Raw Feeding Benefits | The Naked Paw | BARF


It’s called lots of things – raw dog food, fresh dog food, PMR, even BARF!

They are based on the biological facts that dogs are carnivores, (or some even argue evolved omnivores), and as such they should be fed a fresh meat and bone diet. A quick glance at a label of even the most premium of dry dog foods is all it takes to understand how much colour, additives, grains and fillers are in incorporated. It really gets you questioning whether it’s good for your dog.

The acronym BARF was coined in Australia by Dr Ian Billinghurst. It stands for Bones and Raw Food (but was later tweaked to Biologically Appropriate Raw Food).

PMR stands for Prey Model Raw which similar to BARF, is based on a belief of feeding ‘prey’ style meals such as whole kangaroo tails, fish skeletons etc. The primary difference between BARF and PMR is the inclusion of fruit and veggies in BARF whereas PMR is purley meat, bone and organ.


As a guide, an adult dog on a raw diet should eat approximately 2.5% of their body weight per day . If your dog is a little heavy or a bit lazy, they may need a little less. If they are active and well exercised, they may need a little more. Puppies from  3 – 12 months should be eating closer to 3 -6% of their body weight per day.

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Raw Food Transitioning | The Naked Paw | BARF


Some dogs will adapt to a new diet without any bother, but there’s a chance your pup may experience some light digestive upset when making the switch to The Naked Paw. We recommend transitioning their meals over a period of 7-10 days.

As a guide, we suggest a transition such as the below. Please use this as a guide only – you know your pup best so be mindful of any signs of an upset tummy such as diarrhea and always ensure they have access to plenty of fresh water.

  • Days 1 – 3 : 25% The Naked Paw & 75% old diet

  • Days 4 – 6: 50% The Naked Paw & 50% old diet

  • Days 7 – 9: 75% The Naked Paw & 25% old diet

  • Day 10: 100% The Naked Paw and never look back!

*If your dog is experiencing any lethargy or appears generally unwell please contact your vet.

Please note:
Now that you are feeding a raw based diet, it is important to treat hygiene as you would do for yourself. Store The Naked Paw meals in the freezer. Thaw the amount of product you will use within 4-5 days. Make sure to wipe down all surfaces and clean all utensils with anti-bacterial products after use. Don’t forget to pop your dogs bowl through the dishwasher. Last but not least make sure to wash your hands after handling any raw meat product.

Raw Feed Benefits | The Naked Paw | BARF Benefits of Raw Based Diet Improved Skin and Coat Healthier Teeth and Improved Breath Smaller Stools Higher Energy Levels Raw Feed Benefits | The Naked Paw | BARF Improved Skin and Coat The first physical change will be in the coat. Up to 40% of the protein a dog eats goes into their skin and coat! Thus when a dog is fed a low meat protein, cereal based diet (most dry foods) they will not have the protein spare to grow a healthy coat. In general raw dog food is high in fresh meat (protein) and fresh fat, which work together to fuel a luxurious coat, like the one you can see on Hector above (not a doctored image!). Raw Feed Benefits | The Naked Paw | BARF Healthier Teeth and Improved Breath Cutting out dry kibble and offering a dog some meat on the bone improves dental hygiene and reduces bad breath (9/10 dry fed dogs suffer gum disease by 2 years and 9/10 are dry fed). Kibble bounces off the teeth, so now there is specially formulated “dental types”. Unfortunately, the fact that dogs have no amylase in their saliva (it breaks down carbohydrate sugars in the mouth), means that the sugars in these dry food products fuel bacteria growth leading to poor dental health and hygiene (plaque, tartar, calculus, gingivitis, periodontal disease). Put simply, dogs need fresh meaty bones to clean their teeth, not cooked, raw. Raw Feed Benefits | The Naked Paw | BARF Higher Energy Levels Ever felt that your pooch has too much energy or sometimes not enough energy? What your furbaby eats has a lot of effect on behavior as well as energy levels. A surge of carbs from kibbles can give your dog an energy spike making him or her super restless, and then the drop makes them feel tired. In addition, additives in commercial food can make your pooch almost lethargic at times and a bundle of loose wires the next. Pet parents who’ve placed their Jekyl and Hyde furbabies on the raw dog food diet report a stabilizing of the crazy energy level highs and lows. Wouldn’t you want the same too? Raw Feed Benefits | The Naked Paw | BARF Smaller Stools For those who don’t know, the waste of a raw fed dog is usually much firmer, smaller, less smelly and generally easier to pick up as a result. The reason why is simple: because the dog hasn’t eaten anything it cannot process or the body cannot use, there is very little wasted, resulting in very little waste. Many commercial canned or dried foods contain an often significant amount of fillers and carbohydrates – some as much as 70%. Dogs are generally held to be carnivores, given their teeth, digestive systems and behavior and most raw feeders agree that dogs are simply not designed to eat or process carbohydrates.


While some dry and raw dog food claims to be ‘complete’ or fulfilling ‘all your dogs vitamin and mineral needs’ this is almost impossible to achieve from a single or few products. For example a human could not eat the same exact meal day in and day out and get all of the nutrition they need. The Naked Paw offers a great combination of proteins, vitamins and minerals to give your dog optimal health. For those who are keen to journey in to the world of raw feeding, you may choose to add things into your meals to give it a supercharged nutrition boost.

A tin of sardines or tuna

Sardines are a superfood for dogs and better still, one of the cheapest, (about $1 a can), and easiest things to add to your dogs meal.

A tin of sardines or tuna

Sardines are a sustainable fish with low mercury levels, are high in protein, and provide a complete range of trace minerals, including natural forms of zinc. They also contain vitamins including D, B12, E and K and a full range of antioxidants. Fresh whole sardines are great if you can get them or if buying them in a can, look for an option in water or olive oil and without any added salt of flavours.


Watermelon is almost 90% water, so it is great for keeping your dog well hydrated.


Watermelon is packed with  Vitamins A, C, and B-6, as well as potassium which helps maintain healthy muscles and nerve function.


Does your dog have feet that smell like corn chips? That is commonly a symptom of an over production of yeast and Kefir might be worth a try.


This super food looks a little like yogurt and contains beneficial yeast strains like torula and saccharomyces that can combat the strains that cause those stinky feet. Kefir has also been known to relieve digestive upset, ease some allergies, and act as a mild antibiotic/anti-fungal agent.

Shark cartilage powder

A concentrated hit of Glucosamine Sulphate and Calcium – a great addition for older dogs or any suffering from joint or mobility issues such as arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Shark cartilage powder

Acting as an anti inflammatory, it can reduce joint swelling and can offer a boost to the immune system.

Apple cider vinegar

While this one some say is an old wives tale, others claim it is the best natural alternative or support for flea and tick repellant.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can also be added to water bowls, (though monitor closely as some dogs will not drink their water if they do not like the taste). As an alternative, you can make a spray of 50/50 apple cider vinegar and water and spray directly on to your dog to help keep those fleas and tics at bay.

Fruit and veggies

Most offer nutritional benefits to dogs. These are best absorbed by dogs if they are blended in to a paste type consistency or diced finely.

Fruit and veggies

Have a look HERE for a quick A –Z  guide as to the yes and no fruit and veggies for dogs.