Prey model raw dog food recipe with 4 different protein sources

Easy Prey Model Raw Dog Food Recipe with 6 Ingredients

Today I’m sharing an easy prey model raw dog food recipe for my dog Wally. He’s an adult Feist mix (currently 3 years old) and weighs 38 lb.

This particular recipe follows the prey model approach of raw feeding and consists of 4 different protein sources:

Camel, beef, chicken and fish (mussels)

Prey model raw dog food imitates what a dog’s prey animal would look like in the wild. They’re put together following a specific formula. More on that later.

Another option to feed raw dog food is the B.A.R.F. approach.

It stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, or Bones And Raw Food, and includes plant matter. For example, veggies, fruit, herbs, seeds and nuts.

I use both approaches when making Wally’s raw dog food and add about 10% puréed plant matter every other day to mimic the stomach contents of a prey animal.

The reason I purée it is because dogs lack the enzyme that’s responsible for breaking down plant cell walls.

That means that veggies and fruit wouldn’t be fully digested if they were eaten whole.

Easy prey model raw dog food recipe with 6 ingredients

6 Ingredient Raw Dog Food Recipe following the Prey Model Approach

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80/10/10 Feeding Formula for Prey Model Raw Dog Food

As mentioned above, prey model raw dog food recipes follow a specific formula. It’s known as the 80/10/10 formula, or 80/10/5/5:

  • 80% muscle meat
  • 10% raw meaty bones (aka RMBs)
  • 10% secreting organs (5% liver, 5% other secreting organ like kidney or pancreas for example). 

Tip: If you’d like to add veggies and fruit to your dog’s raw meals, decrease the 80% muscle meat to 70% and add 10% puréed veggies/fruit instead.

I Used Ingredients from Walmart, Raw Paws Pet Food, & Raw Feeding Miami

For this particular raw dog food recipe, I used a mix of ingredients purchased from Walmart and raw dog food retailers Raw Paws Pet Food and Raw Feeding Miami:

Walmart: Beef tongue (Muscle meat). Alternative: Chicken breast or ground turkey.                      

Walmart: Chicken foot (Raw meaty bone). Also available at Raw Paws Pet Food. Alternative: Chicken wing or turkey neck.

Raw Paws Pet Food: Ground beef green tripe (Muscle meat). If your dog doesn’t do well with beef, feed lamb green tripe or goat green tripe instead.

Raw Feeding Miami: Camel trim (Muscle meat). Try rabbit, lamb or ostrich as a novel protein alternative.              

Raw Feeding Miami: GLMs = Green Lipped Mussels (Muscle meat – Fish). Alternative: Herring, mackerel or sardines. If you want to feed salmon (from the Pacific), make sure it’s been frozen for 3 weeks.

Raw Feeding Miami: Monstermash (Secreting organ mix). Alternative: Feed liver and another secreting organ such as kidney or brains.

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Easy prey model raw dog food recipe with 6 ingredients

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Measurements or how much raw meat to feed your dog

Raw fed dogs eat 2-4% of their target body weight in raw food per day.

The exact amount depends on each dog’s age, activity level, and metabolism. You could start with 2.5% of your dog’s target body weight and adjust from there. 

Tip: Puppies can eat raw dog food as of 3 weeks of age, but eat varying amounts until they’re about 1 year old.

As mentioned earlier, my dog Wally weighs 38 lb and eats 2.5% of that weight in raw meat every day. That’s 15.2 oz. I divide his allowance into 2 for breakfast and dinner. That said, he eats about 7.6 oz per meal.

How to calculate 2.5% of 38 lb:

2.5%/100 = 0.025 x 38 = 0.95

0.95 lb total daily raw meat allowance = 15.2 oz per day = 7.6 oz per meal 

80% of 0.95 lb (15.2 oz) = 0.76 lb (= 12.16 oz) of muscle meat per day = 6.8 oz muscle meat/meal 

10% of 0.95 lb (15.2 oz) = 0.095 lb = 1.52 oz of raw meaty bones/day. I usually only include raw meaty bone in one of Wally’s daily meals to make it easier to measure out.

10% of 0.95 lb (15.2 oz )= 0.095 lb = 1.52 oz of secreting organ/day

K9sOverCoffee | Wally's raw dinner following the prey model of raw feeding and consisting of 4 different protein sources
Wally’s raw dog food dinner

Measurements for this raw dog food recipe

Wally had the following amount of raw meat in his bowl:

  • 7.2 oz of muscle meat 
  • 0.9 oz of raw meaty bone (the chicken foot weighs 1.52 oz, but only 60% of it is bone)
  • 1.52 oz of secreting organ

I divided it up as follows:

  • 2 oz camel trim, 2 oz beef tongue, 2 oz beef green tripe, 0.8 oz GLMs (Green Lipped Mussels)
  • 1.52 oz of chicken foot 
  • 1.52 oz of Monstermash

The chicken foot weighed 1.5 oz, and 1 GLM was just shy of 1 oz. The chicken foot consists of roughly 60% bone and 40% meat, so that’s close enough for his bone allowance for this meal.

Tip: Don’t drive yourself crazy with over the top math calculations for your adult dog. It’s OK for cuts of meat to be off by a little. Just make sure you achieve balance over the course of 7-10 days. Use your pup’s poop consistency as a guideline: If it’s too soft, add more bone. If it’s too hard, feed less bone.

The secreting organs in this meal covered his daily allowance of secreting organ, so his next meal only consisted of muscle meat and another chicken foot.

Tip: Instead of using the Monster Mash secreting organ mix from Raw Feeding Miami, you can also feed 5% liver and 5% of a different secreting organ. For example, kidney, eyeballs or brains. I just like the Monster Mash mix for convenience sake and recommend it to beginners.

Feed your Dog a Variety of Raw Protein Sources

It’s important to feed your dog a variety of different raw protein sources to ensure that he gets all the nutrients he needs to thrive.

Different cuts of meat from different animals contain different nutrients.

Not every single meal has to consist of different protein sources, but you should achieve variety over the course of a few weeks.

You could, for example, feed chicken one week, beef the next, followed by rabbit and then duck. 

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What are Green Tripe and Organ Mix Monstermash?

Green tripe and organ mix Monstermash have become two of my favorite go to ingredients over the years whenever I put my dog’s own raw meals together.

Green tripe is the stomach lining of ruminant animals like cows, sheep, and goats.

It’s great for gut health because it’s chock full of digestive enzymes.

The one downfall is that it’s a bit on the smelly side, but as such it’s a phenomenal enticer for picky eaters!

K9sOverCoffee.com | Chunked beef green tripe
Chunked beef green tripe

Monstermash is Raw Feeding Miami’s secreting beef organ mix.

It consists of 5% liver and 5% other secreting organs (green tripe, liver, kidney, spleen, and one other secreting organ that alternates).

It’s super convenient when putting your own meals together because it’s a great secreting organ blend. 

K9sOverCoffee.com | Organ mix Monstermash for raw meal prep
Organ mix Monstermash

The only time when I wouldn’t recommend it is if you know that your dog doesn’t do well on beef.

In that case, I’d order secreting organs from a different animal.

For example, rabbit liver or kidneys, turkey liver, brains or beef eyeballs.

Cutting up lamb brains for Wally's raw dog food
Lamb brains
K9sOverCoffee.com | A bag of raw beef eyeballs from Raw Feeding Miami
Raw beef eyeballs from Raw Feeding Miami

How to Meal Prep Raw Dog Food

If you’re interested in learning more about how to put your dog’s own raw meals together, check out my e-book Raw Dog Food Meal Prep For Dogs – The Ultimate Guide for Beginners. 

It covers the basics of raw meal prep for dogs and includes: 

  • Shopping lists 
  • Raw dog food cheat sheet
  • Where to shop for the ingredients 
  • Resources to use 
  • Hacks to make raw meal prep easier

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Mighty Paw's Slow Feed Insert combined with Yeti's Boomer 4 Dog Bowl. Both are top rack dishwasher safe.

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Dr. Harvey's Paradigm Base Mix. It's low-carb which is particularly great for dogs on a keto diet and those with health issues like diabetes and cancer.

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.


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