Meal prep for dogs - The Ultimate Guide for Beginners

Raw Dog Food Meal Prep For Beginners

Have you ever thought about raw dog food meal prep?

As in making your own raw meals for dogs because ordering the premade kind adds up quickly, especially towards the end of the month?

If you have thought about it but never followed through, maybe the idea seemed dauting at best and impossible at first.

Or maybe your vet keeps telling you that homemade raw dog food won’t be balanced and will hurt your pup in the long run. 

Maybe your better half thinks you’re crazy for wanting to make your pup’s own raw meals because you don’t even bother cooking for them!

Learn how to raw dog food meal prep

Hey, I get it. And I’ve been there too.

I definitely remember the look on my ex-husband’s face when I filled the tub in the spare bathroom with water and frozen individual cuts of meat.

I did that to let them thaw for my very first batch of raw meals.

Thawing raw dog food in the bath tub

Sorta like “OK, she’s completely crazy now.”

He did come around when I pointed out that less money spent on raw dog food meant more money for fun stuff like motorcycles and videogames. 

Don’t get me wrong, he never prepared a single raw meal himself.

But at least he quit rolling his eyes at my alternative use of the guest bath tub. 

In the end, saving money on raw dog food didn’t end up saving my marriage.

But for me, the potential to save money is definitely what made me overcome my fears of making my own raw meals and learning all about raw dog food meal prep. 

How to make a raw diet for dogs

That was back in 2016, 6 months after I started feeding raw in 2015.

Because let me tell you, I sure know what it’s like to overspend on premade raw dog food! 

My Boxer mixes Missy and Buzz weighed a combined 130lbs. That quickly passed the $500 mark in premade raw dog food for both per month. 

Bone appétit - My Dogs Are Digging Into Their Raw Dog Food

So yeah, that wasn’t sustainable for long. But I also wasn’t ready to go back to feeding kibble!

Sound familiar?

I think we both know you’re ready for a shift. 

So, if you want to learn about raw dog food meal prep, now is as good a time to do it as ever.

Quick Sunday Morning Raw Dog Food Meal Prep

In this raw dog food e-book, I’ll walk you through: 

  • 2 SIMPLE raw dog food recipes you can feed in different variations
  • 8 Hacks to make raw dog food meal prep/feeding easier
  • A printable raw feeding amount cheat sheet for adult dogs
  • Raw dog food shopping lists + raw dog food inventory sheets
  • Resources and promo codes if you’re on a tight budget
  • Free link to help with food allergies/sensitivities 
  • BONUS: A PDF with the bone percentages of 20 of the most common RMBs (Raw Meaty Bones)


8 Hacks for making your own raw dog food

Isn’t it high time you felt like you knew exactly what it takes to make your own raw meals for dogs? 

Not that buying premade raw meals isn’t convenient. 

But I want to help you skip the learning curve, and start making fresh, yummy, nutritious raw meals your pups will be drooling for.

Right in the comfort of your very own kitchen.

I promise: it’s not as hard as you think!


About The Author

Let me take a moment to properly introduce myself now that you already know I'm divorced.

Hey, I’m Barbara Rivers, dog nutrition blogger and author of this e-book as well as of: 

Raw dog food blogger Barbara Rivers

I’ve successfully been feeding my pups raw dog food since 2015 and am raw dog food nutrition certified from Dogs Naturally Magazine.

Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist Certificate of Completion

So What’s The Cost of Making Your Own DIY Raw Dog Food?

Let me share a little math with you.

A 50 lb dog who needs 2% of her target body weight in meat per day eats about 1 lb/day That’s for a dog who exercises moderately.

That translates into 30 lb/month. 

Now let’s assume that dog does poorly with chicken, which is why you can’t source this (inexpensive) meat.


BUT even if you feed turkey, beef, and lamb, you can get your hands on 30 lb for $70-100, as long as you buy the meat when it’s on sale.

And trust me, I constantly find and buy meat that’s on sale, or inexpensive to begin with.

For example.

Walmart carries turkey necks for a couple bucks. And my local grocery store marks their ground lamb down to 2.99-4.99/lb on a regular basis.

K9sOverCoffee | Ground Lamb on sale at a local grocery store in NC
K9sOverCoffee | Ground lamb on sale for $2.99:lb

Those $70-100 are the same price you’d pay for a “high quality” bag of kibble like Annamaet or Orijen dog food.

-> Btw, this is how you do the math:
50 (body weight)/100 = 0.5 x 2(percentage) = 1 lb = 16 oz

Wally supervising raw dog food meal prep

Promo raw dog food recipe offer for $9.99!

If you suspect this could be your raw dog food game changer, take advantage of my promo offer for just $9.99!

Raw dog food meal prep - the ultimate guide for beginners

Do you have any comments or questions about raw dog food meal prep?

Please leave them below in the comment section or email me at barbara@k9sovercoffee.com!

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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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