Most dog owners feed their dogs store-bought food. Choose a high-quality food with meat, rather than meat by-product or grains, as the first ingredient. Dry dog foods are generally healthier than moist dog foods, which tend to be higher in fat and calories. Some stores also offer refrigerated meat-based foods, which are excellent options for owners too busy to make a homemade diet but who want the benefits of homemade food. The raw food diet, which includes giving dogs raw bones, is also an excellent option for many dogs; but take the time to educate yourself on how to proceed with a raw food diet. There is more to it than just giving your dog raw meat and bones. Never give your dog cooked bones. Some owners also choose to make their own dog food. Talk to your veterinarian before making a homemade diet to ensure that the diet is complete and balanced. Generally speaking, homemade diets should be at least 70 percent protein. Educate yourself on how to proceed with a raw food diet, which can contain harmful bacteria. Always wash kitchen utensils and surfaces thoroughly to avoid contaminating bacteria.