. Everything you list before your kibble recipe on the BARF diet says that grains are not a part of a natural dog diet and corn is especially indigestible. You respond that corn once cooked is good for dogs, but look at Ol Roy the cheap low quality dog food comprised of cooked corn, and it is still not good for dogs. One of the key tenants of BARF is meat, yet your recipie contains none. I think you need to reconsider your research on dog diet and your recipie.


Woof 5 years ago

I believe that cookeed in low amounts cornmeal is a perfectly fine starch/grain

Our dogs are currently on a low meat diet (1 day/ 2 months of cooked grassfed beef) 1 day/1month free-range chicken not to mention i allow lots of fish dairy products and eggs. Once a month beef liver and tripe


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

It's worth the effort. Mine love it as well~ And our dogs aren't really 'spoiled' - just well cared for~


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Sharon McConnell 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Made this for my dog yesterday. I used olive oil and garbanzo bean flour in place of the soy flour (I already had it). My dog loves it! Normally she lets her kibble sit in her bowl and snacks on it throughout the day. If I happen to put a dog biscuit in her bowl she will go and get it and take it to the carpet to eat it (because it is extra yummy). She does that with every single piece of this kibble! Grabs a piece, takes it to the carpet, eats it, goes back for another piece. She also gets my Homemade Dog Food 2 (on my HubPage) for dinner. She is so spoiled!! Thanks again for sharing!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

I hear you, Sharon - it is such a confusing thing about dog foods and what is in them! I had to eventually switch to a fish kibble diet for Griff as he has horrible allergies to almost every dog food out there but still supplement with some fresh and that seems to be working well for him. I consider it worth the time and effort to take good care of our 'best friends'. Thanks for stopping by.


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Sharon McConnell 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

I have been making homemade food for my dog for a year and a half and supplementing with a little bit of high quality kibble. The more I read, the more I find out that even the high quality kibble isn't great. I am going to make this recipe and use it as a supplement to the two different stews that I already make for my dog. Thanks for sharing!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Well, Sean - Thanks so much for the comment but actually if the corn is COOKED, it can be quite good for dogs. It all depends what their individual system requires and will do well on.


sean 5 years ago

All of you are a bunch of idiots.. cornmeal ? seriously? Isn't that one of many ingredients that you are supposed to avoid. You would be better off buying pedigree dog food than making this crap.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks Sherrdelsol - I think much better than out of a can although even some of my homemade ones, my Griffin can't eat. He must be allergic but most dogs just "wolf" the homemade stuff down with no problems!


sherrdelsol 5 years ago

I have been making home made dog food and treats for about 6 years now never thought about tring to make dry dog food. I am going to try your recipes:) Thanks for putting them online. I love cooking for my dogs I think it's better for them would you eat that dog food that come in a can? lol I know I would not. Thanks again for the new recipes.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by Muktu and glad you enjoyed it.


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Muktu 6 years ago

Thanks for all this awesome info! I really enjoyed this hub.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

You bet! Thanks for stopping by and the read.


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maolaun 6 years ago from Boston, MA

AKirchner, thank you for the birthday wishes and reply!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Maolaun - Thanks so much for your insight - I have thought about the raw diet and my daughter actually swears by it. I've heard so many veins of thought though and for my young malamute, he's got such a sensitive stomach (especially after eating 11 sauerkraut and pumpkin muffins!!!) that I don't like to change up his food because he doesn't seem to do well at all with many things.

Happy birthday to your corgi! It is good to spoil them as we have them for such a short time. I love my dogs and I guess we spoil ours as well but they give so much in return it's hard not to!


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maolaun 6 years ago from Boston, MA

Love the article, have you tried feeding a raw homemade diet? I've found that its actually easier than cooking something up and it retains more nutrients. Though, I'd have so much more free time if I didn't treat my pups like kings. :) Its actually my corgi's 7th birthday today so I'm brainstorming making something extra special. FUN!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by websclubs and I totally agree!


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websclubs 6 years ago

Hi Akirchner,

Making your own safe dog food... for large,small to medium breeds and puppy's etc. give your pet what they need to build healthy strong body. your pets quantity of life is important to you and your pet. dogs at different stages of growth and life need the right amount of daily protein and fat in their diet. Homemade Dog Food Recipes watch video on youtube.com ... Making our own dog food is a good idea. Nice hub Thanks.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thank you, taty96~!


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taty96 6 years ago from Ecuador

Great article.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

POP, I agree - too much of anything is a bad deal but usually between advice from vet and breeder perhaps, you can figure it out. Ours are only on fish oil supplement for their coat and that seems to work well.


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plentyofpuppies 6 years ago

Yeah I don't like to overdo the vitamins. My mom has a Bernese mountain dog and she has a joint supplement that has really helped with joint pain.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks POP for commenting - and yes, I agree - as long as it is well balanced and they tolerate it. I also think supplements are a good idea, too.


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plentyofpuppies 6 years ago

I think homemade dog food is a great idea, dogs have to eat the same thing, over and over, it is nice to give them a home made meal the odd time to help give them something different

I also like to give my dogs vitamins just to make sure they get enough nutrition


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

It is kinda fun - I also used to make liver cookies for the dogs - but Bob ate them - that's on one of my hubs somewhere! I had to finally get a cookie cutter so he'd know which ones were NOT for him (although wouldn't you think that the SMELL would give it away?) - Thanks for stopping by, Katie!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Ewww this is a great idea, we made homemade cat treats once and the girls loved doing so, I'll def give how to make your own kibble dog food a go. Thanks :)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Enelle!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

I hope you don't mind, but I have posted a link to your hub on my Dog Tails blog on blogspot.com. I thought my readers would benefit very much from your recipes! (It was too good not to share...)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks a lot for commenting KoffeeKlatch!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

I'm definitely going to try this kibble recipe for my dogs. Very informative and interesting hub. Thanks


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks so much for stopping by FashionFame!


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FashionFame 6 years ago from California

Nice recipes!! I will surely try it. Would like to join your fan club for more of your writings and would like to invite you too.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hope so - just introduce it slowly - meaning mix it perhaps half and half with her current food as it is always better to introduce anything new slowly. Thanks so much for commenting.


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rose56 6 years ago

I have a muggins she is 4 moths old , i wonder if she would like this?


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks jamesbrownbete for commenting!


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jamesbrownbete 6 years ago from Philippines

Wow! Nice recipe akirchner. I would like to try this for my dogs also.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by!


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BritFun 6 years ago from Oxford

I'd love to try this - I'm sure our dog would appreciate some home cooking!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Yeah - you might be cooking forever - me, too although we have to keep ours slimmer rather than fatter and Griffin is like a psychopath over food! We had to buy a bloat bowl to slow him down...thanks for reading!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great informative hub! I've never tried homemade kibble - not sure if I have pans large enough. LOL!!

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