Dogs are often thrilled by the sight of raw meat as this is what they eat when they are in the wild hunting for their prey. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case for my dog.
In fact, he was so scared of raw meat that he would run away whenever he smelled the presence of it.
If this is happening to your dog as well, let’s find out the reasons behind this behavior and look at some ways to help him overcome it.
He Got A Scolding From Stealing A Piece Of Raw Meat
It could be the case that your dog gets a scolding or punishment from his previous owner when he steals a piece of raw chicken that is left on the kitchen table for cooking.
This leads him to associate eating raw meat with negative experiences, that is, BAD things will happen to him and, as such, it makes him feel uneasy whenever he sees or smells it.
Suffering From Diarrhea After Eating Raw Meats
There is a high probability that raw meat will contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli and others.
And when your dog eats these uncooked meats, it puts him at a greater risk of developing a foodborne illness and other bacterial infections.
This, in turn, can cause your pet to suffer from health problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, and even death.
He will start to associate eating raw meats with great discomfort and that will make him stay away from them.
The best way to prevent this problem is to always make sure that you cook your dog’s raw meat thoroughly before feeding it to him.
A good way to cook it is to cut it into small pieces, put it on a plate and then cover it with foil and place it in the oven.
The process of cooking will kill all the bacteria and germs in the meat.
It’s a good idea to freeze the meat if you want to eat it within a few days.
Scent Of Raw Meat Triggers His Innate Fear Of A Predator
Dogs love meat, but they are also afraid of it. Raw meat can trigger a dog’s innate fear of a predator.
This is because a dog has a lot of experience with his predators. In order to survive, a dog must quickly identify a potential threat and then do everything in his power to avoid it.
If your dog had a bad experience of being attacked by his predators, the scent of the blood from the raw meat will trigger his innate fear.
Your dog will have an instinctive fear of anything that comes with the scent of blood.
The way to help your dog overcome that fear is by cooking the meat. After cooking, the blood scent on the meat will be gone.
It could also be the case that he knows the raw meat is meant for a more dominant dog in the house, and he will naturally stay clear of it.
In either case, the raw meat will trigger a fear response in your dog.
Unpleasant Taste Of The Raw Meat Turn Him Off
Dogs have a natural aversion to things that they find unsavory and raw meat is one of them.
Your dog doesn’t have a taste for that if he had ever eaten a seasoned cooked meat that comes with enticing look and favor!
This is even more true since domestic dogs are now well-fed with nutritious food, unlike in the wild when they can only eat what they catch.
It could also be the case that your dog has been brought up on a diet of cooked food, so he is not used to the taste of raw meat.