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Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet: Healthier Dog Food the ABC Way

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A well-researched, easy to follow system of feeding your dog with readily available, quality "commercial" dog food along with carefully selected "add-ons." Also excellent for those who feed their dog a homemade diet and need to balance nutrients precisely for health. ...more
Paperback, 133 pages
Published December 14th 2009 by Dogwise Publishing (first published November 9th 2009)
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Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dogs are distinctly different from wolves, and I just can't wholesale buy that we should feed our dogs to match an estimate of wolf diet. Dogs have coevolved with people and their dietary needs should be determined separately! ...more
Tabitha Thompson
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very thorough explanation of why his recipes are the way they are. He shows how he gets all the required nutrients to balance. The ABC days are something that are easily implemented one day a week to improve long-term health. Most people who criticize any book on homemade diet for pets say it's too complicated, too expensive, requires difficult ingredients, etc. I think most people hope a recipe will just tell them to use hamburger and rice and everything will be fine forever!

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Dec 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
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On one hand, there were some good recommendations. On the other, some worried me and at times there seemed to be little solid basis for the recommendation. The suggested amount of salt to add to various recipes (ranging from one to two teaspoons) is excessive. Much of this book is overly technical. It wouldn't suit a reader who is looking for an easy introduction to raw feeding but is for the person who already has some knowledge of this topic and can judge for themself how valid the recommendat ...more
Molly Moody
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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A lot of science but he does a great job summarizing & reviewing. And reading btw the science lines works too.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Informative, but too many charts, too technical and complicated for someone who just wants to start the raw journey with their dogs.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Repetitive but overall useful. His approach and recipes are comprehensive and now serve as the basis for my dogs diet. It's too bad she doesn't seem to enjoy the food without bribes and coaxing. ...more
Becky Herrera
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for anyone who wants to improve their dogs diet. It isn't an all or nothing approach like some books tell you. Steve Brown, the author says that even if you choose to feed a primarily kibble or canned or even commercial frozen raw diet, you can improve that diet with just one day a week of real fresh food. Your goal is to help make whatever your current diet is better by increasing the amount of real protein, balancing the fats and completing the diet with fresh veggies and ...more
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All dog owners!
This book is my new bible! Its exactly what I needed to form recipes for people who ask in practise. This book should be mandatory to every dog owner.

Most commercial dog foods are totally inadequate when it comes to providing a dog with a proper balance of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fats.

If you own a dog then you need to read this book!
Lisa Sipe
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting. Not sure what I think yet. I need to check the footnotes, but much of it makes sense - fresh food has micro-nutrients that shelf-stable, prepared, dry food doesn't. Seems like an informed way to start adding fresh, healthy foods in balance to a dry food diet. The recipes are great. ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dog lovers
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Horse sense for your buddy's sake! ...more
Eduardo Felix diaz
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Good info, specially for starter diet on raw foods, I am however a little hesitant to take all recommendations I need a little more research on the subject.
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with a dog
Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet by Steve Brown is recommended reading for anyone remotely concerned about what to feed their dog.
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