Please read carefully before feeding.
We get it; our dogs are our universe. They are the sun, the moon, and everything in between, and we want to spoil them. We thank you for choosing Real Dog Box to include more real food into your dog's diet. We greatly respect and appreciate you for taking this next step in your fresh food journey.
We take feeding your dog very seriously, and you should, too. You are responsible for knowing what you are feeding and asking questions about things you are unsure of. We help thousands of dogs eat real food - and because of that, we understand that our products are not for everyone. At every opportunity, we educate and empower you to learn more about feeding real food - we send info cards with product information and emails and post regularly to social media. In our experience, however, not everyone chooses to follow our instructions. So we've made a very intentional effort to ask you to FEED RESPONSIBLY and to make our team accessible to answer your questions.
Your dog’s box of treats and chews is extremely high value because it is real food. And as with anything you feed your dog, there are risks and benefits.
Your dogs will be eager to dig in, but before you do… Please read this carefully, things can go wrong and accidents happen. We cannot be physically there to feed your dog, but we can certainly guide you and prepare you for unexpected events.
Start Slow - Know Their Portion Size
You wouldn’t feed an entire roast chicken to an infant. And even as an adult, you know that you should split that up into several meals.
Each “chew” in your dog’s box… is real food. Look at the size of the chew and the size of your dog. A toy breed-sized dog could eat a duck wing in 4 to 6 sessions, while a large breed could eat it in one.
One real chew a day can help keep your dog’s teeth clean. A chew session under 10 minutes is more than sufficient.
Will some of you feed more than that? Inevitably, the answer is: yes.
And we will do our best to guide you when that happens.
Supervise While Chewing
Shelf Life & Storage
Nutrient-Dense - A Small Amount Goes A Long Way
What Are The Risks Involved In Fresh Feeding?
Know Your Dog
- Dalmatians are predisposed to developing urate bladder stones due to a genetic mutation that affects the metabolism of purines, leading to an elevated uric acid level in their urine. Yorkshire Teries are also prone to rate stones. Organ meat and other food with high levels of purine should be fed to these dogs.
- Miniature Schnauzers and Bichon Frises are prone to developing calcium oxalate bladder stones. Avoid feeding your dog nuts, rhubarb, beets, green beans, and spinach.
- Shih Tzus are predisposed to developing struvite bladder stones composed of magnesium, ammonium, and phosphate. Diets with lower levels of animal proteins are recommended.
- Newfoundlands, English Bulldogs, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, and Mastiffs are all genetically predisposed to cystine bladder stones. Reducing the level of methionine, an amino acid in meat, or increasing the amount of vegetables in their diet may help with these stones.
How Much Food Should You Give Your Dog?
There are several ways to calculate how much food your dog needs, but basically, it depends on your dog’s age, weight, and activity level. Measuring in weight measurements, pounds or kilograms, is more straightforward than figuring out how many calories your dog needs. Keep in mind that every dog is different and you’ll need to make adjustments for your individual dog. General guidelines are:
Not very active dogs need about 2% of their body weight daily. Not very active means that your dog gets less than 1 hour of exercise daily. Most house dogs fall into this category.
Somewhat active dogs need about 2.5% of their body weight daily. Somewhat active dogs get around 2 hours of exercise daily.
Very active dogs need about 3% of their body weight daily. Very active dogs are those getting 3 hours of exercise daily.
Super active dogs need about 3.5% of their body weight daily. A super-active dog gets 4 or more hours of exercise each day.
Feeding according to activity level is essential for obesity prevention. Over 50% of the dogs in the US are overweight or obese.
Watching your dog’s body condition and adjusting the amount of food provided will help keep off those unwanted extra pounds.
Feed Real Food