Originally Posted by kari_dawn
I still can't get Bacardi to chew on whole big pieces of raw chicken...he is very dainty (as I am sure you can tell from his pictures what a princess). He doesn't like mud, and will walk WELL around it to avoid getting it on his toes...same thing for water. He does not like to get dirty...how I ended up with such a priss for a dog I will never know...I tried to take him camping once, and he sat on the air mattress and glared at me the whole trip (kinda like his expression in the first picture...I woke him up to take it lol).
He doesn't even like big toys...his favorite things to play with are pen caps, chapstick, and cotton swabs...
He just does not like the sliminess of chicken...he will eat it frozen, but then he can only knaw on it a bit, and never gets down to the bone...and whole chicken bones are very tough for him...he can't seem to break them up enough to really eat them...I have gone to chopping a chicken leg up pretty fine so he can eat the bone pieces...he is four pounds, and his mouth is pretty small...he can't pick up a tennis ball...any suggestions? I kinda think chopping up the food kinda defeats the purpose a little...
I understand prissy boys that don't want to get dirty. My red one in the video,Chewbacca, is a Dachshund/Rat terrier mix & he's about 4lbs like your Bacardi. He walks all tip-toe-y outside when it's wet or dirty. I have shoes for him & the Chihuahua,Lando, when we go for walks because otherwise I have to listen to Chewy's miserable noisey complaints.
I take them four wheeling with me & Chewy is fine as long as he has his shoes on & isn't asked to walk on anything dirty,haha. He would rather just stay in the tent or Jeep.
As for the toys,Lando likes to fetch balls so I have to get the tiny kitty tennis balls because he can just push regular sized tennis balls around,
The way they are eating the wings all whole & fresh like the video took some work,believe me. Lando is no work at all,he eats anything but Chewy is my brat & didn't like the idea of raw when we started. I took to running the different meats,bones & all, through the grinder on a large grind,mixing,bagging in small bags & freezing. Then slicing every feed time. The large grind still ensured that they had to chew their food & bones. They are thorough chewers already & you should never leave an animal unattended while raw feeding anyway.
The frozen pieces he would gnaw on without complaint. I eventually went to freezing the meat in ice cube trays that made it easier for me. The wings used to have to be frozen & he didn't see a difference,then I'd thaw them slightly & eventually he got used to the thawed wings.
They aren't very into toys other than Lando being a tiny tennis ball nut,so for toys/treats I freeze carrots or apple slices & they get to gnaw on those. Keeps the teeth clean. I make my own Greek yogurt & after I strain it all the whey gets frozen in the bone shaped ice cube trays with some liver blood or tuna juice. They like those or dehydrated liver strips. The liver is the only thing that needs to still be slightly frozen when he eats it,otherwise I get the "But mawwwwmmm,it's sliiiimy" look. Good luck with Bacardi!
As for the bones being "dangerous" you know your pet. If he gulps,he should be taught to eat slower. I had to teach the 80 lb puppy to slow down & chew. It can be done. The things that scare me to feed my dogs are those Greenie things because they shard up like glass sometimes,there was a tiny dog that came in to the vet's with internal bleed & his momma always fed him those. Or the raw hide chips for a dog that doesn't chew well,that has stuck in my dog's throat & I had to shove a couple fingers in his throat to get it dislodged. We don't play with those anymore,haha.