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I never thought of myself as being one of those people who cooked for their dogs. Heck, I don’t even like cooking for people (though I do it almost every night).

So what has changed my attitude towards making my dogs’ food? Two very picky Yorkies with one having severe allergies.

My chihuhuas Lucy and Lucas will eat pretty much anything you put in front of them. My Yorkies are very picky and when they do like something, they may like it for a few days and then turn their noses up at it.

black yorkie and orange and white chihuahua eating dog food

So we have some variety. I have several different kinds of meals that I feed them and we switch those every few days. The other foods I feed them aren’t homemade, but they are high-quality home-delivered food. Even though the home-delivered food is more expensive than many of the dog foods found in stores, they don’t aggravate Ziggy’s allergies and I feel better about giving all the dogs human-grade food. Also since I don’t feed it to them every day, it’ lasts longer than it would if they ate it daily.

Yorkie in blue sweater eating dog food

So the way it works is I will do 2 days of the food I make, then I will do a day or two of home-delivered food, and then another day or two of my food, and so on. This way they will always eat what I give them.

So you are probably thinking, get on with it, get to the recipe. Okay, here you go:

Cathy’s Dog Food Recipe for Picky Dogs


Ingredients for homemade dog food recipe
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1-2 Tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 bag frozen mixed veggies, prepared according to directions
  • 1 cup rice, cook according to directions (sometimes I switch this out for cubed sweet potatoes)
  • 1 can tuna
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Beef bone broth
  • Dog Vitamins (I use these)


  1. Cook up your ground beef or turkey in olive or coconut oil.
  2. While meat is cooking, prepare your rice and mixed veggies.
  3. When the meat is almost done, add the eggs and scramble them with the meat until cooked through.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and cool in the fridge.
  5. Transfer to a sealed container.
  6. I feed my dogs 1/3 cup of this at mealtimes. I will often add a small amount (about 1/8 cup) of dry food to give them something crunchy to eat with it.
  7. You can store this in the fridge for up to a week and you can also freeze it.

So is the extra work worth it to me to make their food? Yes! It doesn’t take long to make it. Maybe 20 minutes. And I control what is in their food.

Ziggy’s allergies are under control now and both Yorkies will eat this food as long as I vary it every couple of days with something different. Of course, Lucas and Lucy love the homemade food too and they would be fine with having it every night.

If you are interested in the other foods the dogs eat here is the list. I have written articles about them and will add the links to those if you are interested:

Pup Above Cubies (this is what I often add to their meals)

A Pup Above dog food

Ollie Dog Food

My vet has checked over my recipe and approved it. The only suggestion he had was to add some dog vitamins which I did.

Let me know if you try it and if your dog liked it. And leave a comment if you have any questions.

Cathy signature with cartoon chihuahua
blond woman holding white chihuahua

Cathy Bendzunas

Pet Blogger

I have had dogs all my life. I have been a pet groomer, worked in a pet hotel, and a kennel, and have bred and showed dogs.


Wednesday 6th of March 2024

What dog videos are best and can u buy them on amazon.?

Cathy Bendzunas

Wednesday 6th of March 2024

What kind of dog videos are you talking about Paulie?