I’m not a chef. I’ve not always been interested in food preparation. That’s probably why, in my home, I am in charge of feeding the dogs. Serving the dogs can take no more effort than pouring kibble in their bowls. It does not require much energy to make my dogs happy. I have 2 Australian Shepherds – they usually eat anything I give them.

I have enjoyed feeding different kinds of quality foods like; raw diet, dehydrated whole food, canned food, and grain-less kibble. Sometimes I feed one kind of food in the morning and then another kind in the evening. The different kinds of food have their place. Kibble is the most convenient, but it gets boring feeding it all the time. My dogs like variety. I think I’ve done a good job with their food – they are fit and trim, their stools are firm and easy to clean up and most important thing is – they like it. They leave no food in their bowls – not even a crumb.

Recently, I have injected a new vitality into my dog food preparation. The boost came when I discovered making homemade dog food in a slow cooker or crock pot. The crock pot is so easy to use. It makes food preparation kind-a-fun. I’ve experimented with the best, whole ingredients . I chop a little bit of this and a little bit of that, mix it all together in the pot, add water, and turn on the power. In about 6 – 8 hours later, VOILA – It’s done! I am tempted to eat it myself.

The dogs like it so much that I call it Good Mood Dog Food or MOGO which is short for More Go. Even the dogs can say “MOGO”. What happens to the dogs around MOGO is equivalent to what happens to a cat around catnip. They break into a playful frenzy, prompting and nudging me to roll on the floor with them. They would do anything for their MOGO, including jumping on the counter. So, here the first rule of MOGO: DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK WITH THE MOGO ON THE COUNTER!

If you don’t already have a professional counter-surfer you can help prevent one by putting the MOGO away, in the fridge. I’m not kidding. MOGO has a way of transforming your dog. Once they taste it, they don’t waste it!

The easiest part about using the crock pot is that you can just mix all of the ingredients into the pot without having to follow a particular order. After chopping them up and mixing it all together, set the Temp on High for 4 Hours. My crockpot cooks on high for 4 hours, and then automatically changes to low temp for 2 hours,, and then shuts off. So, I can mix the MOGO in the morning, head off to work and it’s done when I get home. The electricity consumption is equivalent to running two, 100 watt light bulbs.




7 Cups Water

1 Cup Brown Rice

1 Cup Whole Oats

1 Medium Size Yam

1 Apple

1 Carrot

1 Cup Frozen Green Peas

2 Cup Frozen Spinach

1 Cup Frozen Blue Berries

1/4 Cup Chopped Almonds

1 Heaping Teaspoon Crushed Garlic

1 Heaping Teaspoon Crushed Ginger

1 to 1.5 lb. lean ground meat (beef, poultry, fish, lamb, buffalo, caribou, venison, etc.) 



$49.00    Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Slow Cooker

$8.50      Food Ingredients

45¢         Electricity Cost (6 Hours @ about 195 watts)



  • When the MOGO is done cooking, use oven gloves to pick up the crock pot bowl.
  • Pour the MOGO into a large plastic bowl and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Let MOGO cool down before feeding it to the dogs. Warm MOGO is okay to feed.
  • You may need to feed more MOGO per volume compared to kibble, due to its water content.
  • This recipe makes about 10 cups of food – or about 8 servings for a dog weighing between 45 and 55 lbs.
  • Store the remainder in the refrigerator.
  • Start by feeding small portions of MOGO to get your dog’s digestive systems accustomed to it.
  • Don’t leave the MOGO open on the counter. Your dog may jump up to eat it.


Have Fun!

Dan Roy –
SF SPCA CTC – Certified Trainer and Counselor
CPDT-KA – Certified Professional Dog Trainer