Guide to Raw Dog Food for Beginners

About Raw Diets

Raw diets, (also known as the BARF diet, an acronym that stands for Bones And Raw Food) are an alternative to dry dog food. They consist of various raw meats, bones, vegetables, and supplements.

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Benefits of feed raw:

  • Better skin & coat
  • Better digestion
  • Stronger immune system
  • Better health
  • More energy
  • More muscle mass

Suggested serving size for puppies and adults

You can calculate the recommended serving size for your dog here:

You can break the suggested daily serving size into two meals per day. One meal in the morning and one meal at dinner time.

The suggested serving size can be adjusted based on your dog’s individual needs. Skinny dogs may require more food in order to gain weight.

Raw diets are safe for dogs ages 12 weeks and older

Transitioning from dry dog food to raw

Day 1: No food, Only water.

Day 2: 1/4 of the suggested serving size

Day 3: 1/2 of the suggested serving size

Day 4: 3/4 of the suggested serving size

Day 5: Feed your dog the full suggested serving size

Supplements that you can use with raw diets

All Bully Max supplements are compatible with raw and kibble dog foods. You can mix them directly into a large batch, or add them to an individual raw meal.

For underweight, skinny, and growing dogs: Add 1 serving of Gorilla Max or Bully Max to their first meal of the day (Once per day)

For dogs having trouble with digestion, poor skin, poor coats, or weak immune systems: Add 1 serving of Bully Max Total Health Powder to their first meal of the day (Once per day)

For high energy breeds and working dogs: Give 1 serving of Bully Max Pro Series Chews, or 1 serving of Bully Max Training Chews after 30 minutes after a workout.

Cost of Feeding Raw VS Kibble

The cost for premium kibble: $2.19 (Bully Max High Protein Dog Food)

The cost for raw: $2.30 $2.80 per pound

The RMBs (Raw meaty bones) make up for 60% of the raw diet. The RMBs are the most expensive part of the diet.

Here are some prices you should expect to pay for various RMBs:

Lamb neck: $0.90 per pound
Lamb flap (lower rib cage): $1.10 per pound
Meaty chicken frames: $0.70 per pound
Chicken wings: $0.90 per pound
Chicken necks: $0.60 per pound
Whole chicken backs: $0.65 per pound

You can usually bring the cost of the RMBs down by purchasing in bulk from a local butcher.

Best Practices

When feeding raw, we recommend that this is the only source of dog food. It’s not recommended that you mix the raw diet with dry dog food. Along with Bully Max, the raw diet contains EVERYTHING your dog needs to reach their full potential.

Freezing and storing raw meals

You store your raw dog food the same way you store your own raw food such as hamburger patties and chicken — Place the meals in individual freezer bag or plastic container, then store them in the freezer. Keeping the meals frozen at consistent temperature of 0 °F will prevent bacterial growth.

Thawing your raw meals: DO NOT use a microwave to thaw pre-made raw meals. Microwaving meals can cause the bones to cook. NEVER feed your dog cooked bones. If bones are cooked they can become brittle, splinter, and cause internal injury.

According to the USDA’s Food Safety Fact Sheet, you can speed up the thawing process by soaking frozen meals in cold water. For faster thawing, place foods in a leak proof plastic bag and immerse it in cold water.

WARNING: If the bag leaks, bacteria from the air or surrounding environment could be introduced into the food. Be sure to keep the seal in tact.

Preventing an upset stomach

For the first couple of weeks you dog’s stomach will need to adjust to the new diet. If you dog becomes sick, it may be a sign that your dog’s body is detoxing from their previous diet. The detox process usually ends within a week or two.

Signs that your dog is detoxing:

  • diarrhea
  • bad breath
  • itchy skin

During this time, you can add digestive enzymes (Found in Bully Max Total Health), and (or), Pure pumpkin in the can (not pumpkin pie filling) to their diet. Both work magic in firming stools quickly and aiding in digestion.

What to do if your dog is vomiting

Some of the most common reasons your dog is vomiting:

Empty stomach: If your dog is vomiting on an empty stomach you will usually see yellow bile. This is a sign that they need fed.

Drinking too much water on an empty stomach: If your dog’s vomit is clear with white foam or globs of mucus, it’s a sign that they drank too much water on an empty stomach. They will need fed.

Detoxing: Vomiting may also be a part of the normal detox process that dogs go through when transitioning to the raw diet. You can add honey or apple sauce to their meals to settle their stomach during this process.

Ingested a foreign object: If you suspect your dog swallowed some type of foreign object (Sock, shoe lace, toy, etc.), you will need to monitor them closely. If the object doesn’t pass within 24 hours you will need to contact your veterinarian.

Safety concerns

When raw meals are prepared correctly, your dog is at a very low risk for contracting a food-borne illness.

Humans are at a greater risk of contracting a food-borne illness while handling and preparing raw meals.

However, This risk can be greatly reduced with good sanitation practices.

When preparing and serving raw food, clean and disinfect anything that the raw food touches. This includes kitchen counters, knives, cutting boards, food bowls, and your hands.

Homemade disinfectant formula: Fill a spray bottle with water & vinegar (50/50 ratio) and a few drops of dish soap.

This formula can be used to disinfect anything that the food touches.

Recommended Recipes:

Here are a couple of raw dog food recipes to get started:

Get more info on this diet here: Raw dog food recipe for building Muscle Mass

Recommended product for this diet: Bully Max Weight Gainer

Get more information on this diet here: Raw dog food recipe for Boosting Your Dog’s Health

For more info see this guide here.

Check out our Bully Max High Performance High Calorie Dog Food for your recipe. If you’re looking for food for your pitbull, check out our guide on the Best Dog Food for Pitbulls.

Health Boosting Raw Dog Food Recipe


Infographic: The World’s Healthiest Raw Dog Food Recipe

Raw Dog Food Recipe

Note: This recipe may be altered and isn’t set in stone. If you don’t cover every single ingredient, there’s no need to worry. As long as you include the Bully Max Total Health, The Main Protein Source (Ground turkey or ground meat), Eggs, White Rice, and a minimum of 3 vegetables, the recipe will still be considered a completed and well balanced meal by adding this dog supplement.

Ingredient List

  1. Bully Max Total Health: Bully Max total health provides the following benefits: Boosts health & immunity, Maintains hip & joint health, Increases digestive health, Maintains cardiovascular health and function, Boosts skin & coat health.
  2. Ground turkey: 10 lbs. of raw ground turkey. 85% Lean Ground Turkey (15% Fat)
  3. Eggs: 18 hardboiled eggs including the shells-cooled Studies have proved that the calcium in egg shell is highly absorbable. Eggs are easy to digest and the protein in eggs has the highest biological value of any food – Even higher than beef.
  4. White rice: 15 cups of cooked white rice-cooled (This is made from 5 cups of uncooked rice. Use white rice, not brown. White Rice is more easily digested by your dog.)
  5. Broccoli: 1 cup of RAW CHOPPED BROCCOLI Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients. Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
  6. Celery: 1 cup of RAW CHOPPED CELERY Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.
  7. Spinach: 3 cups of RAW CHOPPED SPINACH Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score of 91.
  8. Carrots: 1 cup of RAW CHOPPED CARROTS Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  9. Apples: 4 APPLES. CHOPPED WITH THE CORES REMOVED. a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
  10. Romaine: lettuce 1 Head of Romaine Lettuce. CHOPPED. This green leafy vegetable is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, lettuce boasts an exceptionally high nutrient Completeness Score of 88
  11. Coconut: 1/2 cup of of COCONUT – SHAVED Coconut is rich in medium chain fatty acids. Coconut has been reported to have a beneficial effect on a dog’s skin and coat, improve digestion, and reduce allergic reactions.

Serving Sizes

  • 10 lb. dog – 1/2 cup daily
  • 20 lb. dog – 1 cup daily
  • 40 lb. dog – 2 cups daily
  • 60 lb. dog – 3 cups daily
  • 80 lb. dog – 3 1/2 – 4 cups daily
  • 100 lb. dog – 4-6 cups daily

Getting Started on Raw

  • Day 1: Only give your dog water for the first 24 hours. No food. Mixing commercial dog food with the new diet may cause digestive issues.
  • Day 2: Feed your dog about 1/4 the amount they would normally eat.
  • Day 3: Feed your dog about 1/2 the amount they would normally eat.
  • Day 4: Feed your dog about 3/4 the amount they would normally eat.
  • Day 5: Feed your dog their full amount of food.


New to the raw diet? Check out the beginners guide to feeding raw.

How to Build a Flirt Pole for Dogs (Exercise Equipment)

One of the top exercises for bulking up your dog is using the Flirt Pole.

This is just a pole, a string, and dog toy at the end, but it will make massive gains in your dog’s posterior.

What does the Flirt Pole do?

It brings out their natural prey drive.  By jumping at the toy, it gives them a full body workout (especially rear legs and cardio).

This is a staple of any champion breeder.

Pictured above: Riddick from Manmade Kennels and his owner Mike Hughes working with a flirt pole. Manmade Kennels is one of the many champion breeders sponsored by Bully Max.

How to build your own Flirt Pole for less than $5

Materials Needed:

  1. Pvc pipe

  2. Washers (Used as a stopper)

  3. Chew toy, rag, or bandana

  4. Paracord

  5. Hockey Tape (Optional)

Total cost: $4.80

You can even make a flirt pole using household items.

An old broom stick, rope, and rag.

Total cost: $0.00!

How to use a flirt pole with your dog:

It’s actually pretty fun!

Get them to run, leap, and jump after the toy while swinging it in the air. Make it a goal to get your dog jumping higher and higher.

Dog’s love the challenge because it’s fun and the jumping is what builds up the muscles of the hind legs.

How often should my dog and I use the flirt pole?

Most breeders will do this for 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week.

If you have a dog with a lot of stamina you can do this for an hour or more.

You can even do this with multiple dogs.  They love the competition and you can train several dogs at the same time this way.

Best practices to keep your dog safe:

Make sure when using the Flirt Pole that you keep your dog on soft ground such as grass or sand.  Do not use the Flirt Pole on concrete as it can easily injure your dog!

Stay on soft ground!

Best ways to recover after a flirt pole workout:

Most body builders build their muscle 20% in the gym and 80% in the kitchen.  This is no different with dogs.

After intensive workouts with a Flirt Pole, just like any human, your dog needs to refuel on all the good stuff:

  • Protein

  • BCAAs (Branch chain amino acids)

  • Healthy fats

  • Carbs

That’s why we recommend giving your dog Bully Max Muscle Builder.  It’s a chewable flavored tablet you give your dogs after workouts.

Not only will your dog love the taste but this one tablet will contain everything needed to build muscle and aid in recovery after a great work out!

So build yourself a Flirt Pole, find some grass, and get your dog jumping!

Looking for other ways to keep that energetic dog of yours active? Check out our Indestructible Dog Ball for Power Chewers!

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Video: Step by step guide on making a flirt pole

How to build a flirt pole (Muscle Building equipment for dogs)

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Posted by Bully Max on Friday, October 23, 2015

VIDEO: Muscled up Pit Bull “ACE” from DarkDynastyK9s

Ace is a pit bull that resides in New Hampshire at DarkDynastyK9s — an organization that specializes in breeding and training some of the world’s most elite protection dogs.

Ace is one of the favorites at DarkDynastyK9s. He’s an absolute powerhouse of a pit bull and arguably the most muscled up dog on the planet.

“Compared to other pit bulls, ace is absolutely a SUPER DOG.”


“Super” Pit Bull: Training The Ultimate Protection Dog see more from Dark Dynasty K9s click the following links: #Dog #Protection #Pitbull

Posted by Barcroft TV on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Marlon is seen in this video working with a new litter of pups. His personal favorite from this litter is a pup that goes by the name “Dynasty”.

He uses a tennis ball tied to a rope to bring out his natural prey drive.

“I’m making these dogs more trainable. You also don’t want any other dog trying to dominate them. Because when your building a protection dog, they literally HAVE TO HAVE the biggest ego ever.  You literally want him to think he’s unstoppable at every turn.”

What does DarkDynastyK9s feeds their dogs?

Before and after workouts, Marlon from Darkdynastyk9s feeds his dogs Bully Max Performance Chews.

Here’s what Marlon had to say about Bully Max Performance Chews:


Message for you from DarkDynastyK9s & Bully Max from Marbella Spain listen up!

Posted by DarkDynastyK9s on Friday, June 26, 2015


How to Break Up a Dog Fight and How to Prevent Them

Pit bulls are a loyal and loving breed of dog with countless good qualities. And as a proud owner of this wonderful breed, it’s your responsibility to keep your dog—and other dogs in the area—safe and happy.

In order to do that, it’s important to take the proper steps to prevent dog fights.

In the right circumstances, all dogs will fight. But pit bulls fights can be more frequent and more severe if you don’t know how to prevent them.

A dog fight might sound scary, but the truth is that you can easily prevent them by making a few smart decisions. And if a fight does break out, you can break it up quickly as long as you know what to expect and how to react.

A Few Things You Need to Understand About Pit Bulls

  • Pit bulls were bred for fighting. This doesn’t make them mean, bad, or evil; it’s just their heritage (similar to how many other dogs are bred for hunting).
  • Other dog breeds will act out submission signals when they want to stop fighting, which usually signals the end of the fight. But pit bulls may ignore these signals, which means that a pit bull fight can lead to serious damage—or worse—if the fight is not broken up.
  • Pit bulls are “people” dogs. They love spending time with people and enjoy attention and love from your family. They do not need another dog around to be happy.

What Causes Dogs to Fight?

  • Dog fights can happen suddenly and without warning. Fights may be preceded by growling, barking, or posturing, but they may not be. Fights can even occur between dogs that have been close friends for years. And once two dogs have fought before, they are more likely to fight again in the future.
  • Fights can be triggered by seemingly innocent causes, such as excitement and stimulation from seeing a squirrel or other small animal run by. Fights can also escalate from rough-housing, competing over a toy, or even out of jealousy (for example, if one dog is getting more attention from the family).
  • Sexual hormones can cause dogs to behave much more aggressively than normal.
  • Finally, tension between dogs can cause them to fight. And one sure source of tension is an unclear pecking order. If you have a fighting breed of dog, make sure to train it properly so that it clearly understands its place in the social hierarchy.

How to Prevent Dog Fights

The #1 best way to prevent dog fights in your home is to make the pit bull your only pet. As we mentioned above, pit bulls are “people dogs” who enjoy spending time with your family and do not need another dog to be happy.

If there’s no other dog around, there’s no one for your pit bull to fight with.

If you prefer to have more than one dog, here are 8 tips to minimize any chance of fighting:

  1. Get one male and one female. Same-sex dogs are more likely to fight. Two males (or two females) are much more likely to fight than a male and a female. This is true of every breed, not just pit bulls, because two dogs of the same sex are likely to see each other as rivals.
  2. Release pent-up energy by exercising your dogs. If dogs are not exercised frequently enough, they will build pent-up energy. This can lead to dog fights.
  3. Walk your dogs together. Walking your dogs together forms a stronger pack. Dogs that have formed a strong pack are less likely to fight.
  4. Spay or neuter your pit bulls as early as possible. Sexual hormones cause them to be much more aggressive than usual.
  5. Never leave your pit bull unsupervised with other animals. If you aren’t around to watch them, each pit bull should be crated or kept in a separate room.
  6. Watch your dogs when they are playing. Even innocent rough-housing can escalate into a fight if you aren’t paying attention. Remember, as the human you are the leader of the pack—it’s your job to set limits on the dogs’ behavior.
  7. Pick up dog toys, bones, and food when they’re not being used. Two dogs who stumble across a toy or a bone could start fighting over it.
  8. Always keep your pit bull on a leash when you take them for a walk, and keep them away from other unleashed dogs. This means that you should NEVER bring an adult pit bull to an off-leash dog park.

What If A Fight Does Break Out?

If your dog does start fighting, it’s important not to panic. Screaming and panicking will not stop a fight, it will only intensify it. By staying calming and using the proper tools, you can break up the fight quickly.

How to break up a dog fight, Method 1:

The two things you will need are a break stick (to pry the dog’s mouth open) and a collar or leash (to pull the dogs apart). It’s important to keep collars on your dogs at all times. Breaking up a dog fight is more difficult when the dogs are not wearing collars.

A break stick is a stick you insert between the dog’s back teeth. Then, twist the stick to pry the dog’s mouth open.

Once the dog’s mouth is open and the hold is broken, grab their collars or leashes and pull UP. Avoid pulling them apart face to face at ground level, it will only make them fight more intensely. Separate the dogs as quickly as you can—by putting them in separate rooms, or tying one to a tree while you remove the other.

How to break up a dog fight, Method 2:

One of the FASTEST and SAFEST way to break up a dog fight is by grabbing both dogs by their collars and holding them in in the air as high as possible, so the dogs lose oxygen. Without oxygen, they will not be able to hold their grip.

Yes, one dog will usually lose oxygen before the other, but as long as both dog’s front feet are off the ground and the collar is applying direct pressure to bottom of neck (as high up on neck as possible) they WILL lose oxygen and release their grip.

Do not hold the dogs in the air ANY longer than necessary — and that is the moment the dog releases its grip.

NEVER scold or hit your dog after a fight. Speak quietly to the dog to sooth it and reduce the arousal level. After the fight is over, it’s important that you create peace, harmony, and balance.

The idea of a dog fight might sound scary, but as long as you follow this advice you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Just be mindful of your dog’s heritage, and you’ll have a loving family member who will be a source of happiness for years to come.


K9 Show Stopper VS Bully Max products

Comparison Chart:

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Number of B Vitamins411
Number of Nutrients32ONLY 17ONLY 17
Main Protein SourceWhey Protein IsolateCooked ChickenCooked Chicken
Protein Rating1597979
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Show Stopper & K9 Super Fuel Facts:

The main source of protein of both products “COOKED CHICKEN”: biological value of 79
Protein Rating Source:

  1. Uses fillers (Stabilized rice bran)
  2. Contains 0 digestive enzymes
  3. Vitamin B: Only contains B12
  4. Contains a total of 17 nutrients
  5. Contains 0 omega fatty acids

K9 Show Stopper / K9 Super Fuel products are not backed with any type of money back guarantee.

See the ingredients in Show Stopper: View Show Stopper’s Product label

Bully Max & Gorilla Max FACTS:

The main source of protein “Whey Protein Isolate”: biological value of 159 (The highest biological value score out of all protein sources). Protein Rating Source:

  1. Does NOT use fillers
  2. Contains digestive enzymes
  3. Vitamins B: Contains Vitamins B1, B12, B2, B6 + C, & K1
  4. Contains a total of 32 nutrients
  5. Gorilla Max contains the following BCAAs:
  • L*Isoleucine
  • L*Valine
  • L*Leucine *Leucine is the only amino acid that has the ability to stimulate muscle synthesis

Bully Max™ & Gorilla Max™ products are the only products backed with a 100% money back guarantee. If you don’t love the results, you won’t pay a single penny.

Try any Bully Max or Gorilla Max brand products for 30 days. If you don’t love the results, just drop us an email. We’ll refund your purchase price in full.

See the ingredients in Gorilla Max: View Gorilla Max’s Product Label

Additional benefits of Bully Max & Gorilla Max:

  • No side effects / 100% Safe
  • Made in the USA in a GMP registered facility that meets all FDA standards
  • Trusted by 393,932 dog owners including veterinarians, police k9 units, and champion breeders

Ivermectin for Dogs

If you’re currently using Heartgard as a heartworm preventative, there is a much cheaper alternative that contains the same ingredient (Ivermectin).

The cheaper alternative is a product called IVOMEC. On average, pit bull owners save $99.81 annually by using IVOMEC as an alternative to Heartgard.

That’s a savings of $1597.06 over your dog’s lifetime!

Cost of IVOMEC VS Cost of Heartgard

3-Year Supply of Heartgard: $335.94 (Can only treat one dog for 3 years)

3-Year Supply of Ivomec 1% Solution (50ml  bottle): $36.49 (Can treat an average of 3 dogs for three years)

What is IVOMEC?

Ivomec (Ivermectin) is a drug used to treat and control roundworms, lungworms, grubs, sucking lice, and mange mites in cattle and swine.

Pit Bull breeders and owners have been using Ivermectin as a heartworm preventative since 1981.

The benefits of Ivomec

Ivomec (Ivermectin) prevents heartworm disease and treats parasites such as roundworms & hookworms.

How do I give it to my dog?

Extract the Ivomec liquid from the bottle using a syringe with a needle attached. Ivomec is administered by mouth using a syringe (with the needle removed).

You can inject Ivomec into a piece of bread and feed it to your dog. DO NOT inject Ivomec into your dog’s skin.

How much do I give my dog?

For dogs: Dose is 0.0015 to 0.003 mg per pound (0.003 to 0.006 mg/kg) once a month for heartworm prevention; 0.15 mg per pound (0.3 mg/kg) once, then repeat in 14 days for skin parasites; and 0.1 mg per pound (0.2 mg/kg) once for gastrointestinal parasites. (Source:

How often do you give your dog Ivomec?

Ivomec should be used once a month.

How many dogs can I treat with one bottle?

One bottle (50 ml) of IVOMEC 1% Can treat up to 3 dogs for three years.

Storage and shelf-life of Ivomec

Ivomec is to be stored in a cool place, protected from light and moisture.  The shelf-life is three years.

 Shopping list:

  1. IVOMEC 1% Injection for Cattle and Swine (Can be purchased at most feed stores, including tractor supply plus). You can also find it online: Ivomec on Google Shopping. Average cost: $36.49
  2. A 3cc (3 ml) syringe with a needle (May be purchased at your local feed store, including tractor supply plus). The average cost is $1.50


  • BEFORE USING IVERMECTIN, YOU MUST TEST YOUR DOG FOR ADULT HEARTWORMS. Ivomec is not intended to treat adult heartworms. Giving a heartworm preventive to a dog with an adult heartworm infection may be harmful or deadly.
  • DO NOT USE IVOMEC PLUS. Ivomec Plus & other Ivomec products with added benefits can contain ingredients that are harmful to your dog.
  • HIGH DOSAGE WARNING: Ivermectin in high doses can be dangerous, even fatal, to dogs, especially to those with the MDR1 mutation. 

The breeds most affected by the MDR1 mutation are Herding Breed Cross (10% frequency), German Shepherds (10% frequency), Shetland Sheepdogs (15% frequency), English Shepherds (15% frequency), McNab Cattle Dogs (30% frequency),  Silken Windhounds (30% frequency), Australian Shepherds, & Mini Australian Shepherds (50% frequency), Long-haired Whippets (65% frequency), Collies (70% frequency).

  • HOW TO TEST YOUR DOG FOR THE MDR1 MUTATION: Washington State University offers to test for the MDR1 mutation. If you want to get your dog tested for this mutation, you can start by visiting the following URL:
  • DISCLOSURE: The information provided on this website is to help dog owners save money. If you choose to use this information, you are doing so at your own and your dog’s risk. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog has any adverse reactions. These may include but are not limited to: Depression, loss of appetite (anorexia), excessive drooling, vomiting, dilated pupils, lethargy, disorientation, tremors/seizures, inability to stand, difficulty controlling voluntary movement, blindness, slow heartbeat, coma, or respiratory distress.

Raw Dog Food Recipes for Building Muscle

Raw Dog Food RecipeThis Raw Dog Food Recipe is guaranteed to pack on some serious muscle! All ingredients with the exception of Gorilla Max may be found at your local grocery store. Gorilla Max™ is available at:

Posted by Bully Max on Sunday, September 20, 2015

Raw Diet Infographic:


About this recipe

You can use a combination of any of the vegetables listed above.

A good rule of thumb for any raw diet is 60% RMBs (Raw meaty bones), and 40% vegetable, eggs, and rice.

In this particular recipe, the ground meat will make up for 60% of the formula.

If you’re new to feeding raw, we recommend checking out the beginners guide to feeding raw dog food.

Where to purchase the ingredients

Gorilla Max can be purchased directly from The remaining ingredients may be found at your local grocery store.

For better pricing on your RMBs (Raw meaty bones), we recommend purchasing in bulk from your local butcher.

Muscle-Building Ingredients found in Gorilla Max:


Protein plays a major role in repairing muscles after workouts by supplying the muscle with their building blocks of amino acids.

Gorilla Max contains more protein than any other product on the market (76% protein per bag, 20 grams of protein per scoop, 192% more protein than dog food).


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the following vitamins play an important role in Muscle Recovery:

  • Vitamin C: Helps repair tendons
  • Vitamin D: Helps reduce inflammation
  • Vitamin E: Increases blood circulation
  • B Vitamins: Assists with cell development
  • Vitamin A: Helps the immune system and major organs function properly

Gorilla Max contains all of these vitamins


BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) are also depleted during workouts and will need replenishing.

Gorilla Max contains the following BCAAs:

  • L­Isoleucine
  • L­Valine
  • L­Leucine *Leucine is the only amino acid that has the ability to stimulate muscle synthesis

If you have any questions about this recipe, just comment below!

How to Build a Spring Pole How to Build a Spring Pole – Exercise Equipment for Dogs | Bully Max(Exercise Equipment for Dogs)

A spring pole is considered the best muscle building exercise tool for dogs, providing countless hours of fun.

Dogs love the pulling, swinging, and tugging action that the spring pole provides.

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What a spring pole does

The spring pole simulates the tug-o-war game. Dog’s are naturally challenged by this game.

It entices them to pull, hang, and swing…. As seen here in this Video of Bully Max sponsored ACE from DarkDynastyK9s:

The spring pole provides an intense muscle-building workout that burns a great deal of energy.

Parts Needed:

  1. Trigger hook / swivel eye tie snap
  2. Quick link
  3. Porch swing spring
  4. Carabiner (spring hook)
  5. A rope OR piece of firehose (The firehose is more durable)
  6. A piece of rope to hang your spring pole from a tree

If you’re unable to hang your spring pole from a tree, you can use an Everlast wood beam hanger.

Total cost $30 – $35

Complete spring pole part list

How you build it…

Step 1: Locate a place to mount the spring pole

A strong tree branch is usually the easiest way to mount your spring pole.

If a tree branch isn’t available, a wood beam would be the next best choice.

You can find a suitable wood beam in your garage, under your deck, or in your basement.

Step 2: Install a hanger for the spring pole

Tree branch method:

Tie a rope to the branch.

The rope will act as your hanger for the rest of the parts.

The bottom of this rope should be roughly 5 feet from the ground.

Wood beam method:

If you are using a wood beam, the Everlast Wood Beam Hanger was the most durable and cost effective hanger we found.

Two large screws are provided with the wood hanger. Using a ratchet, screw the screws through the holes in wood beam hanger and into the wood beam.

Other hanging methods:

You can get some additional ideas on how to hang your spring pole by searching for the term “heavy bag mount” in google images.

Step 3: Connect your parts together

Attach your parts together in this order (From the top to bottom)

  • Rope or wooden beam hanger
  • Trigger hook
  • Quick link
  • Porch spring
  • Carabiner (spring hook)
  • Fire hose or toy

After your parts are all connected, here’s what the spring pole will look like:

Step 4: Introduce your dog to the spring pole

You can get them started by holding the tug rope and shaking it.

This will entice them to start using the spring pole.

Some dogs may need more encouragement than others. If your dog isn’t showing interest in the spring pole, you can encourage them to use it by rewarding them with verbal praises and treats.

You can also attach a cowhide to the rope in order to increase their interest.

If they still aren’t grasping the concept, you can lower the spring pole to ground level and play tug games with them. Overtime you can gradually raise the height of the rope until it’s high enough for them to hang from it.

Challenge your dog

To make it more challenging you can raise the height of the rope as high as 6 feet in the air!


Pictured above is Bully Max sponsored ACE from DarkDynastyK9s. A perfect example of the results that a good workout on the spring pole and the right diet delivers.

ACE uses Gorilla Max to get the most out of his workouts on the spring pole.

For dogs of all ages and breeds

Dogs of all ages and breeds enjoy using the spring pole.

Puppies: adjust the height of the rope as needed.

Beginners: recommended height: 4 feet off the ground

Advanced: recommended height: 6+ feet off of the ground

Video: How to build a spring pole

Any questions on building a spring pole? Just comment below! And if you’re looking for other ways to pump up the activity for your dog, don’t forget to check out our Indestructible Dog Ball from our Bully Max dog equipment collection.